old magazines, old memories..." Last December I was there again cleaning a bit more of the old stuff. Actually, I should call it "vintage," it does sound better. And by the way, the etymology of the word "vintage" is French. It was used as early as the 15th century meaning vendange or wine harvest. Although now vintage also means something from an earlier generation. There were some old wine bottles in the garage but mostly just vintage stuff. It was slow going as I would stop and look at the magazines.
Bird Drawings from Sir Peter Shepheard in January 2011. As I said in that post my husband had finished his Master's Degree in Environmental Planning and spent a couple of summers working for his professor Ian McHarg's office as a river planner. My husband received three job offers, one from San Diego, California, one from Arizona and one from Georgia. He decided to take the offer made by Governor Jimmy Carter. The position had the lowest pay but the project sounded the most challenging. My husband was not materialistic, just interested in helping the environment, nature and the country. Of course I was not very pleased about moving to Georgia instead of going back to California or even to Paris where my father had offered to buy us an apartment. But we moved to Atlanta in 1973 and he started working at the GA Capitol. Below are two 1970s vintage postcards of Atlanta.
The Sprewell Bluff State Recreation Area. It is a peaceful and natural area, with wildflowers (like the endangered spider lily,) wildlife and a regular stop for migratory songbirds. It really is one of the most scenic rivers of Georgia. It is popular with fishermen, hikers, kayakers and white water rafters.
Alaska Trip - Denali National Park. Later, as my husband and I were driving to Plains where Jimmy Carter lives, I printed a copy of my blog post and mailed it to him. He replied and thanked me. This is also somewhere in the GA house. This is why I am trying to sort everything carefully. We visited the farm in Plains where Jimmy Carter grew up and I took many photos for a future post.
10 Year Blog Anniversary, I had mentioned that my husband's first cousin Lyle, now retired, had spent his career there as an epidemiology physician traveling and fighting diseases all over the planet. My daughter is also a physician and in addition has a Master's Degree in public health. In fact, in 2018 President Trump had ordered such drastic cuts to the global health section of the CDC that most of the staff had been laid off. He also closed the White House pandemic office (he needed to find the funds to build his great big beautiful wall.) The CDC new director is a Trump political appointee with little public health expertise. My daughter was worried that mistakes would be made and thought we were heading toward a national health crisis. I thought she exaggerated. Below is a photo of the entrance to the CDC and a photo of cousin Lyle (in center) being honored as the 2014 recipient of the Stephen B. Thacker Excellence Award.
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She had a very good and successful band in the UK in the 1930s and sold many records through the Woolworth's stores. I remember when I was in London as a teenager - there was a Woolworth's close
to my host family house. I had not seen those Woolworth's stores in Paris and I thought they were "smashing." I also remember going to change my Francs into Pound Sterling at the Foreign Exchange booth in Victoria Station. Then I'd go to Piccadilly Circus and have tea at Fortnum and Mason, or if money was tight, I'd have a cup of tea at Lyon's Corner House.
Note to Naomi's readers - This post took several days to write. Next post, I'll write about my latest conversation with Naomi.
Sunday, December 29, 2019
(サンタさん .) He said they also have a Japanese equivalent of Santa Claus. It is Hoteiosho, a Buddhist monk who gives presents to well behaved children on Christmas morning. (Later I found pictures.)
(サンタクロース ) in Japanese.)
Many people in the US might complain that is is not right for the Japanese to celebrate Christmas in a non-Christian way. Well, millions of people in the West celebrate Christmas in a non-religious way as well; they see it as a more cultural event than a religious one. It is really a winter festival that predates many faiths. It is about family, friendship, charity, gift giving, kindness, happiness and joy. Why can't it be shared? We share the earth, the sea, the rivers and mountains, the trees and wild animals, the sky, sun and stars, even a sunset (such as the one below on Christmas Day from my daughter's window,) so why can't we share a holiday if it makes everyone happy? It does not take away from those who celebrate it in a religious manner. We should all be able to share the Yuletide for peace and goodwill to all.
And since we are just a few days to the end of the year, I wish each of you a Happy and Prosperous New Year!