Tuesday Tidbits – December 16


Switzerland? France? Alps.


Lying in bed this morning, I had about a half dozen ideas for a post … all controversial subjects. I don’t write much controversial stuff these days, mainly to keep my blood pressure under control. Besides, I have had arguments with the best of them, so what’s the point?

I worked for a man once, a relatively illustrious fellow who has written several books on immigration. He was a Rhodes scholar and professor who taught on both sides of the Atlantic.  One evening, we engaged in an argument that lasted an hour or two, the upshot being that being that I left the room a better educated person than when I entered.

I was never about anything more than wanting to understand the world around me, particularly the human world, and I loved knowledgeable people who would carry on a good debate.  He understood this and accommodated me. As he advanced my goal, I have always thought kindly of him.

Over the years, I crossed paths with this former boss on many occasions, usually at gatherings associated with our profession (Demography).  I have no idea where he is or even if he is alive, but such is life.

I don’t get on Facebook as often these days, but when I happened to check it out last week, I stumbled over the announcement that another of my younger-than-me bosses had died. The list of former bosses and professors, all male, who have died is astounding.  To a man, they were well-educated fellows, and the first thing I think is why did they die so young?  Didn’t they take care of themselves?  I know for a fact the fellow who died last week walked at lunch, I often saw him crossing the reservation from our census bureau building, past NOAA and Naval Intelligence to the National Archives building and back. Nevertheless, he died young.


December is becoming very busy, so writing posts and leaving comments and/or messages for fellow bloggers will be hit or miss for a while. I am NOT running around frantically, rather doing the usual stuff, doctor’s appointments, etc., plus visiting with family.

Two of my granddaughters are driving from their respective university campuses to visit me this weekend. We’ve planned an excursion into DC to the Benedictine Abby where we will attend noontime prayers and then eat lunch with the brothers.  Later, if I have the energy, we will make a trip to the Mall to see the National Christmas tree. Saturday, we will do more fun things.

I cannot tell a lie. In my down time such as it is, I am reading, walking the dogs, etc. I decided to squeeze out a post this morning so you would know I am alive, and then visit other blogs later in the day. Tomorrow its back to the Avian vet in Alexandria for Arabella’s monthly beak and nail trim.

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Arabella, Hahn’s Macaw

20 thoughts on “Tuesday Tidbits – December 16

  1. My December is extremely busy and somber this year. I hope to be back to normal in the New Year. I know what you mean about people younger than ourselves passing away. It’s really disconcerting.


  2. I love it when you ‘get your knickers in a knot’ about something – thats when I also learn something new lol
    Yes it’s going to be family time soon – time when some families wish they weren’t together and time when some who aren’t wish they were. Enjoy your time with the girls you rarely see these days – I think it’s great you have a mix of events planned – some for young and old by the look of it.
    Enjoy the week, we’ll see you when we see you 🙂


  3. Life is for the living, isn’t it? Enjoy your weekend with your grandkids. Tomorrow night, we will be watching Rylan act as a soldier in his preschool Christmas show. He told me that he will be on stage “for just a second, Grandma.” Well, I hope my camera captures that second for my blog. Lol.


  4. I think this time of year is just too busy to worry overmuch about blogging and commenting. It’s good to know that you’re around (unlike some of your exbosses). Doctor’s appointment take up an ever increasing time nowadays and so do those minor appointments with all kinds of people we pay to keep us young(ish) looking and fit(ish) feeling. But dropping into blogland occasionally is a nice relaxing sideways step too.

    Enjoy your family visits and stay a active and happy.

    Have a good Christmas, although yours will perhaps be as laid back and comfortable as ours, rather than the mad manic rush it is for so many. see you anon.


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