With the fall of the north tower, I lost a friend I had known since 6th grade. Every September 11th, my heart aches all over again.

paulI ache because I know it is a day that had a profound effect on our nation. And I ache for the personal loss of having known and cared for one of the most alive people I have ever known. Paul had a larger-than-life presence. His humor was huge. His personality was infectious. His energy was brilliant. He was a born leader who had a chance only to take the reins for the short 22 years of his life. And I miss his voice, his snorty laugh, his irreverence.

This year, I would like to remember my friend, Paul. And as my WHRW folks would say: “Peace, love, Moe and Paul.”

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.