The last couple of days have been busy. Last night, our county executive held a town hall meeting, open to citizens enterprising enough to get the attention of the moderator with the microphone. I went with Paula Davis, mother of Justin Davis who lost his life in Afghanistan in 2006. Paula wanted to remind the county exec about the library naming (you may recall, a movement last year wanted to name the library in our county seat "Rockville Memorial Library"). She and I had not met before, though we had e-mailed each other not long after Justin's death. Over an hour into the meeting, Paula finally got the moderator to hand her the mike. She made her statement about the servicemembers we have lost here in Montgomery County asked why the library had not been named "Memorial." As the meeting moved on, a staff member came over go tell Paula that there is a new Veteran's commission in the county and that the question of creating a memorial is certainly on the agenda in the coming year. We took his card and we plan to call.
I also e-mailed Louise Penny yesterday (see Aug. 29th). It seemed only courteous to let her know what I had done and why. She was very gracious in her reply and asked me if she could put my note in her own blog so here it is: http://louisepenny.blogspot.com/ She got this so completely right and I am happy to be able to thank her.