Monday, September 12, 2011

Tears Don't Flow the Same in Space

by Doyne Phillips, Managing Editor

Frank Culberston had a unique position from which to observe the attacks of 9/11. He was the only American not on the planet at the time of the attacks. Frank Culberston observed the attacks from two hundred fifty miles in space on board the International Space Station. He arrived August 12th and would remain until December 15th.  It was his 30th day aboard and had called mission control for a routine medical check and was told by the doctor, “We aren’t having a very good day here on earth.” Culberston and his crewmates took notice of the attack areas in New York City and Washington D.C. With perfect weather they were able to capture some amazing shots.

Culberston said later they found the gray smoke drifting over New York City, Long Island and out to the Atlantic was from the collapse of the South Tower. In a public letter he wrote, “Tears don’t flow the same in space...The feeling that I should be there with all of you, dealing with this, helping in some way, is overwhelming.”

We may have never experienced space travel but each of us has been a part of or witnessed some event from a unique position. It may have been a historical, family or community event. It could have been your school years, politics or career situation. We must search our minds, realize our uniqueness then share our story; a story that no one else can tell. Present that story to fellow authors, critics or agents and discover the interest others have. Before you know it you could be getting positive results from you query letters and we will all be able to read your story.

I once attended a seminar where participants were asked what made us unique. I was amazed at the answers. They ran from I am a twin to I have the tattoo of a Kansas Jayhawk on my molar. Do you have something that makes you unique? Would you be willing to share it? If so we want to hear from you in the comments section.  

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