Dear NBG Community,
It is with bittersweet feelings that I write my thirty-sixth and final newsletter as NBG President. I assumed this role in January 2020, two months before Covid abruptly changed our lives. I feel deep gratitude to the NBG Board, Advisory Council, and Members who have worked together to navigate the changing landscape of a worldwide pandemic while nurturing the goals of our Guild for the past three years. It has been a privilege and an honor to serve alongside a cadre of enthusiastic book artists whose time, effort, and creative vision continue to shape and nourish our unique organization, the farthest north book arts guild.
I am retiring from the Board, but I will take a seat on the Advisory Council and remain active on various Guild committees. Please join me in welcoming the next NBG President and Vice-President: Corlis Taylor and Laurel Herbeck. You will hear more about the 2023 calendar of events from Corlis and Laurel in the January newsletter.
Since I moved to Fairbanks, thirty-three years ago, this time of year has always been an evocative season for me. It seems especially so this year. As we move toward solstice and as we each navigate changes in our lives, I’d like to leave you with this poem:
This Time of Year
Snow sifts into spruce boughs,
drapes a white shawl over
the frozen ground, over the
tangled calligraphy of birch limbs.
Silence sheathes the Tanana.
Hoar frost and rime ice etch their
delicate diaries as daylight dissolves
and cold settles into the trees.
The moon rises early, stars glint
across December’s velvet sky and
there is just enough light to see
the shoveled path, the way home.
Raise your mittened hand
in thanks, turn toward those
you love, make this season
a bright room of gratitude.
With appreciation and warmest regards,
NBG President, 2020 - 2022