Monthly Archives: August 2014

The Lock Haven Murder of Don Walden

Don Walden, a fellow chemistry major at Penn State from 1954 to 1958, was my close friend.  Our class had less than twenty chemistry majors, and our friendship was inevitable.  Placement in classrooms, labs, and lecture halls was always alphabetically … Continue reading

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The Motley Crew Defined

“Motley Crew at the Helm” by Michael Fathers. A review of the book, “Outlaws of the Atlantic” by Marcus Rediker. The Wall Street Journal, 8/22/2014. One of the main uses I found for my Nexus tablet is the dictionary app … Continue reading

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Dozing Off at the Movies

“At the Movies: Fully Reclining Seats” by Erich Schwartzel. The Wall Street Journal, 7/7/2014. AMC Entertainment, the second largest movie chain, is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to refit many theaters with fully-reclining, La-Z-Boy-type seats. This comes as a … Continue reading

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Qajaqing on the Brandywine

Maybe I am getting older. The summer is almost over and I have not taken my qajaq out at all. I have not even put my qajaq rack on my pickup truck. How could I qajaq on the Brandywine without … Continue reading

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Penny Marshall on Lauren Bacall

Quote of the Day: Penny Marshall, actress/director, was ruminating about mortality and her own treatment for lung cancer in 2009 when she was 63. “Lauren Bacall dying. Okay, she was 89—I want to be dead at 89. That’s enough. But … Continue reading

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Cursing Joe Biden

“The Biden Agenda” By Evan Osnos. The New Yorker, 7/28/2014 Here in Delaware, we have all known Joe Biden for many years, and our ratio of fans and detractors pretty much match that of the nation’s. We have no special … Continue reading

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See You at Longwood (Maybe)

Earlier this year, classmate Wayne Kressley surprised me with his greeting while I was volunteering at Longwood Gardens. (Check out his photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/waynefromwayne.  When he created the account, he was living in Wayne, PA.) If you are at Longwood, … Continue reading

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