A Rare Alignment of Stars
Why, yes, it has been a few days since I checked in here. But I plead a bad case of OBE–Overcome By Events–an abbreviation I learned only recently but have the feeling I’ll use often. It must fall under the same genre of explanatory rules as dear Mister Murphy’s Laws, don’t you think?
At any rate, in spite of my planning ahead with prepared posts over the course of my Parkway Symposium diversions last Thursday through Saturday, getting and staying online at Hotel Roanoke was frustrating: for instance, my post for Blog Action Day I had emailed myself to post on Friday never got to the PUBLISH stage. It was the Marcellus shale piece I’ll post here this week, since so far I’ve only pointed to it at the op-ed page of the Roanoke Times.
But as I started out to tell in brief: the Symposium met my expectations and hopes with regards to the opportunity it provided for meeting folks I might possibly be able to work with in the future in the realm of “interpretative” kinds of parkway activities and such.
And under the “alignment” umbrella, to make a long story short, I was amazingly fortunate (and also a little bit bold) to be invited to dinner where I sat within easy conversation distance to two NY Times best-selling authors–Peter Jenkins and Richard Louv. And Friday night after Richard’s presentation (which I taped), I hung out in the pub with and enjoyed getting to know the present and former Parkway supervisors and the CEO of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and other BRP75 folk.
I have a piece from the experience of the symposium I’ll submit for today’s Star Sentinel and Floyd Press deadline. Ostensibly, I was to take a “journalist” approach, and offer an objective, inclusive description of the three days. But it turns out, it is an essay in which I venture subjective judgements and proffer a bias towards the parkway’s “reunite kids with nature” thrust and Richard Louv’s presentation.
I’ll post it here on Thursday if you’re interested. Or not.