Nano sent me a postcard on the occasion of my last birthday with this clipping from the New York Times:
People with cohesive social networks, whether offices, cliques, or industires, tend to think and act the same. In the long run, this homogeneity deadens creativity. As [Ron Burt, a sociologist at the University of Chicago] has repeatedly shown, people who reach outside their social network not only are often the first to learn about new and useful information, but they are also able to see how different kinds of groups solve similar problems.
This was Nano in so many ways. (And for her to clip the article on 5/22 and mail it on 12/8, with a Buckminster Fuller stamp, was her way too.)
I'll miss getting postcards from Nano, and I'll miss her effortless grace in being part of so many parts of the world I live in.
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