By Rebecca Wallace
About this blog: I grew up in Menlo Park and have long been involved with both local journalism and local theater. After starting my career as an editorial intern with The Almanac, I was a staff reporter for the Almanac and the San Mateo County Ti... (More)
About this blog: I grew up in Menlo Park and have long been involved with both local journalism and local theater. After starting my career as an editorial intern with The Almanac, I was a staff reporter for the Almanac and the San Mateo County Times, covering local government, cops, health/science and many other beats. In 2005 I made the move to the arts desk at the Palo Alto Weekly. A&E is close to my heart because of my experience in the performing arts. I've been acting and singing in Bay Area theater productions for years, and have played everything from a sassy French boy to a Texas cheerleader. In Ad Libs, I blog about the exhibitions I see, the artists I meet and the intriguing new projects and trends I see in the arts world. (Hide)
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As I write about the 9/11 memorial events this weekend, I think about the Mozart Requiem concert happening Sunday in Stanford's Memorial Church and imagine how peaceful the air will be inside. I always feel a breath of Europe there; even thousands of miles apart, historic churches have that wonderful cool smell.
I was an ocean away when 9/11 happened, sitting in my flat in Budapest planning an English lesson. The phone rang, I turned on CNN, and everything was different.
How did life change for Americans living overseas? I can say only that a few days later I wrote a column about how life was for this Yankee. It was never published, but now, feeling safe again in warm Palo Alto, I share it with you.
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