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Karen’s Letter: Finding Resilience

I’ve felt low this week and I’m not sure why. Of course I know why. The world’s in a mess, and my own country is amongst the worst of it. But I’m not sure why it struck me so hard this week. The feelings come in waves: I feel tense, angry, overwhelmed. I just want to be

By |2020-07-06T11:12:39-05:00July 6th, 2020|Berkshire Blog|0 Comments

Cooking Our Way Into The Future

I started the Encyclopedia of Chinese Cuisines both as an excuse to eat and as what I thought would be a pleasant escape from the political drama of publishing about China. That led to our publishing books like The Way of Eating and Asian Cuisines, and to my work on gastrodiplomacy. Now, during the COVID-19 crisis, we’re planning a major project on

By |2020-05-31T16:39:39-05:00May 31st, 2020|Berkshire Blog, Oddments|0 Comments

Karen’s Letter: Foraging & Future Thinking

  While the coronavirus continues to change our lives, it does feel as if we’re lifting our heads from the crash position. It's still scary, but less out of control and panicky. I hope this is true for you. For me, the new normal is watching people use Zoom for the first time (”How do I

By |2020-05-14T16:59:57-05:00May 14th, 2020|Berkshire Blog|0 Comments

A Letter is Better: Love and Remembrance

Messenger of Sympathy and Love Servant of Parted Friends Consoler of the Lonely Bond of the Scattered Family Enlarger of the Common Life Carrier of News and Knowledge Instrument of Trade and Industry Promoter of Mutual Acquaintance Of Peace and of Goodwill Among Men and Nations. A business consultant once passed around copies of the poem

By |2020-05-28T04:18:13-05:00April 16th, 2020|Berkshire Blog|0 Comments

Tom’s 2nd letter from Beijing

This Princess and Prince Party is sure to be canceled. I'm delighted to report that the Train Campaign projects were included in the governor's bond bill last week, and the bills I filed by petition (a unique Massachusetts citizen right) have been favorably reported on. Read about A Great Week for Train Advocates in

By |2020-05-28T04:34:26-05:00March 13th, 2020|Berkshire Blog|0 Comments
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