Re: REF: iris program
In a message dated 12/13/2007 11:37:35 PM Eastern Standard Time,
I cannot agree with you Anner. There are many people out there who do a
program on, say
Loricariids (a catfish group), but none resent that another is doing a
I think it is important that words not be put in my mouth, nor attitudes be
attributed to me, and certainly not to the blameless Lowes, whom I mentioned
first, and no doubt should not have, and do so regret doing.
What I have said is that the subject of the first CD as proposed--not the CD
education program itself, not the goals of the program, not the mission-- was
one that, on the face of it, bore a strong resemblance to the subject of a
program that a pair of very distinguished officers of the Society have spent
a lot of time working on, have offered widely for some time, and have been
known to enjoy presenting.
My suggestion has been that some sensitivity might be shown to this point.
I have not said the Lowes would resent anything. I have specifically said I
don't know what they might think about this sort of thing. I have simply said
that were I in a similar postion, I'd be disappointed not to have the
opportunity to make my own presentation to groups because some other option had
been developed. Many AIS people have projects that are uniquely theirs, which
they enjoy, and of which they are very protective, like their photos, and and
their webpages, their databases, and so forth, their cherished schticks.
In a volunteer organization it is especially important to respect the
feelings of those doing the critical grunt work. It goes beyond simple courtesy.
The Lowes, who are not young, are holding down a terribly important job for
AIS, one that is tedious, and isolating, and frustrating, and relentless in its
seasons. I think this should be honored, and I sincerely hope they can still
manage to get a little fun out of AIS. I've been there, and I can tell you
it ain't easy.
So, are there really no other possible topics for the first CD?
Regarding some other responses: Of course it is true that various people can
approach the same topic from different perspectives. Is there any question
about that? And surely there is no doubt whatsoever that AIS needs to develop
some new educational tools? Has someone suggested otherwise? Certainly not
Have a nice holiday season, everyone.
Richmond VA USA, with I. foetidissima (white berried), and something said to
be I. susiana, germinating.
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