David Bouchier http://wshu.org en Safety Features http://wshu.org/post/safety-features <p></p><p></p><p>Our car was recalled by the manufacturer recently. It wasn’t one of those controversial recalls you’ve been reading about, but just a small repair to the braking system. The car is not that old but, like its owner, it has reached the stage where occasional visits to the repair shop are necessary.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:23:43 +0000 David Bouchier 15774 at http://wshu.org Safety Features Down on the Farm http://wshu.org/post/down-farm <p></p><p></p><p>Last week we drove out along the North Fork of Long Island, just to see if it was still there. You can never be sure that any landscape survives long here, given the pace of development, so it’s best to check at regular intervals.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:16:15 +0000 David Bouchier 15383 at http://wshu.org Down on the Farm Self Portrait http://wshu.org/post/self-portrait <p></p><p></p><p>The trendy word of the year so far seems to be "selfie," which I understand to mean simply a photographic self-portrait. Why this idea should suddenly be so much in vogue is hard to explain. Cameras were equipped with time-delay shutters for taking self-portraits as early as the 1850s, and I was certainly using one in the 1950s. However a fashion is a fashion, and we must do our best to understand it.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:37:49 +0000 David Bouchier 15004 at http://wshu.org Self Portrait Fear of Frying http://wshu.org/post/fear-frying <p></p><p></p><p>Dieting is the curse of the modern age. Having freed ourselves from religious puritanism, we've fallen prey to the far worse medical kind. No sooner have the first crocuses emerged from the frozen earth than the media announce that dieting season has arrived.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:40:00 +0000 David Bouchier 14629 at http://wshu.org Fear of Frying Things Are Against Us http://wshu.org/post/things-are-against-us <p></p><p></p><p>Do you ever get the impression that life is a perpetual struggle against things? The French have a phrase for it: "Les choses sont contre nous" or things are against us. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:46:51 +0000 David Bouchier 14257 at http://wshu.org Things Are Against Us