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March 27, 2007



Several years ago while volunteering in a children's library, I discovered and read A YEAR IN BAGHDAD, a thoughtful memoir written by Albert Baez and published in 1988. Yes, his life was "something beautiful."


Thirty-some years ago, while on vacation in San Francisco with a good college friend, he asked me to join him at an old family friends' house for lunch. To my surprise, that friend was "Abo" Baez, and we spent a delightful afternoon at his home in the hills above Carmel Valley. The whole family has been an inspiration and a comfort all my adult life, never more than now, with this monstrous atrocity in Iraq. I hope it didn't break his heart.

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