Dear CSE Colleagues,
This month’s letter has been harder to write than usual. I spent a good chunk of last week wondering what I should focus on. A recap of the Board’s recent strategic planning session? A reminder that the end of the year is approaching and, with it, the time for us all to renew our CSE memberships? A funny story from Thanksgiving with the in-laws??
I struggled with a few different ideas and kept coming back to a discussion we had at the strategic planning meeting, centering around CSE’s unique qualities and what we, as members, feel we’ve gained from CSE that we haven’t from other organizations. One of the top answers was the relationships we’ve built with colleagues we may otherwise never have gotten to know. I’ve met more than a few people through CSE who I now consider personal friends, and I know that many of you have had the same experience. Walking out of two LONG days of CSE business in mid-November, I didn’t feel exhausted and burnt out, but energized and thankful to have had the pleasure of spending that time with some of my very favorite people in publishing.
Even though I knew I wanted to share those thoughts in some way, I stared at a blank screen for most of last week, unable to find just the right words. Then we received some devastating news this weekend, and this letter became simultaneously easier and far more difficult to pull together.
Click here to view Mary Beth’s obituary.