That time of year again

Here’s wishing you every good thing in the new year, and a warm and happy holiday.

Remember to track Santa’s progress around the world at the NORAD site.

Rick, Barry and Len

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International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability

This is a brief reminder that the International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability is to be held at the East-West Center, University of Hawai’i, 25-27 February 2005. Main speakers will include: Helena Norberg-Hodge, Director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture; Manfred Steger, Professor of Politics and Government at Illinois State University, USA; Lyuba Zarsky, Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University, USA; and Walter Jamieson, Dean, School of Travel Industry Management, University of Hawai’i.

Life Interrupted

Life Interrupted – This is a fascinating feature article that appeared a couple of weeks ago in the Seattle Times. With all of our ways to connect with each other technologically, we’ve become a society characterized by multi-tasking and constant interruption. This article interviews some researchers and talks about some of the issues. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/pacificnw/2004/1128/cover.html. Coincidentally, I’ve recently followed the lead of my research partner, Katy Campbell, and have begun reading and responding to my email only once a day for a couple of hours. I’m hoping this will help me manage my work/life better, and even allow me to concentrate more fully on the things I’m doing. I’ve found myself to be disturbingly scattered recently, and I think a big culprit is my own compulsion to attend to everything that comes my way immediately. Well, stuff is coming constantly, and from many different directions, so it is natural that some things will not get the attention they deserve while other things will get more attention than they need. Let’s see if my new little strategy helps.