How much is the environment?

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After an exhausting week of playing catch-up with medical appointments, I looked forward to a relatively open next week. Well it was open until our GP decided David needed to return to see our ENT guy.  As I had suggested to Dr L that David can’t remember anything two minutes, and that he needed to give me any information, he gave David a note with the ENT’s name address and phone number.

Problem was, it was wrong.

I discovered this when I dialed the number. I also discovered that although the wrong number belonged to a different ENT that “appeared” to be located near us owing to the ZIP code address, it was an office outside the beltway which to David and me is on the other side of the moon.

When we do venture outside the beltway, it is an all day or week-long excursion, not a quick trip. I am no longer possessed by the wanderlust.  I have learned to “be still” and “be content.”

Alexis de Tocqueville wrote that what struck him about Americans was their restlessness, their eternal pursuit of the greenback (what money was called in the nineteenth century). This quest for the green can be seen again and again in our literature, for example, in the ‘the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock’ in The Great Gatsby. If you have read Gatsby, you know that he comes to a sad end, as did his creator, F. Scott Fitzgerald.

I was thinking about Gatsby again this week because I’ve been reading Azar Nafisi’s Republic of Imagination. Nafisi, is a literary critic and professor of English with the University of Maryland.  She is also an Iranian-American immigrant and author of Reading Lolita in Teheran.

I love both of her books and highly recommend them.

I’m currently reading the section in Republic of Imagination, on Babbitt, by Sinclair Lewis.

You, astute reader can probably guess who Babbitt brought to mind. Well of course it was the fellow who dominated the news this week, our very own President Babbit the epitome of everything wrong with us as a nation.

Oh for the days of FDR who thought it was far better to save our environment than destroy it in the pursuit of money.

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19 thoughts on “How much is the environment?

  1. Would it be OK if I cross-posted this article to WriterBeat.com? I’ll be sure to give you complete credit as the author. There is no5 fee, I’m simply trying to add more content diversity for our community and I liked what you wrote. If “OK” please let me know via email.

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  2. Best wishes on the appointments for David. I had not thought about Babbit in comparison, but yes, sadly. I hope to holy heck that somewhere there is another decent President on the horizon. I hate the thought that the current so called one might be the last one I’ll know about it this life.

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  3. Helps to be optimistic, I concur. I have five unread books + one for next weeks book club. Now you add some more interesting sounding ones. I’ll never catch up as must get on with massive sorting, downsizing type activity so the house interior can have long overdue refreshing top to bottom. Feel overwhelmed with the prospect. Oops — have to do my income tax first as finally received forms. Used to be IRS sent them at beginning of Jan. automatically. I ordered them early but this was the soonest they were available. I resist hiring someone to do them or paying for a computer program — we shouldn’t have to pay money in order to pay our taxes.

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    • I break jobs into tasks, I.e. Break them up, and do them in bits. We’ve worked on our yard past few months, doing tasks on nice days.

      As for books, I would love to see your list of titles. I set aside time to read while David naps. I read in blocks of time like we did in fourth grade. A lifelong habit that got me through college and grad school after I had kids.

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      • I’m finishing Notorious RBG for book club next week, then start on Trans Atlantic for next meeting. Others to be worked in for just me: Washington’s Farewell, Life After Life, The Night Manager, The Fight to Vote, The Shallows, Babbit.

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  4. That’s quite a job remembering for two. Our town lost 2 of 3 pulmonologists over the last two years. He’s also an administrator and is not taking new patients except to see them if they are hospitalized. The next closest pulmonologist is in a clinic 70 miles away. That has been 70 miles of icy highway this year. Thankfully my primary has taken charge, 7 blocks away. Did they have an alternative for the far away ENT guy?

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  5. I am kind of confused as to why David would need to see an ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat) Doc if he’s having memory loss. Hope it all works out and I, too, am becoming much more of a homebody.

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