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Century Marks

Values clarification: For several years after 30-year-old Ann Nelson died on 9/11 in the World Trade Center, her laptop computer remained untouched back home in North Dakota. Her parents weren’t computer literate, for one thing, and it was just too painful for them to deal with the laptop. But eventually her mother learned to operate the computer and found a file labeled “Top 100,” which contained a list of Ann’s goals. Among them: be a good friend, keep in touch with the people I love and that love me, make a quilt, never be ashamed of who I am, and appreciate money but don’t worship it (New York Times, May 17).


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