Mark Rice's article, On the Death of Osama bin Laden, hit home with me. My daughter turned ten the same week as his son. I remember talking with Mark and his family, babies in our arms, just days after the terrifying events of September 11, 2001. Ten years later, we still struggle to understand how that day changed the rest of their lives and ours.
Mark was born and raised in Washington State. After graduating from college, he spent several years living in the Philippines, Minnesota, Ohio, Idaho and Hawaii. In 1997, he and his wife landed in Brockport, where they are raising two kids. He is currently an associate professor and the chair of American Studies at St. John Fisher College. Mark writes and editorial column for the Democrat and Chronicle.