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Stella and I were in New York last week with my friend Kitty who was visiting from Milwaukee. Kitty’s a muralist, sidewalk chalk artist and a Caldecott-nominated children’s book illustrator and she was speaking at the Donnell branch of the New York Public Library about her illustrations for “Cartwheel to the Moon,” written by Emanuel di Pasquale. (image top)

We visited Ground Zero which Kitty hadn’t seen in person and while walking around the site I spotted this black-draped building (image below) that stopped me dead in my tracks.

The wind was blowing such that the cloth rippled vertically creating a black river running up to the sky and stopping abruptly.

The building overlooks Ground Zero at the southern perimeter. I found its black ambiance shocking and comforting at the same time. Not quite a flag and not really a river it was a serendipitous memorial standing at attention and bearing witness.

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