Travels With Steinbeck

A Day for Silence.

In 2001, I was the President of Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in North Georgia.  And like any other day, I was scheduled to address the student body in a routine meeting discussing upcoming school events. Then the towers were hit, and a few minutes later I faced the students. I was, for the first time in my career, speechless. The kids knew what had happened, and we just stared at each other in stunned disbelief, and in silence.

How would John Steinbeck have reacted to the news on 9/11/2001? Perhaps in the same way. In retrospect, it seems right, and fitting to the enormity of the tragedy. This silent tribute to a part of Eastern Kansas I found to be beautiful, intriguing and restorative, is also a tribute to what, and who, we as Americans lost on September 11th, 2001.

Top: Paxico train station, no longer in service. Center: Early morning eastbound train near Paxico. The Beecher Bible and Rifle Church, a free-state church est. in 1857 in Wabaunsee. Bottom: The Oz Museum in Wamego.



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  1. * Dave Hall says:

    Beautiful Zig…

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 2 months ago
  2. * Jamie Laurens says:

    What beautiful images!

    | Reply Posted 9 years, 2 months ago

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