Monthly Archives: April 2014

Shelfies and Me

The previous posting on shelfies lists items that have become clichés. That they are so common tells us a lot about how many of us want to be seen by others and even how we would like to see ourselves.  … Continue reading

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Shelfies

“Me, My Shelfie, and I” by Dale Hrabi. The Wall Street Journal, 4/26/2014 Okay, we just became familiar with “selfies” (see posting of 9/26/2013, Selfies), so what now is a “shelfie?” A “shelfie” is a photo of a few of … Continue reading

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Where Did I Put . . .?

“Why We Keep Losing Our Keys” by Sumathi Reddy, the Wall Street Journal, 4/15/2014 Losing things is nothing new for me. My mother’s frequent expression was, “It’ll turn up when you’re not even looking for it.” My grandmother’s expression was, … Continue reading

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The History of the Peirce-du Pont House at Longwood Gardens

I greet the visitors as they step into the House, and give them a brief summary of what they are seeing.  The House is also known as the Mansion, but Pierre du Pont’s tastes were modest, and “Mansion” seems pretentious … Continue reading

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Conscious Uncoupling

I love words, learning all of their subtle nuisances of meaning. Sometimes they burst on the scene like a Roman candle flashing in the night sky, and fade just as quickly. I suspect “conscious uncoupling” may be one of those, … Continue reading

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“Between” Korean Website

“The Love App” by Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, November 28, 2013. (To understand this posting, forget “Between” as a preposition and think of it as a noun or verb.) Korea is way ahead of us in Internet use and … Continue reading

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Shrinking With Age

About a year ago, my longtime friend and classmate, Leon West, mentioned that he knew he was shrinking because he began wearing a shorter pants length. I let it pass, but I did not think it made sense. Leg bones … Continue reading

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