"Art is the most powerful tool for communication: art inspires, transpires and exposes truths. Art offers another perspective, heals wounds and reminds us of the beauty in this world." - Kimberly Hollingsworth
Two weeks before 9/11, I was back home in New York City and loving every minute of it. I spent the night in Central Park with a friend and hundreds of other New Yorkers and tourists - just for a chance to obtain tickets for Chekov's play, "The Seagull." It was an amazing cast: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Christopher Walken, John Goodman and... We got tickets so I went back to my brother's place in Brooklyn to take a nap and a shower. Before the performance, I met another friend of mine in the West Village where she took me to her tattoo artist. When the tattoo was drawn on my wrist, it was too round - he was going for the Harley Davidson heart so I stopped him before he reached for the permanent ink and said, "Dude...okay, first of all, I'm going to apologize for calling you dude - I've been in L.A. too long. Second, it's my wrist so let's bring in the bottom of the heart in a bit..." I tipped him well and ran to the performance (and, yes - getting the tattoo hurt). The show was wonderful and you couldn't ask for a more perfect NY night.
A couple of nights later, the night before leaving New York, I took my last city walk and ended up on Fifth Avenue before catching the "F" Train for my connections. I remember looking down the avenue and seeing the Twin Towers. It was 2001 and we didn't have digital cameras back then...I only had two shots left on my last roll of film. So, instead of taking a picture of the towers, I saved the film to take photos of my brother and his dog. I thought, "The WTC will always be there." I was wrong.
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