Day 14: Reflection
Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time arranging the archives of @texasvertpaleo.
I spend my days surrounded by (sometimes buried under) the correspondence, field notes, manuscripts, and musings of my predecessors. The first mostly processed collection in our archive belongs to the late Charles Repenning. Rep was a USGS geologist and mammalian paleontologist, as well as a WWII veteran, escaped POW, father, husband, keen observer, and acerbic writer. As I organize and rehouse his papers (22 boxes of correspondence, plus another 14 of research notes) I experience a wide range of emotions reading through his insights into science, life, and death. I’m variably overcome with joy, nostalgia, delight, and depression as I listen to the lessons he imparted to family, friends, and colleagues. Rep often sprinkled his writing with reflection on his path through the 20th century. Having survived war and imprisonment by the Nazis, he lost his life in 2005 at the hands of burglars.
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