On September 11, 2001, Kansas City Star columnist Bill Tammeus was writing the lead story for the paper's special edition covering that day's terrorist attacks. Midway through he received a disturbing message.
Other family members feared that his beloved nephew, Karleton Fyfe, was a passenger on the first jet liner to crash into New York's World Trade Center.
Tammeus struggled to finish his piece, learning later that Karleton, a 32-year-old Boston-based bond analyst with an 18-month-old son and another child on the way, indeed had died that morning.
Tammeus discusses his anger over this loss - and how he came to terms with it - in Acceptance and Understanding on Sunday, May 20, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4708 Main St.
The event also serves as the regular monthly meeting of Anger Alternatives (www.anger.org ), a local group that teaches the tools and skills to manage anger and promote healing. The group's current series is Making Peace with Anger.
"I was unaware of the existence of Anger Alternatives until they contacted me," Tammeus said. "They've asked me to first listen to others who will explain how they've made peace with anger. Then they want me to talk about my family's experience with 9-11 and the loss of my nephew. Basically, I'll be talking my emotions and feelings."
Admission is free. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407.