Monthly Archives: September 2010

New Site!

“What’s going on?” you are no doubt wondering.  Last week, Microsoft informed me they were shutting down their blog site, and directed me to a system to transfer everything to this site.  I am still at the bottom of the … Continue reading

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Planting Trees

People our age do not usually plant trees, for obvious reasons.  At most, we will plant annual flower seedlings, and even those can take a big dose of optimism.  As the old joke goes, we don’t even buy green bananas … Continue reading

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Observations of a Waving Flag

I do have a scientific background, so, of course, when I am watching the waving flag from my window (see July 26 posting), I am thinking of the principles involved.  Before this, the only chance I had to really ponder … Continue reading

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News from Delaware

It isn’t often Delaware makes the national news, but the recent Republican primary did it.  So here is a local view from a somewhat detached observer.  My philosophy is to let the next generation decide what sort of government they … Continue reading

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Class of 1959

We have a new receptionist at the community center, a woman of about my age, and I asked her where she had lived before coming to Wilmington.  (This is a common question here.  Almost everyone in Delaware came from somewhere … Continue reading

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Depression Cartoon

A cartoon in the February 9, 1935, issue of the New Yorker shows a farmer standing at a counter while a man in a business suit  is talking to his boss in his office.  The clerk is saying, “A man … Continue reading

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Beckett’s Time Warp

In Samuel Beckett’s play Krapp’s Last Tape, the only character on stage is a lonely 69-year-old man who tape-records his thoughts on each of his birthdays.  He is listening to a recording from twenty years earlier where he is saying … Continue reading

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