Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Meetings and Star Stuff

"The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of star stuff." 
               — Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)

Sorry for the lack of posts this week, folks. Our “Meeting Season” has begun. While these events are labor intensive to pull together and to clean up afterwards, they are way cool fun to watch unfold. I’m always blown away by the quality of our speakers and the distance that some people travel.

President’s Day weekend was our largest conference. It was there that I met two wonderful ladies from Toronto. (Just ignore all those SCTV scenes that are flashing through your head right now. Okay?) One lady came to the conference to learn and her friend came along because she had never seen oranges or grapefruit still on the tree before. I choked up a bit at that one.

Now it is just a steady stream of board meetings, dinner meetings, and a weekend conference here and there. We slow down in mid-summer, crank it up again in the fall and then we inch along through the winter holidays only to begin earnestly again in February.

What does all this have to do with “star stuff”? Not a thing - except that for some weird reason, I woke up this morning with that quote on my lips. All day I’ve been thinking about it. Any ideas out there?

Well, time to hit the old haystack.  Good night, sweet dreams, and may the blessings of the Cosmos be yours.