David Bouchier


David began as a print journalist in London and taught at a British university for almost twenty years. After coming to the United States in 1986 he continued to teach and to publish a regular humor column in The New York Times regional edition.  He joined WSHU as a weekly commentator in 1992, becoming host of Sunday Matinee in 1996. His latest book of essays, Peripheral Vision, was published in 2011. His other books include A Few Well Chosen Words, The Song of Suburbia, The Cats and the Water Bottles, The Accidental Immigrant and Writer at Work. He lives in Stony Brook, New York with his wife who is a professor at Stony Brook University, and two un-musical cats.

The Joys Of Travel

May 25, 2015

It's no accident that the English word "travel" comes from the French word travaille, meaning work. The work of preparing for a long trip is enough to persuade a person to give up travel forever. Our whole lives must be packed down to the dimensions of a suitcase and a carry-on. Arrangements must be made for paying bills, caring for cats, mowing the lawn or clearing snow according to season, and sometimes both. Time inevitably runs out before all this is done, but we have to go anyway.

It’s graduation week at thousands of colleges and universities. The gowns and mortarboards will soon be returned to the rental companies in various states of dishevelment, and textbooks are going back to campus bookstores by the truckload. For more than a million new graduates, it’s over.

You might imagine that, out here in the leafy suburbs of Long Island, I have a quiet, stress-free life with nothing to worry about except squirrels on the bird feeder and the occasional leaking faucet. Nothing could be further from the truth. Every day brings a new drama, a new cliffhanger, and more often several of them, so I live in a state of constant anxiety.

Good Advice

May 4, 2015

From time to time we are all called upon to give advice to a friend or family member who is feeling gloomy, or lonely, or just plain bored with life. Giving advice is never easy, and most of us aren't trained for it. There are literally thousands of books with upbeat titles like The Happiness Project and How to Stop Worrying and Start Living that offer a road to happiness via one therapy or another, with new ones being published every day.

Walking Alone

Apr 27, 2015

After what seemed like a long time crawling around on the floor I learned to walk at the age of about fourteen months, and I've been walking ever since. I liked walking from the start. It is more dignified than crawling, and faster, and allows us to see more things. Some medical authorities have even suggested that walking may be good for our physical health, although we should probably reserve judgment on that.