David Bouchier http://wshu.org en The Last Gasp http://wshu.org/post/last-gasp <p></p><p></p><p>When the sun begins to peek out, however reluctantly, and the temperature crawls up to a tolerable level I always have the irrational feeling that I should be more active instead of spending my days reading and writing and feeding cats. A lot of senior citizens in search of eternal youth are fiendishly active these days. They go to the gym or the swimming pool every day, or run ten miles at dawn or do Tai Chi or Kung Fu or Pilates (whatever it is) or Jazzercise or one of the other tortures invented for the elderly.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:42:00 +0000 David Bouchier 16033 at http://wshu.org The Last Gasp 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