Captain Sullenberger, the pilot of the US Airways flight who landed his damaged aircraft on the Hudson River, lives locally. Everyone is talking about him! Even when I played a tennis match the other day…my opponents were talking about him. My friend, Ann, knows his wife. Our schools have “Congratulations Captain Sully!” on their lighted marquees. We’re all so proud of our local hero!

Amazing,too, to think of his interest in safety issues. As if his entire life was preparing him for that very moment.

I keep thinking of that verse in the Bible, in the book of Esther, Chapter 4, verse 14: “And who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for this very occasion?” (Amplified)

Besides having the calm state of mind to handle a crisis so admirably…his family also happens to be puppy raisers for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

There’s a terrific article about him on the Guide Dogs for the Blind blog.

Like I’ve always said…Guide Dogs for the Blind is filled with wonderful folks who are changing peoples’ lives. One dog at a time!

BTW…Captain Sully has been invited to be at the Presidential Inauguration on Tuesday.

What a week for Captain Sully! He must be dazed. Such a great, inspiring story of a man who was well prepared to do the right thing at the right time.

Next time I fly, I’m actually going to pay attention to the flight attendant when he describes the emergency landing procedures.

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