It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
When feeling despondent about the recent political and economic environment in Queensland, we need to remind ourselves of Dickens’ words, and the thought that it is not over yet. The “fat girl” hasn’t sung, and her name is history. Professional historians are not history yet in this state! We, as an Association, have it in our own hands to make our future and that is why I urge members to consider and read carefully the item in this e-bulletin, called “Announcing Strategic Planning”.