Tag: 2020 visions

Thanksgiving for foods -- some thoughts from Bartlett's

Thanksgiving  for foods -- some thoughts from Bartlett's
Sometimes I think I will scream if I hear or read one more story about Thanksgiving that centers around food. A day to give thanks is not meant to be a day all about food and eating. Not all. But being thankful for food — particular, special food, whether it’s available only at “the holidays”... Read more »

Thoughts from Bartlett's Quotations: Thanksgiving

Thoughts from Bartlett's Quotations: Thanksgiving
The novel coronavirus has now killed more than 250,000 people in the United States alone.¬† A quarter of a million people are dead. It’s enough to make one think that not only Thanksgiving plans, but perhaps the holiday itself, should be canceled. That thought has crossed my mind — and left it. Looking up quotations... Read more »

Rest and be thankful: Quotations from Bartlett's about thanksgiving

Rest and be thankful: Quotations from Bartlett's about thanksgiving
As Thanksgiving began to mentioned in the broadcast and print media, I immediately started hearing complaints about how it will be a different holiday this year: relatives can’t come, or we can’t go to them; we won’t be able to eat together; we may not be able to get the usual treats to eat. It... Read more »
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I'll take Changing Slang for 800, Alex

I'll take Changing Slang for 800, Alex
I have loved watching “Jeopardy!” for years, from sick days as a kid watching Art Fleming to time between or after college classes watching Alex Trebek collecting the questions for the given answers. I loved watching it with my dad, and eventually even sharing it by phone. He would watch when he could and save... Read more »

I think I'll go back to saying 'two thousand and' years

I think I'll go back to saying 'two thousand and' years
As November comes hurtling tpward us, I keep hearing about things with seasons or series that last through this year and next — the ’20-’21 seasons. Of course, that’s hard to hear any differently from things that are happening completely next year, 2021. At least it’s hard to hear if you pronounce it the way... Read more »

What will we call this when we look back?

What will we call this when we look back?
Whether I’m organizing things or just trying to figure out when something started or how long it may last, I tend to use either a year (in case I need to look it up in a diary) or, if I can’t be specific, before or after an event in my life. For instance, I’m not... Read more »
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Looking for passing places as I walk

Looking for passing places as I walk
I realized something funny when I was taking a walk while doing laundry this afternoon: When someone approached, I caught myself looking for a passing place. I haven’t thought much about passing places since I was 12 and traveling in Scotland with my family, meeting Dad’s cousins and seeing part of the country. Especially in... Read more »

Redefining 'special occasions' during a crisis

Redefining 'special occasions' during a crisis
I had to go out today — my “economic impact” check wasn’t taking itself to the bank. So I wore my good boots, my gray suede “skates” (so nicknamed since they’re as tall as skate boots, but don’t have blades). And yes, I wore a mask into the bank.¬†Again. As I rode to the bank,... Read more »

Masks, banks, and something I never thought I'd need to say on Jan. 1: Should I take my mask off?

Masks, banks, and something I never thought I'd need to say on Jan. 1: Should I take my mask off?
If my private diary had categories the way this blog does, I think every year would have a category called I Never Thought of This Until Now. Tonight will have the first entry in that category for 2020. I had to go to the bank for the first time since the public advisory to wear... Read more »
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Dad's question: What can you do with what you already have?

When it comes to missing people these days, I had about a year’s head start. “All of this,” closings, stay-at-home orders and all, began just after the first anniversary of my father’s death. The political moves and the logical and scientific announcements (accurate or not) often leave me thinking I want to talk to him... Read more »