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April 1, 2020
As T.S. Eliot once wrote in The Waste Land, “April is the cruelest month…,” and wow, does that ever feel so right now. Spring has sprung here in Birmingham, Alabama, where I live, and the season is really showing out. Flowers are blooming; pollinators are doing their thing; and drenching, tempestuous rains are followed by brilliant sunshine. Yet, with self-isolation, anxiety, emergency distance learning challenges, work-from-home issues, and eating ALL my meals at home, I’m finding it harder this year to enjoy the beauty of spring. In Eliot’s poem, he decried April as cruel because in spring, the difficulties of the human condition are laid bare against the contrast of the awakening beauty around us. Eliot was writing this poem 98 years ago, but his words this year feel like they are describing today.I hope that you are finding some semblance of rhythm in this uncertain time. I hope that you and yours are healthy, and if not, that you are able to find effective healthcare. I hope your online teaching and communications platform is working. I hope that you are finding joy seeing your students’ faces from time to time. I hope that your children are finding new and fun ways to play and learn. I hope your pets are loving every minute of you being home more. I hope that your cooking is better than mine. And if none of these things are happening for you, I hope you can reach out to someone in this community or another one near you for help. Even though we must maintain distance, we are not alone.
The Executive Committee met virtually on March 28, and we were able to get some important work done for the Society. Some of what we do in the spring meeting is to review what we did last year. We had a great 2019 under Rick Miller’s presidential leadership:
For 2020, we are planning some 75th anniversary celebrations at ACT (again, hope springs eternal for a conference this fall), and I will be formalizing work I’ve been doing with our Membership and Diversity Committees on further diversifying STP’s membership and work. Susan Nolan, our President-Elect, shared her vision for 2021, and I’m excited for you to hear more from her in the fall on what she has in store for STP.
While things feel cruel right now, there is goodness going on. People are helping each other. Pet photos are being shared. Silly things that kids say are making the rounds. John Krasinski (of The Office and Jack Ryan and Emily Blunt’s husband fame) shared Some Good News. We found some toilet paper in a store last week. Small victories in trying times are beacons of light in the darkness. Our STP community is a light in my world. Thanks to you all for your generosity and solidarity.
See you this fall, I hope.
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