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Dear Christopher and Johnny,

These Pennsylvania mountains mean nothing to you. How could they? You’ve grown up in places we Pennsylvanians consider much more exotic, though they seem perfectly natural to you. Places like Costa Rica and England.

Still, this Pennsylvania landscape that continues to evoke feelings of home in me on my infrequent visits is exquisite in its own way. To my eye on this windy, blue-skied January morning, the intermingling of woodland and cultivated fields—though these lie fallow on this Winter’s day—occurs in perfect proportion.

Yet this place brings a tear and more sobering thoughts than physical beauty can explain. As I write you these words, my sons, I look out over the place where Flight 93 plowed its way forty-five feet into the Pennsylvania soil on September 11, 2001. (more…)

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