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Burned Alive in Bulgaria

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It is difficult for me to follow what is going on in Bulgaria while I’m in the States. Or when I travel. In general. It is difficult to know what is truly happening even if you are there, in the midst of it all. 

I remember feeling out of place, trying to accommodate to my old life after my first visit to the States after a 1-month long youth program in North Carolina. When I first got on a public bus just the next day after I had returned, I got surprised to see how angry people were with one another; how meaningless things could trigger a massive negative reaction and how this energy was to be found almost everywhere, contagiously spreading from one person to the next.

I often get angry with my mom when she becomes over-cautious, counting every cent (stotinka in Bulgarian), always looking for the cheapest products available (concerns with quality of food are alien for most of Bulgarians, the lower the price, the better!). I hate it, but I get it. The financial shortage and its offspring- the extreme frugality encapture all of your attention and turn you into a beast whose only matter in life is securing that his very basic needs are met. I get it, because it is crucial. Of course, you need food. And your kids need you. You need to be alive to be humane, right?

But there is more to that story. Poverty in Bulgaria is not only about the low standart of life. It is about the persistent lack of perspective; the inadequacy experienced by both old and young as to what should be done.

We are all set on fire. Comforming to ease the pain, or crying out loud for a change, we are all burning in a steady rate.


A Circ Change

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A colleague shared this picture with me the other day – and though I am not inclined to post pictures of myself on the web, it seemed like the perfect image to inform you about an upcoming change in Circulation Services.
My last day at Midd will be June 30. I am moving to southern Vermont, and I am looking forward to a new adventure traveling and working in the company of stone.
It has been a joy and a privilege to have worked with the talented community of students, staff and faculty at Midd and I have been given the gift of friendships from across campus and the world, and the opportunity to learn something new every day. Thank you. I will treasure my time at Midd, and I will miss you all.
On July 1st, Dan Frostman will assume the position of Circulation Services Manager. Please be in touch with him about any circulation and borrowing questions or concerns – you will be in very good hands.