When the Lapidary Digest stopped being published, there was no intent
that it would ‘fold’. But I really needed a break. My wife of half a
century was losing the battle with Alzheimer’s and that sapped my
energy and enthusiasm for anything other than her. So I stopped the
circulation, but kept all the Archives and all the programs, etc. in
place, against the day when we might want to start again.
Well, the burnout fires have abated; my wife has lost the battle -
still alive but ‘gone’, and I think it is time to restart the Lapidary
Digest. I have contacted those who were working together to publish
the LD, and all have shown great interest in continuing to work on the
LD It will take a few weeks to get rolling and up to speed. I had
already made plans to be away for a week or so around Christmas, so to
have time to get ‘reorganized’ and get underway, I am setting the
early part of January 2001 as the targeted start-up date.
If any of you would like to work with us on the Digest and thus delay
future burnout, please let me know at @Hale_Sweeny. One
problem we were having for the 6 or so months before the hiatus was
that queries would come in which had been asked and answered several
times before. Those answers are all in the Archives, but possibly we
need something like a few “Really Frequently Asked Questions” for the
questions which were truly frequently asked. We need help putting such
a document together, as well as doing other tasks.
I want to thank all the subscribers who helped build to Digest to the
level it achieved, and will try to make it an even more useful
publication in the future.