I just got my Aroidiana 33, yesterday. It is amazing in scope and content. It is hard to believe that such a monumental effort on behalf of all involved; is voluntary. It renews one's faith in the generosity of humanity. I know the process must be like herding cats at times. Derek, you are to be rewarded on some divine level, at some point. For this world, I wish to thank you personally.
I will do my part to write. My favorite group of aroids is Philodendron subgenus, Meconostigma. Perhaps discussions on cultivating these plants would be of interest.
On a sober note, I just read in this present issue, of the death of my friend, Craig Phillips. I knew him for many years. I believe we started
to correspond because our mutual interest in the genus, Monstera. I soon discovered that we had much more in common; illustration, diving,coelacanths, fossils, poison arrow frogs, and a host of other subjects. I still have some of his illustrations of fish that he gave me. I certainly miss his letters, which were all written in the old way...in the real world. This world has lost another living treasure. Craig was so knowledgeable and genuine and generous. I was deeply saddened to learn of his passing.
--- On Fri, 9/24/10, Derek Burch <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Derek Burch <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Aroideana 33
To: "'Discussion of aroids'"
Date: Friday, September 24, 2010, 4:03 AM
Thank you to everyone for
being pleased with Aroideana this time. I canât let the occasion pass
without beginning my usual cry for help with articles for the next issue. Tom
is wrong in giving a deadline of January 15 for it â that has to be my âabsoluteâ,
and before the New Year is much better since no one wants to write last minute
things over the holidays.
I will certainly help
with writing, and would much prefer it if articles âin the roughâ
came directly to me, rather than through either Steve or Tom, much as I value
their support. I will have to work on them eventually, so see no point in
taking up their time with this. They could be writing their own articles
If we are to have a
strong âgardeningâ section, I would be happiest if it were several
peopleâs experience on a single topic, or a coordinated âwhere to
go and what to seeâ for a particular region. Any interest there? Room
for volunteers to organise that if anyone is interested.
Again thank you for all
the compliments on the issue â you are all certainly welcome to whatever
I can put into it while I am still ambulatory (that is a minimum of walking
from my keyboard to the bathroom and back at need).
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