Some years ago now, there were two ministers living on my cul de sac. One minister worked for a fairly liberal Christian church. Another was the pastor of a more conservative, evangelical congregation. Each of them had a daughter about the same age as Maddy, who was then about 4 years old.
I don't know what to think.
I've written before about the Patriot Act, passed in haste after the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
The provisions were disturbing to librarians. Among other things, the Act:
* lowered the legal standard for obtaining a search warrant from "probable cause" to "suspicion;"
* allowed the FBI to get a special search warrant to retrieve records of library use;
* overrode state and local privacy laws;
Three weeks ago, I mentioned that I was going to trying to move from my Macintosh operating system (9.2) to something called Linux, a clone of the Unix operating system. I mentioned two reasons for this attempt: first, Linux is free (if you download it from the Internet) or cheap (a typical CD-ROM installation costs about $30).
Second, Linux now runs a variety of office applications -- spreadsheets, word processors, browsers, email, and the like. They, too, are free.
Today is a day of remembrance. Today is a day when we tell stories, and try to understand the meaning of events both large and small.
The story of 9/11 is well known now, a defining memory for all who witnessed it, like the assassination of JFK, or the moon walk.
The meaning of the events of Sept. 11 is still clouded, however, in part because the story isn't finished.