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Homesick

I was sitting in my living room in Oklahoma City. I had recently moved from Everett, MA, after living in the Greater Boston area for twenty years.

A twitter friend of mine was in Boston for the Marathon (her sister was running) and sent me a tweet to turn on the news. So I grabbed the remote and switched to the local station.

Within seconds,…

Letter from a child in Mendon, Michigan

Digital copy of a message sent to Mayor Menino and the City of Boston in the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings from a child in Mendon, Michigan. In the letter, the child suggests starting a fundraiser to "buy books, cards, board games, cross-words, word searches, sadokus [sic], etc" for survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Card from the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center at Central Michigan University

Digital copy of a card sent to the City of Boston in the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings from the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center at Central Michigan University in Mt Pleasant, Michigan. The card includes signatures and states, "CMU is praying and thinking of you all daily."

Sympathy card from Missouri family

Digital copy of a card sent to the City of Boston in the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings from a family in Missouri. The card includes a drawing and states, "we offer our love and prayers."

Motivational letter from St. Louis resident with attached cover letter

Digital copy of two letters sent to the City of Boston in the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings from a citizen and motivational letter writer in St. Louis, Missouri. In a cover letter, the author mentions that he has written motivational letters of encouragement for survivors of tragedies in the past. In the motivational letter, he…

Heart shaped cards from Columbia, Missouri

Digital copy of a collection of messages sent to the City of Boston in the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings from Columbia, Missouri. These messages are included on heart-shaped cards. The cards include signatures and notes of sympathy, such as "we are 1 with Boston."

Card from St. Louis Charter School

Digital copy of a card sent to the City of Boston in the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings from a fifth grader at a St. Louis Charter School. The card is part of a larger group of cards and messages from a fifth grade class at a St. Louis Charter School. The card states, "Have Hope!"

Card from St. Louis Charter School

Digital copy of a card sent to the City of Boston in the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings from a fifth grader at a St. Louis Charter School. The card is part of a larger group of cards and messages from a fifth grade class at a St. Louis Charter School. The card states, "for every one, we got your back."

Card from St. Louis Charter School

Digital copy of a card sent to the City of Boston in the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings from a fifth grader at a St. Louis Charter School. The card is part of a larger group of cards and messages from a fifth grade class at a St. Louis Charter School. The card includes a drawing and states, "We Have Hope!"

Card from St. Louis Charter School

Digital copy of a card sent to the City of Boston in the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings from a fifth grader at a St. Louis Charter School. The card is part of a larger group of cards and messages from a fifth grade class at a St. Louis Charter School. The card includes a drawing and states, "Dear Victoms [sic] Don't be scared we have…