Thursday, May 31, 2012
Greetings! The 2012 North American conference in March was a huge success, with record attendance and lots of new faces joining the regulars. The conference report and photos will be in the Spring issue of Green Leaves, which should be going to the printer in the next few days, and the papers have been posted on our web site. Photos are available on our Facebook page -- please Like us if you have not already done so! We have had 30 new members join so far this year, which brings the active membership in North America up to almost 250. Remember that memberships must be renewed every April, so if you have not already done so, please renew today for 2012. You can do this online or fill out and print a form to mail in with your check; details are on the web site. Note that we have added a new category of reduced-rate Student memberships. Our next event will be a garden fête for BPS members and their guests on Sunday June 24th from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. at my home in Cambridge, MA. You can bring finger food to share, or contribute $10 for beverages and supplies. RSVP by June 20; I'll send detailed directions to everyone who signs up. One of the benefits of membership is the right to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM), held at Barbara's Oxford college, St Hilda's. This year's AGM will be 31 August through 3 September and the theme is "Barbara Pym and Gardens"; details and the booking form will be posted on the web site in the next few weeks. Call for Papers: The fifteenth annual North American conference will be held on 15–17 March 2013 at Harvard University. The theme is ‘100 Years of Pym’. The North American organizing committee is soliciting proposals for talks at the conference. Please send a 100-150 word proposal by 19 November 2012 to firstname.lastname@example.org, and include the words ‘NA conference proposal’ in the subject line. Conference registration and meals will be paid for speakers; and there is a $350 honorarium. If you have any academic friends or colleagues who might be interested, please pass this along to them. The record-setting conference attendance meant that we had a healthy surplus after all the bills were paid, and we'll use that money for special events at next year's centenary conference, including a service of Solemn Evensong and Benediction on Friday night and a champagne and birthday cake reception on Saturday afternoon. We will do our very best to make the 2013 conference the Best Ever, so plan to be there if you can! We'll announce the program and open registration in early December. Best wishes, Tom Sopko, North American Organizer The Barbara Pym Society
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
For my friend, Steve: Well, two weeks and $400 later I am once again feeling much better; how clear everything looks after a good night's sleep and minimal pain. I think stress and allergies are what are going to kill us, at least most of us. Maybe we should step up our efforts in med research to cure them. It has been a trying couple of weeks, peppered with good things like our fantastically successful launch for The Legend of Tugfest, some great antiquing, blissful weather, good friends, and time to spend with family. There were lucky days where I found a dollar in tne middle of nowhere, or heard from an old friend, and devastating days, where a friend chose to end his life, though he was very young, and another decided not to speak to me because his misguided professional ambitions and personal greed overtook his feelings for me and his friends. Oh well. Some of us will grow up. It is also a much smaller world than we think, and I discover this everyday. We are all related in some way, both good and bad. Our local grocery is now carrying black petunias. Black flowers are "in," and I plan to plant a few more pots. The moles and vholes seem to be leaving us alone, though I pretty much came face to face with a raccon the other night. Am still looking for new ideas for water sustainability and concerving our oceans and rivers. Would love to hear of any books or materials. I'm also into nature writers these days, and would be happy to take book recommendations. I'm am involved once again in the local bookfairs and will try to sell books at several bookstores. My goal is go get my name out there as a writer/poet, and I am getting some place and am very greatful to 918Studio, Rivertown Creative and MWWC. In some ways, I probably owe them my life and well-being. Happy planting, and here is a poem in honor of my late friend S, a marathoner, and of his sister-in-law, who as it turns out, I've known for quite some time.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Every year I mention her; she's fascinated me since I was 8 or 9. The cruelty of her fate, the saddness in her life, the isolation and fear she must have felt. I've written many papers about her, a poem, one novel, and I used to draw her all the time, and even created some paintings about her, a couple dolls, a shadowbox. I studied her trial, and gathered quite a library of books about her and the Tudors.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Memoir; Writing your Life Story: 3 am is the Darkest Hour of the Soul: Or, so said to that effect F. Scott Fitzgerald. Barring Saturday, I haven't slept since Friday night with one thing or another. So, I tri...
Saturday, May 12, 2012
An Apologia for Countess Erzebet Bathory: A Newsletter: My God; what I've been through just to find my blogs today! GBS what have you done to us!! Here is a newslatter, very interesting, honoring...
Monday, May 7, 2012
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
An Apologia for Countess Erzebet Bathory: A review: From the unofficial site: In a medieval Europe, the recently widowed Coutess Elisabeth (Ingrid Pitt), rules over her subjects with cold dis...