First a bit of housekeeping — we will be off Monday for the US Memorial Day holiday, regular posts to resume on Tuesday.
While I feel a bit embarrassed to complain, knowing how privileged I have been in these incredibly difficult times, reading Michael Clarke’s recent post on the likelihood that there will be no large, in-person gatherings until at least late 2021, really hit home for me in realizing how much I’m grieving over the lost ability to roam the world and visit with friends and colleagues.
This week is going to be particularly tough, as it would have seen us all gathering in Boston for the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s (SSP’s) Annual Meeting. Throughout my career, there’s always been one annual meeting that felt like “home”; one meeting that felt like a reunion with my professional family; one meeting that felt special and different from the many others I attend. In my scientist days, this was the Society for Developmental Biology’s annual meeting, and as a publisher, it is the SSP’s. This is the meeting where I learn more and meet more people than any other.
On a personal note, the SSP Meeting almost always falls on my birthday, and while it’s nice to actually be home to celebrate it for the first time in a decade, it seems a break with tradition to be spending the day with my real family rather than my professional family.
I know SSP leadership is working on new ways to build distance connections and get Annual Meeting content out to the community, so stay tuned for more as that develops. In the meantime, let’s all look forward to better days when we can be together again.
All of which brings to mind one of my favorite songs below, Bonnie Raitt’s “Sweet and Shiny Eyes” — “In my sweet dreams, we are, in a bar and it’s my birthday…” (and yes, that is Tom Waits singing backup if you were wondering). Cheers to you all.