9/11: Wake me up when September ends

I’ve never looked forward to September. I love the summer, so it’s always meant the end of warm – OK, frequently hot – days. And for 17 years it also meant the beginning of another long school year, and that was never a good thing.

But in 2001, September took on a whole new meaning.

Words fail me.

To say September 11, 2001, was a defining moment in my life is an understatement. It brought horror, disbelief, and an unrelenting sadness home on a magnitude of nothing else I had experienced until then. (Since, I’ve endured the death of my father, the loss of a longtime job, the death of my eldest cat, and my mother’s cancer diagnosis – grief-filled to the last.)

Its scope was ceaseless, too. If you lived anywhere in the Tri-State area, the signs of 9/11 were unavoidable no matter where you went. It was nigh impossible for me, because at the time I was working for a daily newspaper in Central New Jersey.

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“Twilight”: A whole lotta howling goin’ on in New Jersey

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So I attended the “Twilight” convention in Parsippany this weekend, and there were more wolves there than you could shake a fist at.

Whoa, Nelly! You don't want to see us angry.

Here’s the highlights (in my opinion, anyway) of what the stars said/did. Alas, Robert Pattinson was not in attendance.

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“Twilight”: Your blood doesn’t lie

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It’s hard to believe it’s only been two years since a little movie called “Twilight” first hit theaters. And, to be completely honest, until just recently I hadn’t paid it the slightest bit of attention.

Can you say H-O-T?/Photo credit EW.com

Until now, that is. NOW, I get it.

Better late than never, eh?

And it certainly didn’t hurt my new-to-the-party attitude when I heard via People that hot-hottie-hot “Twilight Saga” star Robert Pattinson shares his family tree with none other than Vlad the Impaler, aka Dracula.

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Kristen Stewart: Open mouth, insert foot

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You know how some people have a talent for opening their mouth and immediately sticking a foot in it?

Meet Kristen Stewart.

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