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.

Democratic Weather

Dec 29, 2014

Part of our eternal fascination with the weather is that we can do nothing about it, least of all predict it. The arbitrariness of the weather led our ancestors to assume that it was sent by capricious gods to annoy or punish mere mortals, or perhaps just for entertainment. This theory has persisted for thousands of years, and it makes sense to me. Weather forecasting, in spite of satellites and computers and sophisticated modeling techniques, remains almost as fallible as stock market forecasting.

An Authentic Victorian Christmas Pudding Recipe

From David Bouchier’s grandmother, who was born in 1884 (the 47th year of Queen Victoria’s Reign)

From Sunday Matinee : December 21, 2014

Ingredients

Proverbial wisdom tells us that it is more blessed to give than to receive. But this doesn't make much sense. When it comes to gifts most of us would much prefer to be on the receiving side. Gift giving is so complicated. It may be good for the soul but it involves shopping, choosing, paying for and wrapping your choice, and standing in line at the post office, and hoping you haven't made a dreadful mistake. A single gift can take hours to accomplish, which is why some people start buying them in January.

The Holiday greeting cards are coming in, each one with a message of goodwill printed inside. They are a fine way of keeping in touch with friends and family, but not as heartwarming or as intimate as a proper letter. A letter is like a hug, but a greeting card is like a casual wave across a crowded room. An electronic card is more like a flash of headlights on a busy highway, signaling: "I know you're there, sorry I can't stop."

A Fabulous Bargain

Dec 8, 2014

Public libraries are one of the world's two greatest bargains, and one of the best human inventions - better than Interstate highways, better than WalMart, better even than schools. Because schools narrow down the learning process, and libraries open it up. I would even go so far as to say that libraries are more important to the future of this country than the NFL and the NRA put together, although I know this is sacrilege.

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