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Worth a thousand words. On the radio, a woman’s lilting tones suggest gentle pleasures and whimsical pastimes. A child’s voice sings the Star-Spangled Banner, more or less on pitch. The message: bring your kid to Toys “R” Us to make an American flag. For each child who shows up, the company promises, it will donate a dollar to a special children’s fund. “It’s our way of honoring the thousands of families affected by our nation’s recent tragedies.” Am I being unduly cynical if I wonder how much the company will make by all those kids dragging their parents through the store?

september11.gif (34831 bytes)For those who prefer a different sort of artwork, ZNet  provides a varied assortment of posters, all ready for downloading. They come with instructions:

* Poster with a buddy; the political climate is volatile

* Use tape rather than wheat paste

* Respect other people’s posters (especially posters in search of missing loved ones)

The website adds, à la Martha Stewart: “A block of the same poster makes a strong visual statement.”

Hospitality begins at home. Chris Chow emails that Central City Hospitality House is looking for a new executive director. This is no job for amateurs: these are the opening qualifications:

* Minimum 3 years experience working at a senior management level, preferably with a budget of $1 million or more in a non-profit organization.

* Two to three years’ experience working with homeless service organizations desired.

* Demonstrated ability to mentor, develop and train staff in an open and accessible environment.

Do these shoes fit your feet? You might give a call to 415 749-2118.

Over & over again. Minds are still trying to make sense of what happened on September 11. Nancy Muldoon writes from Saratoga Springs:

I kept waking up every half hour and kept having nightmares that the World Trade Center had been destroyed. My brain was on instant replay and the visual of the towers crumbling was heartbreaking. What was worse, was when I realized that it wasn’t just nightmares but real life.

It’s been awhile since I’ve been to Manhattan. I know the view will never be the same. New York will never be the same. You see, Manhattan is to New Yorkers what the Emerald City was to Dorothy. The terrorists knew that. And now… so do we.

Same house, different call? An unusual array of sponsors — the National Japanese American Historical Society, the American Italian Historical Society (Western Regional Chapter), the Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project, and the German American Cultural Center of the Greater Bay Area — has put together an unusually timely exhibit at the National Japanese American Historical Society (1684 Post, San Francisco; 415 921-5007). It’s got a mouthful of a title: The Enemy Alien Files: Hidden Stories of World War II —Photo & Ephemera Exhibit Documenting Treatment of Japanese, German, & Italian Immigrants by the U.S. Government during World War II. The artifacts on display serve as evidence that thousands of Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants in the United States and Latin America were arrested, forcibly relocated, interned, and even deported to war zones solely because of their nationality.  The exhibit runs until December 28; the historical society is open 12 - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday & the first Saturday of each month