What I did on my Christmas vacation

christmas_tree.jpgWell, it’s not over yet (thankfully), so this should really be in present tense.

What is perhaps most important, to me, is what I didn’t do this year — which is stumble through the long, hectic, progression of travel, last-minute shopping, shipping, sleeping on relatives’ beds or couches, packing, getting on the plane again, etc.  Instead we had (are having) what might superficially seem to be a boring holiday season. At home.  Just the three of us, mostly, quiet days, eating leftover turkey and cranberry sauce (of course we miss our other loved ones, so it’s a trade-off).  Tilling the spring garden plot on an unseasonably warm Christmas Eve. 

And reading.

progess.gifIt’s been heavenly. I get so little time to read these days.  OK, I am a geek.  Not only did I spend much of Christmas Day (and into the night) reading, I was reading about the end of the world. But it’s all good — I’m used to this kind of fare by now.  On the Big Day I devoured, in its entirety, Ronald Wright’s “A short history of progress“.  Which is not such a feat: only 132 pages of large-format text (not including notes) and a real page-turner.  Covers a lot of the same ground as Jared Diamond’s “

About Emmett Duffy

I am a Natural Patriot and an ecologist with expertise in biodiversity and its importance to human society. My day job is Professor of Marine Science at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
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3 Responses to What I did on my Christmas vacation

  1. John Feeney says:

    Emmett — Good luck with the Nordhaus and Shellenberger book. Based on things I’ve read about it, I haven’t been able to bring myself to pick it up. :-/ But I’m sure there’s something there of value, if only as an exercise in assessing flawed arguments. :)

  2. Emmett Duffy says:

    Yikes! I just discovered that the whole second half of his post has mysteriously disappeared, and I have no idea how it happened. Nor can I get it back. Clearly it was online when the comments above were written. Troubling.

  3. Dimitry says:

    Hi Duffy. Haven’t read this book, but I like books about catastrophes. Have you read book “Spores” by John Sims?