I have been meaning to join chronicles for a long time. As someone who often can't get to programs, due to some health issues, it helps keep me in touch with what's going on. I don't know if you think of it that way, but it does serve that function. I particularly feel indebted to Julia's Dispatches series. Where else would I hear people like Richard Reoch, Judith Simmer-Brown, and Fleet Maull discuss in person issues such as how they came to Shambhala, and how they feel about current events?