The emotional impact

Staying strong in the home of the brave [Editorial]
No living American could remember a war at home. Now we can. Terrorist air attacks yesterday on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon brutally christened the 21st century with its own day that will live in infamy. God help us, the next few days will be even harder. [Sept. 12, 2001]

New Yorkers honoring their lost in many ways
Flags have returned to full staff. Black tape is slowly coming off the police badges. The days since the attack have turned into weeks. And yet ... [Sept. 26, 2001]

Moments of beauty amid unspeakable horror [Guest columnist]
As we stood together — these random groupings of students and construction workers and poets and police officers, of such varied ages and genders and ethnicities and languages — we trusted each other wordlessly with an intimacy and comfort we would normally reserve for those we have known forever. Perhaps even the meaning of "forever" changes in certain moments. We trusted each other and we tried to redefine the world together in a way that made sense. [Sept. 13, 2001]

Across America, a day to mourn and pray
Washington National Cathedral became a "container for ... grief" yesterday as President Bush and evangelist Billy Graham helped lead a worship service on the "National Day of Prayer and Remembrance." Patriotism mixed with prayer across the nation yesterday. In places, the day's ceremonies felt like funerals. In others, they were like pep rallies for a wounded nation. [Sept. 15, 2001]

Americans fill pews in search for solace
Muslims and Jews joined a capacity crowd at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle yesterday as worshippers sought solace after the shattering terrorist attack on America. [Sept. 17, 2001]

Amid solemn tributes to victims, skies are quiet
The fighter jets over Puget Sound yesterday were not for our amusement. They weren't acrobats or daredevils. The F-15s and F-16s cruising skies clear of clouds and commercial aircraft flew under control of the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The mission of the Eagles and Fighting Falcons: patrolling for aircraft — planes that could be hijacked and flown into buildings. This was part of life the day after. [Sept. 13, 2001]

Fall of towers leaves big gap in skyline and in N.Y. psyche
Before the events of this week turned lower Manhattan's twin skyscrapers into clouds of ash and terror, long before the dual symbols of American prosperity collapsed, Carol Willis, director of The Skyscraper Museum, had been planning four fall lectures on the design and construction of the towers. [Sept. 13, 2001]

Destruction and death far away felt close to home
It happened on the other coast, yet yesterday's terrorist attacks reverberated like an underground quake through the region, uniting us with the rest of the country in a profound state of grief and apprehension. [Sept. 12, 2001]

Ellen Goodman: Shattering the luxury of our charmed life
Our world has changed. Terrorism they call it, as if it were a philosophy or a political party. The point of terrorism, said more than one leader, is the terror. Mission accomplished. [Sept. 14, 2001]

Attacks bring bouts of depression, insomnia
Seven in 10 Americans say they have experienced periods of depression since last week's terrorist attacks, says a poll released yesterday. Americans are transfixed by the crisis to an unprecedented degree, according to the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, with 63 percent saying they cannot avoid watching the news. [Sept. 20, 2001]

Few people in mood to sell or shop
When Toni Hartje dropped by the Phinney Ridge Starbucks at lunchtime yesterday, she found the doors locked and a sign saying the store had closed in response to the East Coast terrorist attacks. [Sept. 12, 2001]

No gas: But don't blame terrorists
Signs reminiscent of World War II-era shortages were posted at some service stations around Seattle this week: "Sorry, temporarily out of fuel." While some people may attribute the shortages to Tuesday's terrorist attacks after hearing reports of panicked buying and skyrocketing prices around the country, it ain't so. [Sept. 13, 2001]

That last call to loved one: good idea?
Cell phones were used by those aboard the doomed flights and those trapped in the World Trade Center. Technology is raising ethical and psychological questions that were never expected. [Sept. 12, 2001]

'This is butchery compared to ... Pearl Harbor'
For those who lived through the attack on Pearl Harbor, so much of yesterday's catastrophe seemed familiar. There was the sense of shock and vulnerability, and the realization that life wasn't going to be the same. But there are important differences, too, said civilians and veterans. [Sept. 13, 2001]

'This is my Pearl Harbor'
"This is my Pearl Harbor," Andrea Belen, 19, a Washington State University student told us when we asked readers how Tuesday's terrorist attacks have affected them. Fear, anger, resolve and uncertainty about the future were reflected in the nearly 100 e-mail and phone messages we received. [Sept. 13, 2001]

Jean Godden: Times call for toy therapy
When times are tough, the tough buy toys. That discovery comes from the Godden Survey, a not-very-scientific study conducted by calling a half-dozen local toy shops and asking, "How are toy sales?" The toy-shop employees contacted all answered that toy sales are better than ever. [Sept. 26, 2001]


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