I don’t feel like stringing together a cogent, cohesive, articulate column today. It takes a lot of work to string together a narrative—to hook you with the first few words, and then slowly reel you in, keeping a steady tension on the line, from first word to last. Sometimes, in lieu of telling a story,
Our nation’s collective attention has been on the death of Osama bin Laden for the last couple of weeks. It has nearly consumed us, dominating the coverage on our 24-hour news networks. It has overwhelmed us in our social-networking circles. It seems to be all that our friends, neighbors and co-workers have been talking about.