LAKE SHORE -- The entire country stood silent on Sept. 11, 2001, transfixed on the horrific televised images of business professionals jumping to their deaths from the upper floors of the World Trade Center, of firefighters dying while trying to save others, of people running for their lives covered in dust and debris from the terrorist attacks.
People have said Sept. 11 changed everything.
But did it, really?
A Lake Shore chef and resort owner recently published a book titled "Sept. 12th Thinking," a lesson guide that challenges readers to learn from Sept. 11 and create more meaning in everyday life.
Kieran Moore, head chef and co-owner of Lost Lake Lodge, was preparing breakfast at the Lake Shore resort when someone told him to turn the television on Sept. 11, 2001. He turned the television set on in time to see the second plane crash into the World Trade Center live.
"My immediate reaction was feeling this foundation of sorrow and fear," Moore said of the attacks. "Life is really short and can be gone in an instant. I think we all saw that on Sept. 11, and more recently with the sudden death of Paul Wellstone. A vibrant life was gone in an instant.
The cover artwork and layout of "Sept. 12th Thinking," written by Kieran Moore of Lake Shore, was created by Chip Borkenhagen and staff at Evergreen Press of Brainerd. The book is available at bookstores locally and from online bookstores, like Amazon.com.
"We've got to get busy living. Set a plan, make some goals," Moore said. "It (Sept. 11) was a milepost for me. Am I doing what I want to do in my life?"
Moore said he watched as people jumped to their deaths, many holding hands as they plummeted from the World Trade Center. He wondered what their last thoughts were. Many who died in the attacks were able to call their loved ones for the last time to say goodbye, or at least leave a voicemail message. In their final moments they left us with a gift, a message that when it comes down to it, love is all that matters, Moore wrote.
"It's really about looking back on where we were Sept. 10 and Sept. 11," said Moore. "Now it's Sept. 12. What can we do that's different? Life is short and precious and we need to share our feelings. On Sept. 11, people were using cell phones to reach out to the people they love. You always think, 'My loved ones know how I feel about them.' But do they? If you don't say it then they don't."
Moore suggests making a list of people you would call if you were in a similar situation -- trapped inside the World Trade Center towers -- and tell those people they would be on your list.
After discussing his ideas with friends and his wife, Kathy, they encouraged him to write a book. Moore credits his wife, who is director of marketing for the Brainerd Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce, for her help and work helping him write the book.
The couple married last November. Their first child is due in December.
Moore, 41, grew up in Fort Snelling as the youngest of nine brothers and two sisters. He worked for 17 years as a national television news editor for the All News Channel and other media outlets on a freelance basis. He just finished his 15th season as head chef and owner of Lost Lake Lodge, which he co-owns with his brother and sister-in-law, Tim and Cindy Moore. It was never his aspiration to write a book, but now he is considering the prospect of writing another.
"I'm proud of the book and I'm happy to be able to accomplish getting it done and sharing it with other people," he said. "I hope people will find something proactive within the book to help center their lives on each other instead of material things.
"People smile when they read the book and it's really a surprise for them," he said. "It's not about Sept. 11 but what comes out of Sept. 11. It gives people a plan to make positive changes in their lives."
The 80-page book sells for $11.95 and was published by Beaver's Pond Press in Edina. The cover artwork and layout was done by Chip Borkenhagen and his staff at Evergreen Press in Brainerd. Lucinda Winter edited the book.
"Sept. 12th Thinking" is available at most online book distributors, like Amazon.com, or at bookstores locally. Read more about the book or order a copy at Moore's Web site, www.912thinking.com.
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