Monthly Archives: October 2011

Phillies Fans and the World Series

I have been learning baseball from my friend Jim for two years now.  I have learned to always refer to the Phillies as “we” or “us.” But I have not learned everything,  I had been rooting for the Cardinals in … Continue reading

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Old-Time Car Maintenance

A short comment in the previous posting reminded me of what was required to maintain my first cars.  I did it myself principally to save money, but also for convenience.  It was just easier to do it at home rather … Continue reading

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Venturesome Consumers

How many of you have an old Suzanne Somers ThighMaster hidden in the back of your closet?  Maybe you do not, but all of us have some unused gadget that once seemed indispensable for our well-being. Don’t be embarrassed by … Continue reading

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The Next Life: The Same Old Same-Old?

Playwright Eugene O’Neill attempted suicide by swallowing a handful of sleeping pills at the young age of 24.  He was discovered in time by his friends and was revived.  One story of the event quotes him as saying later: “It … Continue reading

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Military Funerals

Last week my sister-in-law was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.  She had retired as a Captain in the navy, so the ceremony befitting her rank was impressive with a horse-drawn caisson, a gun salute, folding the flag,  its presentation to … Continue reading

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Volunteering at Longwood Gardens

I frequently visit Longwood Gardens, sometimes as often as once a week in the spring and summer.  Each time I see something different and am always happy to be there.  Occasionally I take a book, find a secluded bench, and … Continue reading

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The Pleasure of Skipping the Tough Stuff

In a recent New Yorker article, author and art critic Adam Gopnik describes his efforts to learn to draw late in life.  He was never good at drawing, but now as an adult it seemed it would be easy to … Continue reading

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