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Kelly Caldwell
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Kelly Caldwell has written for numerous magazines and newspapers including The Writer, New York Newsday, Time Out New York, House Beautiful, and Men's Health. One of her articles was named a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2001 and selected for the collection, If These Walls Could Talk: Thoughts of Home. She teaches creative nonfiction classes for and is associate dean at Gotham Writers’ Workshop in New York City.

Blog Entries by Kelly Caldwell

Don't Forget to Do This

(2) Comments | Posted August 26, 2011 | 6:08 PM

Four days.

That is how long it took a husband and wife to locate each other in the aftermath of September 11th.

I've mentioned this couple here before but as Hurricane Irene bears down on New York City, their story bears repeating.

The couple lived in one...

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Nine Years Later: Still Thinking About Rubber

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2010 | 2:13 AM

Nine years later, and I'm still thinking about rubber.

In the long months of the post-September 11 recovery, amid the blue police barricades everywhere, and the bus stops plastered with "Missing!" posters, and the fires spewing out toxic dust, New Yorkers debated what the attacks meant for life in...

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Say Yes to a Mosque at Ground Zero

(145) Comments | Posted July 21, 2010 | 12:04 PM

Sarah Palin heated up a local zoning debate over the weekend with one tweet: "Peace-seeking Muslims," Palin wrote, "pls understand, Ground Zero mosque is UNNECESSARY provocation; it stabs hearts. Pls reject it in interest of healing."

She was writing about a plan to build a mosque in...

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Haiti Needs Your Help. But First...

(1) Comments | Posted January 14, 2010 | 9:34 PM

In the first 24 hours after the earthquake in Haiti on Tuesday, Americans gave $1.2 million to relief efforts in text message donations alone.

And that's not even what Americans gave via checks sent snail mail, cash tossed in at pass-the-hat collections and...

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The Other Essential Reform Joe Lieberman Is Blocking

(9) Comments | Posted November 13, 2009 | 1:30 PM

Where does he find the time?

Not only has Sen. Joe Lieberman been working overtime to smother health reform, he's parked himself squarely in the path of another badly-needed, long-awaited change.

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure last Friday passed the FEMA Independence Act, which would break...

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Lingering Disgrace

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2009 | 3:04 PM

Eight years on, and Mayor Rudy Giuliani's words still resonate. Asked on September 11th, 2001, what our losses would turn out to be, Giuliani replied, "More than we can bear."

As we pause once more to grieve the senseless deaths of 2,998 people, we must also acknowledge that the...

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Giving FEMA the Green Light

(2) Comments | Posted April 29, 2009 | 12:12 PM

It's October 2001, and I'm sitting across from a woman with white hair, creases tracing her face like rivers on a map. And I'm about to fill them with tears.

Actually, I'm about to sit by uselessly and watch someone else fill them. Six weeks after September 11th, my...

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Three Things Congress (Yes, Congress) Must Do to Fix FEMA

(1) Comments | Posted January 21, 2009 | 1:56 PM

"If catastrophe comes," President Barack Obama said last year in New Orleans, "the American people must be able to call on a competent government. When I am President, the days of dysfunction and cronyism in Washington will be over."

In the words of poet Bryan Guinness, Obama's "speech...

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Remember Willow Run

(4) Comments | Posted December 10, 2008 | 1:05 PM

The American automakers rescue plan now emerging from Washington bears the hallmarks of a nation still seething from multiple post-bailout outrages: AIG took an $85 billion bailout, then spent $443,000 on an executive spa retreat; U.S. banks are clinging to their $700 billion, freezing credit and strangling small businesses, like...

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