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07/27/2011 11:07 am ET | Updated Sep 26, 2011

In Norway, The Past Is A Foreign Country

A FEW days ago, before the bombing here and the shootings on Utoya Island, a friend and I were talking about how the joy of being alive always seems to go hand in hand with the sorrow that things change. Not even the brightest future can make up for the fact that no roads lead back to what came before — to the innocence of childhood or the first time we fell in love.

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