Butch made a run to the Farmer’s Market out by the main gate early today. His bounty was glazed and strawberry-filled doughnuts…made by an Amish lady. We are still full from last night, but we plunge ahead into the new day’s offerings.
After the church service, we meandered over to the long line at the Starbucks kiosk on the main plaza….it’s a patience game, but fun waiting in line together.
Today is Fareed Zakaria day…he’s really the “headliner” for our week. You may remember the week’s theme – Pushing our Bodies to their Limits – so we don’t know what a political commentator like Fareed will say. We heard him two years ago when the theme was, “The Global Public Square” and he was the host of a TV show of the same name. So, that made perfect sense.
Fareed was an outstanding speaker today. He did start with some of his comments on the political scene…his show is now on CNN. He had some funny stuff to say about both major candidates and is astonished by the strangeness of Trump’s approach to politics.
But, he was really eager to explain his understanding of the new world order, caused by the explosion of technology and emergence of global markets. He is concerned about job displacement short-term, but very hopeful about newly created opportunities for humans to become workers in multiple careers (some being pursued at the same time) that relate more to people’s passions and strengths than by family history and that 40 year working career where you go to the same place every day to do similar activities.
Tom Decker is the retiring president of the Chautauqua Institution and handles questions for the top speakers. He is going to be missed.
For lunch, we had a return engagement to the diner, just outside the grounds and enjoyed some simple fare.
The afternoon speaker in the Hall of Philosophy is J Hughes, discussing “Transcending the Limits of our Humanity”. We may never come back from that, if we really embrace the concept…we’ll see. Well…No photos; no coverage; no good.
Craig and Susan Scott (whose condo we have praised earlier) are having a big dinner tonight and our house is invited. Other notables from Sanibel/Captiva will be there as well as Tibor, Susan’s latest dance contest partner, and Craig’s yoga instructor, who we have enjoyed meeting before.
They are on the 2nd floor of a 3-story Victorian restoration…doesn’t this look so welcoming; up those winding stairs? Look at the details of the porch and the handmade flags.