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TexSilver's post commemorated the five-year anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. Tex (as we of the Baby Boomer's Board know him) is a clergyman who provided spiritual support the victims of countless families of victims. As his first-hand account demonstrates, such madness extracts a price from many who are not "directly" affected.

The post is meaningful to me for at least two reasons. First, for me, it was a watershed for the Baby Boomers community. I believe that the support and affection, even love, that we showed to Tex marked our coming-of-age as a community. I know that his example gave me the courage to share on-line the most difficult moment of my own life, which was (at the time) still nearly a year in my future. I owe to Tex, indirectly, the support my wife and I received, which comforted us in a very difficult time.

Second, the events of September 11 showed that the lessons Tex learned, and shared, hold continuing relevance for us all. Tex had been absent for a while on September 11, but he returned to us on that awful day and shared with us his hard-won wisdom. --Bob
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