Monthly Archives: October 2014

Trolley Tracks and Pierre du Pont’s Early Career

There have been several Pierre Samuel du Ponts, all with the exact same name. The one I am talking about is the creator of Longwood Gardens, and the time is the late 19th century. “Creator” is the proper word. He … Continue reading

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The Second Sleep

The posting of 5/3/2009, Sleep, discussed the theory that before electric lighting, people went to bed early after it got dark but got up again in the middle of the night for an hour or so. This pattern of dividing … Continue reading

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Planespotting Update

Following up on the posting of March 14, 2014, Planespotting With Flight Tracker Software, the temporary routing of incoming planes over our house on their way to the Philadelphia Airport was rare this summer. It’s the old law of nature: … Continue reading

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Pierre du Pont’s Longwood Home

When we began volunteering at Longwood Gardens we were told that the Longwood house was only Pierre du Pont’s weekend getaway, his country retreat. His real home, his legal residence, was the top floor of the Hotel du Pont where … Continue reading

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The Short Life of Lansdowne-Aldan High School

Our student council president Fred Weinstein tells me he recently met a woman who said she was in the last graduating class of Lansdowne-Aldan High School before the name changed to Penn Woods.  Since we were the first under that … Continue reading

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TV by Antenna Update

Update of Returning to Rabbit Ears TV, posted October 14, 2013. A few weeks ago, I noticed my son and his family, who live about 10 miles away, use a flat, amplified TV antenna for the occasionally used TV in … Continue reading

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The Red Hat Ladies

You may not know of the Red Hat Society but must have seen them. It is an organization of women over 50 who get together for pure entertainment and comradery. They go to lunch and a show, or a museum, … Continue reading

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