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Jetlag China: day becomes night, night becomes day

Last month, I suggested that we schedule a staff canoe trip and picnic for this afternoon, knowing it would be Day 2 of my return from China and planning to use the occasion to nap outside. The weather cooperated perfectly. I dozed in the sun on a grassy bank by a mountain lake, with a Berkshire blue sky and huge glossy clouds to look at when I occasionally opened my eyes. I made sure to get plenty of sun on back of knees. That's an old military trick for curing [...]

July 14th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

January News: Happy Happy New Year

I stopped at the Great Barrington Bagel Company as the first hot bagels were being tumbled into bins. Waiting for the tray of my favorite bagel - the Tornado, named for the 1995 tornado that tore up a swath of East Mountain starting just several hundred yards from the store - I listened to the women behind the counter talking about the huge number of tourists they'd waited on during Christmas week.

January 19th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |

"This twittering world" – T. S. Eliot

Time present and time past Are both perhaps present in time future, And time future contained in time past. These lines from T. S. Eliot's poem "Burnt Norton" have appeared in some of our promotional materials as I explained the importance of our work on world history, and the future. But I ought to read more thoroughly. I have to thank a friend, Dan Burstein, writing on a listserv, for bringing the following section of the poem to my attention. Dan brought this up in reference to current discussion about [...]

November 23rd, 2010|Categories: Oddments|Tags: , , |

The Jade Emperor's stone fish

As I prepare for a few quiet days at the beach (weather reports bode well) before returning to Beijing for 10 days and then a slew of events in late September, I realize that I haven't posted the story of the Jade Emperor's stone fish and our outing to Tanzhe-Shi, a temple west of Beijing, in June. That little adventure ends up as part of the preface to a book, The Good Library Manual, we're publishing next week, and I'd like to explain why. I suggested the trip to Tanzhe-Shi [...]

August 28th, 2010|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

My days with SIIA

I'm sketching out new ventures for Berkshire Publishing, which means digging through old notes. I came across this e-mail from Ed Keating, VP of the Content Division at the Software & Information Industry Association, which I kept with my business plans because it makes me smile and reminds me of what really counts, and of the wonderful friendships we develop in our professional lives. My couple of years on the SIIA board were terrific. Perhaps sometime soon I'll have time to get involved again. I still want to bring the [...]

August 18th, 2010|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |