Some reflections on moving back into my Smith Chapel office:
Those who know me will find this quote that I have displayed in my office ironic:
"When I get a little money, I buy BOOKS; if any is left I buy food and clothes." (Desiderius Erasmus, 1466-1536)
I certainly don't lack for books, food, or clothes, but I buy books more frequently than the other two. Anytime these books are unavailable (and remember that our family probably has 800-1000 books at home and I keep hundreds more at Amherst), their absence weighs on me. It is hard for me to talk with students without pointing them to a book or author. . .
It is hard for a rabbi (especially me) to have one's library packet away. Since some of the book shelves (not to mention the books) were already in my office when I arrived, it is fun to set them up from scratch.
My files (also packed away for the last few weeks) are getting a once-over as well. At the same time, Smith asked us to examine files on the server's hard drive to save space. So they are being reorganized as well. (As I have been doing that, I realized that the web page I created for my writings is not yet up-to-date, so I have been adding things as I find them. Check it out.
PS. Those who did not get to attend Smith's Rally Day today (where I substituted with an invocation already posted on-line), missed 5 inspirational alumnae.