1. How have you been spending your days?
Trying to find work, writing, cooking, seeking comfort from friends/trying
to comfort friends.
2. Have you been exercising and doing yoga, or drinking and smoking?
I didn't exercise the week of the tragedy, was too shaken and glued to
the news. I started again on Monday. My normal routine of light weights
3. What books, music, or videos have helped you escape the news?
Anything light. Stupid magazines that I haven't read since Iwas a teenager,
like "Glamour", "Us", "Mademoiselle". TV
shows that make me laugh, like "Three's Company" or "Blind
Date". Nothing that made me think. Music was another story. I listened
to songs that made me thing and got my emotions out: "When the Angels
Sing" by Social Distortion; "Open Your Eyes" by Lords of
the New Church; "Hate & War" by The Clash, a lot of The
Clash in fact.
4. What should readers do to have fun in the upcoming days?
I recommend exercising. It gives you a natural high and helps put your
life into perspective. A lot of people are drowning their sorrows in alcohol.
I don't think this is too wise.
5. Recommend a tourist attraction, gallery, museum, park, music show,
or whatever else you know about going on in New York City.
I don't know about the night life, with so many bands canceling. And who
really wants to party at a time like this? Not many. I'd say experience
the New York City restaurants. There are so many great ones. I like the
ones that feature vegetarian cooking like: Souen (my favourite) Plum Tree,
and Candlelight Cafe.
It's extremely hard for me to cope. I'm a freelancer and a lot of companies
aren't dealing with business right now. I'm taking one day at a time.
Continuing to be healthy as I look for work, take the focus off myself
and try to help others. I've been trying to help find WTC pets homes via
I've been writing in my Live Journal, relating my feelings to others.
I'm rethinking my lifestyle because of the sad economical situation we
are facing. I'm considering, for the first time in many years, to get
--Mary Anne Christiano