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A garden’s memorial to 9/11

As any gardener will tell you, every plant tells a story.  But only a handful revealed their stories to me before I discovered a passion for gardening in my middle years. Lilac and iris meant the arrival of spring.  Peonies heralded my June birthdays.  Marigolds brought back memories of the mingling of their scent with…

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Reflections on September 11

I’m writing this on Sept. 8, as the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedies looms large.  The media loves this.  It’s a chance to re-visit what happened, interview survivors, dig out photos, and talk about heroes.  For the rest of us, it’s a chance to remember where we were and what we were doing…

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Protecting rail passengers, with lessons from airport security

Many Americans have looked to fixed-rail modes of transportation such as intercity trains, subways, and light rail systems as key to addressing America’s transportation problems.  As has been reported in the Occasional Planet and in many other publications, exciting innovation is occurring in the world of rail travel and fixed rail provides opportunities for easing…