Monthly Archives: October 2013

Crullers

What is a cruller?  Growing up in East Lansdowne, my grandparents lived nearby on the next block, and I would often walk to their house on  Saturday mornings when they were having a late breakfast.  They would give me a … Continue reading

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Ice & Coal Companies

I was talking to a woman with the surname “Kunkel” which reminded me of a familiar company of my childhood, Kunkel Ice & Coal, which led to thinking about ice & coal companies in general.  There were a lot of … Continue reading

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Rainy Days at Longwood Gardens

I especially enjoy rainy days volunteering at Longwood Gardens.  The pace is noticeably slower and conversations more intimate.  The visitors are fewer, and we have time to leisurely discuss the history of the house, the Gardens, and the du Pont … Continue reading

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Battle of Agincourt Joke

I just picked up a historical novel on the Battle of Agincourt, a famous medieval battle where English archers, all commoners and plow boys, defeated the aristocratic French knights in  shining armor, ending the great era of knighthood and military … Continue reading

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Cross Country Running

Five years ago, quite by accident, I found myself at the Salesianum Invitational Cross Country Meet at Brandywine Creek State Park.  The park is a pretty park, ideal for spur-of-the-moment walks or longer afternoon hikes.   It is a popular … Continue reading

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Where Are the Delawareans?

Longwood Gardens, where my wife and I volunteer, is in Pennsylvania, but just over the border from Delaware.  I thought I would see many Delaware friends and neighbors there, but, no, they are rare.  For every visitor from Delaware, I … Continue reading

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Returning to Rabbit-ears TV

I thought it would be nice to have a TV in the bedroom just to get the local news and weather while getting dressed in the morning, and maybe briefly again at night, but that minor convenience was never worth … Continue reading

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