Tonight Keith and I were talking about what to save and why. When I was moving out of my parents' house to go to college, I gave away an autographed photo of Leonard Nimoy dressed as Spock, holding the Enterprise, but I saved a letter from a then-less-famous David Bowie. Keith asked "Why save anything?" It was rhetorical, and I don't know the answer.
I used to file my speakers' badge from each conference with the program or schedule from that conference. Traditions change, and not all conferences have printed booklets anymore, and I've gotten behind, so it's turning into a tangled pile of badges. I save them because the memories are good. I always learn at conferences. I learn about human nature and organization. I learn about the speakers and what people like and don't like, and that there's nothing everyone likes equally. I learn what I can do better the next time, and I learn more about what I believe.
I thought I would wind down and start staying home, but it's not time yet. In the past week or so, new plans are bubbling up. I might speak in southern California this fall, and northern California next Spring (both new projects), and the dates are set for Maine and New Hampshire (though I haven't updated that page yet). Joyce and I will go to Australia in March 2014 and part of April. This December I have the hotel contracted again in Albuquerque, but am hesitant to announce it because of nebulous other plans, but we CAN do something in Albuquerque, and several people have already expressed keen interest.
Thanks to those involved in past gatherings, and those who will come in the future, and thank you for helping to help others who are learning be more thoughtful, peaceful parents of children who are always learning.