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New Year's Wishes
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0478   Friday, 31 December 2010

From:        Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:        Friday, December 31, 2010       
Subject:     New Year's Wishes

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

Let me wish the best for the New Year to all subscribers.

I am running late for getting to the home of our family friends with whom we have 
spent New Year's Eve for more years than I can remember (excepting when I attend the 
New Year's Silent Retreats sponsored by my sangha, The Insight Meditation Community 
of Washington). Sarah, Deborah and Jon's daughter, has been a friend of my younger 
daughter Rebecca, since the two were two and four years old. Jon is a retired 
Professor of Public Health at Yale and Deborah, among her own achievements, is the 
daughter of Fredrick P. Rose, the man responsible for the Fredrick P. Rose Hall, the 
home of Jazz at the Lincoln Center.

I am looking forward to many exciting events in the New Year for SHAKSPER in its 
twenty-second year of service to the Shakespeare academic community.

I have already announced the upcoming book reviews from the SBReviews project.

I will also have news about the publication of the special issue of the journal 
STYLE, the issue that is dedicated to our Roundtable Discussion on Shakespeare's 
Intentions. Much more to come on this front.

I hope to have some more news about the updated web site and new features, including 
a way for subscribers to donate to the work of the list (i.e., donate money that 
is).

It seems as though I had more announcements to make, but I am in such a hurry that I 
will have to stop here.

These past months have been difficult for me: I had various surgeries and procedures 
and then two months ago I decided that after six years of taking narcotic pain 
medications that I wanted to try to live my life without them. I had a great 
difficulty finding someone / some place that would work with me (oh, the stories I 
can tell about how broken the US medical establishment is), but I am now completing 
my first month of a long detoxification process. The irony is that the medications 
that have been added to help me with the withdrawal process have caused the 
medications I take even at a significantly lower dose to be more potent, so I have 
had many weeks of great difficulties keeping myself awake and alert. I am hoping 
that as time goes on I will be more effective at moderating the list than I have 
been of late. 

I am particularly late, so I end now with a wish that the New Year will be an 
exciting and productive one for subscribers and for the grandfather of academic 
listserv, SHAKSPER.

Best wishes to all,
Hardy

PS: There are a few on-going discussion I was not able to get to editing today; 
you can look forward to them, too.


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