Before I begin with events in 2011, I need to mention two memorable locations from 2010: the lock on the Thames at Iffley (Oxford), and in Texas, Natural Bridge Caverns. The lock and its rollers, which offers boat persons a way to ascend or descend the river sedately, is a favorite of strollers (including me); the Caverns, discovered in 1960, offer strollers an insight into how a cave grows, as its formations are still living, still growing ever since it began to develop roughly 20 million years ago. One of the largest caverns in Texas, only its first half mile has been rendered easily accessible by the non-spelunking public. Both are well worth visiting:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iffley_Lock and http://www.naturalbridgecaverns.com/
During January’s last third I was at Vaidyagrama (http://www.vaidyagrama.com/) in good company, particularly that of Dr. Claudia Welch and Dr. Jim Ventresca. During my time there I and several of the staff physicians enjoyed some hours of instruction in pain-relieving techniques (including acupuncture, cupping, and gua sha) at the capable hands of Dr. Jim, who specializes in such trainings:https://www.acupracticeseminars.com/
It was a pleasure during January to do little other than receive massage, visit with friends, and read books, among them The Malloreon (a sequel to The Belgariad); Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymous Bosch (Henry Miller’s musings on his life at Big Sur); and The Ascent of Money, by Niall Ferguson. My cousin Bill Atkins, himself an MBA, passed his copy of this last volume on to me; it is as well worth a read as Inside Job is worth a view (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1645089/). The more people who discover what is really going on in our financial system, the greater the possibility that something can be done to rectify that situation before a true catastrophe ensues.