Quote of the day/week/however long

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."
~William James

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Family Album

This might not be new to you, but it certainly is to Madam, and she couldn't be happier to have discovered the Library of Congress's already-fabulous oral history collection includes a wonderful assortment of interviews with diplomats.   

(Motor pool?  What's a motor pool?)

These are not exotic strangers: they are our own aunts and uncles, our kindred in this business. Their stories are excellent, as are their lists of assignments and the highlights of each.  They read like pages of a family album. Relive the old days, good and bad, before motor pool, before email, before anything but one's wits, reliability and elegance under fire.

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