Recommended reading

Greetings and welcome to my weekly roundup of blog posts I enjoyed reading.

Suzanne Lucas normally writes about corporate HR issues. But she also is an expat living in Switzerland, and from time to time she writes about Swiss culture. This week she wrote a cultural perspective on some recent Swiss news stories. Read Swiss Saturday: Handshakes, Swimming Pools, and Annoying Foreigners

The Nikon Series E lenses are often looked down upon. Mark O’Brien challenges the naysayers to take another look. He reviews several of the lenses in this post. Read Nikon Series E Lenses

“Perhaps contentment may be found anytime and anyplace you deliberately open your eyes to find it. ” This is Joseph Dennis‘s meditation on a 1972 Buick Skylark, for Curbside Classic. He reflects on his childhood in Flint, Michigan, where Buicks were made, and how shaking the dust off his shabby hometown didn’t transform his life. Read Curbside Classic: 1972 Buick Skylark Custom Hardtop — Orange You Glad

Seth Godin takes a long view of American history and notices that, bit by bit, we trend toward higher morals. Given the baboon who was just inaugurated President, I hope he’s right. Read …and it bends toward justice

Joe Biden’s tenure as Vice President ended yesterday. Jennifer Bowman wrote a lovely meditation on his character as it was forged from crippling loss. While I wish that kind of loss on nobody, I wish more politicians had the character such loss brings. Read Amtrak and the national grief counselor


12 thoughts on “Recommended reading

  1. I’ve been reading your blog for years, and have always enjoyed it. I find it distasteful, however, that you’d inject politics into your blog by referring to President Trump as a “baboon”. People need neutral, non-political places they can go to escape from the constant barrage of culture and politics; i had always thought your blog was one of those places. I’m disappointed to find that I was wrong.

    • I regret that my using that word disappointed you. If I had stopped to edit this before it autopublished this morning I think I would have taken it out. It is an ad hominem attack and that’s not who I want to be.

      This is post 1,601 on this blog, which nears its tenth anniversary. Only on a tiny handful of other occasions have I written anything that could remotely be considered political. I can’t go along with your view that one ill-placed word makes this place one of politics.

  2. Christopher Smith says:

    Nothing to reproach your self for Jim everyone is entitled to there own opinion and I have always found your blog non political and I am looking forward to your tenth anniversary blog.

  3. Enjoyed the two I read. Seth’s was inspiring and Jennifer’s gave me an insight into a man I have admired from Australia about whom I knew so little. What a exceptional man Joe Biden is to have survived all that loss, all the more so for saying that he isn’t.

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