Christmas 2014


I’m re-blogging this timely post from Montaigbakhtinian’s always thoughtful blog, where I just left the following comment: “My own mother died in 1993, my father in 1986, and my sons and grandchildren are living far from where I live or are spending the Christmas week elsewhere. This piece therefore so closely mirrors my feelings about the so-called “holiday” season in America that I’m reblogging it today on “The Getting Old Blog.” Thank you for writing it. We should be glad that at least we both have someone to hold hands with on the living room sofa in the evenings preceding the Big Day. As you point out in your comment about lonely ends, some people don’t even have that. I wish you a better 2015 than 2014 has been for you.” And I wish all readers and followers of TGOB a warm and quiet holiday with at least one someone they love.


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It is often, if not always the case that an intellectual, if he is honest and dogged enough, will be able to discover the not necessarily warm and fuzzy personal experiences and feelings underlying his theories and empirical observations. And he or she may have to decide either to ignore this personal stuff or to not be ashamed of it and find places for it in the text. The latter approach could also involve throwing out the theories and data altogether, but, you might say, I would have my cake and eat it too.

All this to tiptoe up to my experiences-theory of the present Christmas season. Early in December this year I noticed—and found that I was noticing—how the garbage area of my apartment building was already filling daily with empty cardboard boxes—the former containers of electronic devices, cooking utensils, children’s toys. And…

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4 thoughts on “Christmas 2014

    • You’re very welcome indeed. Judging by the “likes,” his blog has a readership entirely different than mine. No overlap at all. So I had no idea how reposting his thoughts would play on TGOB. I’m therefore happy you appreciate his perceptions of how many of us have been feeling. I should thank *you*….

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    • You’re very welcome. William Eaton, the man behind the infrequent pieces on “Montaigbakhtinian,” is an extremely thoughtful — one might say sometimes profound — writer with an occasionally wry turn of mind and phrase. You might also enjoy further exploring his blog.


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