Meeting Barry Wellman

It's more than 15 years since I wrote the posts below, retrieved today because Barry Wellman isn't well. I had a conversation with his beloved wife Bev, who is at his side, and found myself wondering just when it was that we first met. To my astonishment I see that I recorded it - in a

By |2023-05-22T11:36:51-04:00May 19th, 2023|Berkshire Blog|0 Comments

On Going Home to England

In 2006 I wrote a blog post about how much I missed England and the homesickness I felt for my London neighborhood and friends I made when I was a young working mum. It got a lot of responses; I wasn't the only one who had regrets about moving on, or a lingering desire to be at home again

By |2017-06-08T17:17:28-04:00June 8th, 2017|Berkshire Blog|7 Comments

CHINA Town Hall comes to the Berkshires, Karen Christensen to speak

The National Committee on US-China Relations (NCUSCR) is mentioned in the opening to today’s New York Times feature on Chinese president XI Jinping's first state visit to the United States. The #NCUSCR has been at the center of US-China people-to-people exchanges since 1966, and is soon coming to Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

By |2015-09-22T06:36:07-04:00September 22nd, 2015|Berkshire Blog|0 Comments

Berkshire Notes: The Worst Kind of American Exceptionalism

Greetings to all Berkshire authors and friends [this message was sent by email to contributors around the world, but we’re posting it here, too, so we can add comments and notes – and we welcome comments], It gave me heart to read that pro-gun politicians weren’t answering their phones last weekend and that not one of

By |2012-12-21T16:47:03-05:00December 21st, 2012|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Chinese Firm To Build Friendship Wall between Mexico and US

1 April 2012, Great Barrington, Massachusetts—While construction slows in China, new opportunities for foreign investment and international cooperation beckon. The Northeastern Friendship Construction and Heavy Industry Transportation and Advertising Company (NFCHITAC), a division of National Pacific Patriotic People's Southern Construction, Investing, Securities, and Commercial Services Group (NPPPSCISCSG), has been selected for the construction of what is

By |2013-04-02T09:13:32-04:00April 1st, 2012|Uncategorized|4 Comments

Taking public education seriously

As Berkshire Publishing focuses more on education, on learning as well as teaching, I found myself reflecting on a passage from a book called The Company of Strangers, by Parker Palmer. I read this book in the course of my research on community, and even though Palmer's worldview is Christian and mine is not, I found

By |2012-01-19T17:17:10-05:00January 19th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Arthur Morgan’s vision for the future

Multimedia message, originally uploaded by KarenChristensen.   I wasn't exaggerating in what I wrote about Arthur Morgan a few days ago. He was an astonishingly creative thinker, with a breadth of accomplishment that I cannot help falling for (in authors as well as real life). And didn't he know it, too. This book, published in Yellow

By |2008-04-29T18:37:29-04:00April 27th, 2008|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Digital Now–now

I'm finishing up my notes for the panel this morning on "The Power of the Right Community," in a hotel room above a lake at a Disney resort in Florida. A rather odd location, but perhaps evidence that community is truly a universal topic--one that applies in every aspect of life and work. It's an amazing

By |2008-04-29T18:37:54-04:00April 24th, 2008|Uncategorized|0 Comments


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