Sometimes we think the world just keeps getting smaller and smaller. Our Preview editor, Jamie Saxon, received a letter from Ann Mark of Lawrenceville about last week’s cover story, “The Accidental Farmers and Their Alpacas,” about Diane and Leon Rosenberg, owners of Meadowgate Farm, featured on the May 14 Lawrenceville House Tour.
“I read your article about Diane and Leon Rosenberg in U.S. 1 — as always, you did an outstanding job,” Mark wrote. “I’ve been at that farm home a few times. When the weather is nice, the sun is right, it is like a little paradise up at that hill. I knew Dr. Rosenberg from working for Bristol-Myers Squibb and became friends since. Diane and Lee are very good people. One summer, they gave me the key to stay at their home in Taos, New Mexico — a memorable trip.”
Saxon profiled Mark for U.S. 1’s June 21, 2006, story “Patients & Their Heroes: Tales of Hope & Humanity.” Until a few years ago, Ann Liang Mark, a native of China who turns 65 this year, was the associate director of multimedia communications at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Six days after 9/11 she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
For years an amateur photographer who loves portraiture and travel photography, Mark left BM-S in December, 2007, to start her own Lawrenceville-based studio. Her first client was the president of the BM-S Foundation, his wife, and their twin daughters adopted from China; the family needed a holiday photo. She writes in her letter to Saxon that she is getting ready to go on a three-week photo trip to Turkey.
We checked in with her and are happy to report her health has been good. “I am doing well,” she writes in a follow-up E-mail. “What I have has become a part of me. I take one thing at a time and enjoy life to its fullest. There is a Chinese saying: ‘Stop the soldiers with a general, fill the flood with dirt,’ which, loosely translated, means “deal with it as it comes.” For more information on Ann Mark’s studio visit www.ann-mark.com.
We also received a letter from Marc Brahaney of Lasley Brahaney, the firm that renovated the farmhouse at Meadowgate Farm and reconstructed a historic barn there. Janet Lasley, Marc’s wife, who died of a rare form of cancer in May, 2010, was also a part of the story:
“What a wonderful article! You really captured the spirit of the place and the essence of all of us, especially Janet and Diane. Janet had that enviable ability to be connected with people on so many levels. It seems fitting that your article is out at the one-year anniversary of her death. Thank you for your kind thoughts.”
Summer Fiction update: Submissions are rolling in for our annual midsummer issue that prints poems and short stories. Along with the submissions came another question: What is the word limit? Because most people have to have a number we will provide one: 2,000 words.
But we will also offer two comments: 1.) We have had some 3,000-word submissions that we wished were a little longer, and we have also had 300-word stories that seemed entirely too long. 2.) We have been known to condense longer stories that we find otherwise appealing.