David Bouchier

David Bouchier’s weekly essays are full of unexpected observations and whimsical opinions. Listeners will relish his entertaining, enlightening, and sometimes exasperated commentaries on the routines that carry us through the year, the surreal rituals of politics, the unsettling experience of foreign travel, and the confusions and comedies of everyday suburban life.

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David Bouchier
7:40 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Happy Turkey

David Bouchier

We are taught to believe that Thanksgiving celebrates the first harvest gathered by the Pilgrims in the autumn of 1621. The story goes that they feasted for three days on turkeys and fruit given to them by the Indians. This doesn't sound very plausible to me. The Pilgrims, after all, were British, and the British only eat turkey at Christmas.

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David Bouchier
7:40 am
Mon November 17, 2014

A Warm Welcome

David Bouchier

Hospitality – what a wonderful warm, evocative word that is. One of the most basic obligations of a civilized society is to provide hospitality to strangers. The only problem is that most of those who arrive at this time of year are not strangers. In spite of the growth of the hotel industry many folks still feel obliged to provide free accommodation for their nearest and dearest, ignoring local ordinances about overcrowding, as well as violating the Constitutional protection against cruel and unusual punishment.

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David Bouchier 11/10/14
7:40 am
Mon November 10, 2014

The Way We Were

David Bouchier

This is the season of reunions and homecomings. Families come together for Thanksgiving and The Holidays, and for those who don't have a family, or don't like the one they have, there are many other ways of revisiting the past and renewing old ties.

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David Bouchier 11/10/14
7:40 am
Mon November 10, 2014

The Way We Were

This is the season of reunions and homecomings.  Families come together for Thanksgiving and The Holidays, and for those who don’t have a family, or don’t like the one they have, there are many other ways of revisiting the past and renewing old ties.

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David Bouchier 11/3/14
9:05 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Politics and Language

It is always a waste of time to suggest that: "Everybody should see this" or "Everybody should read that," because "Everybody" pays absolutely no attention. But I'll make an exception in this case. In an election season, everybody should read or re-read George Orwell's essay "Politics and the English Language." It doesn’t take long, perhaps ten minutes to absorb the whole thing, and it works like a kind of linguistic flu shot. Next time a toxic cloud of political rhetoric comes your way you will find to your surprise and relief that you are completely immune.

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