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Lynn Durham RN

by John DiJoseph, Ph.D.*

Columbia, MD_August 28, 2007__ Had George W. Bush asked himself that question following the horrific events of September 11, 2001, might he have acted differently? Lincoln left wise counsel for future presidents.

The crisis facing Lincoln as he entered office has parallels to that facing President George W. Bush following 9/11. The United States was facing a great war over which the country was strongly divided—a war that would result in death and destruction on a massive scale and tear asunder the very fabric of this nation. Two weeks before Lincoln strode to the podium on March 4, 1861, to address the nation, Jefferson Davis had been inaugurated President of the Confederate States of America. Such was the climate of discord in the nation that Lincoln had to travel to Washington by a secret route under guard of the U.S. Army, but refusing advice of security forces, he rode in an open carriage with President James Buchanan to the Capitol to make his enduring Inaugural address.

In this moment of crisis, Lincoln urged:

“My countrymen, one and all, think calmly and well upon this whole subject [of impending war]. Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time. If there be an object to hurry any of you in hot haste to a step which you would never take deliberately, that object will be frustrated by taking time; but no good object can be frustrated by it . . . . Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him who has never yet forsaken this favored land are still competent to adjust in the best way all our present difficulty”

Lincoln closed by reminding Americans of their compassionate heritage:

“The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature”

The speech represents the depth of Lincoln’s moral perspective. What might be our situation today, on the anniversary of 9/11, if Lincoln had been president? Would he have once again called on the “better angels of our nature” to guide our actions? Would that have led us down a different path?

In “Angels Over America,” the 9/11 memorial poem and DVD commemorating heroes and victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Carolyn Long reaffirms Lincoln’s appeal to our “better angels” .  .  .

“Help the angels of our better natures rise to freedom’s song/And lead the charge of justice on her path,

So our own avenging angels do not strike in blind revenge/And wreak unbridled ruin with their wrath”

© Carolyn K. Long, 2001

“Angels Over America” reminds us that a horrific crisis can be an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to cherished values, and that as Americans, we have the power of choice.

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* John DiJoseph, Ph.D., is an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Loyola University in Maryland; author of Jacques Maritain and the Moral Foundation of Democracy, Rowman & Littlefield Pub., Inc., 1996.

The “Angels Over America,” poem and video can be viewed or downloaded from the website The video  on DVD, a laminated poster or printed copy of “Angels Over America” are available online from the website or by email from  Carolyn K. Long , author of “Angels Over America” and co-producer of the 9/11 memorial video of that name, is a professional speaker, consultant, writer and photographer, based in Columbia, MD.

New research proves that music can reduce depression and pain and help people reclaim their sense of power. It has been shown to increase endorphin levels, promote healing, reduce stress—and the need for pain medications.

“The healing power of music can alter our moods and body states,” says well-being coach Lynn Durham, RN. “Since ancient times, healers have used songs and chanting.”

But in a world where science has established itself as the primary knowledge, “we have lost the historical thread of the arts as healers for every man,” says Carolyn Kenny, Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for Social, Behavioral and Economic Research at University of California, Santa Barbara. “In our attempts to become more and more civilized, we have stretched beyond the sacred limits of intellect and are only recently starting the journey back to center.”

The need for the healing arts is particularly important in times of crises, when meaning is strength, says John Fox, author of Poetic Medicine. “And the deepest meaning is the language of dreams, symbols and archetypes. Poetry speaks this language and helps us hear meaning in illness, in the events of our lives, often for the first time. Finding such meaning feels like revelation. Like grace.”

“If ever an event called for healing, strength, or grace, it was 9/11,” says writer and poet Carolyn Long. “The events of September 11, 2001, will be a part of the American consciousness forever. The lens through which we continue to view them will shape our future.”

“Angels Over America,” an 8-minute memorial video incorporating images, music and poetry, is both a stirring tribute to 9/11 victims and heroes, and an artistic work whose unique metaphor offers healing perspectives on this pivotal moment in our nation’s history.

Award-winning New York arranger and composer Mark Freeh produced the video from Ms. Long’s poem, “Angels Over America,” against the backdrop of powerful 9/11 images and his stirring arrangement of “America the Beautiful” and moving renditions of “Amazing Grace” and ”My Country ‘Tis of Thee.”

The “Angels Over America,” poem and video can be viewed or downloaded from the website A YouTube version is also linked to this site. A DVD of the video and a laminated poster of the poem, “Angels Over America,” are available from the website or by email from

Carolyn K. Long , author of “Angels Over America” and co-producer of the 9/11 memorial video of that name, is a professional speaker, consultant, writer and photographer, based in Columbia, MD.

The events of 911 will be a part of the American consciousness forever.

How they are held there will shape our future.

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