I’m about to go and meet a friend for coffee (well, in my case, tea) to discuss trying to put together a pnael for the EMREM symposium on Birth, Sex and Death (http://emremforum.wordpress.com/).  I have no idea if I’ll even be able to get a babysitter to let me get to the conference, but the fact that there are now a few of us early modernists in the department makes me feel like we ought to stick together and that it might make it easier for me to think about going to some of these conferences that I look at occasionally.  Somehow it’s not as scary when there are a few of you!  I could almost get excited about this….