Monthly Archives: March 2015

What Today’s High School Students Know

“Frame of Reference” by John McPhee. The New Yorker, 3/9/2015. John McPhee, 84, one of my favorite New Yorker authors of nonfiction, is talking about writers using descriptions based on popular contemporary references that may be unknown to a significant … Continue reading

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Longwood’s Amazing Organ

“Pulling Out All the Stops” WHYY-TV, PBS, 3/22/2015. For years I ignored Longwood Garden’s display of their organ. I can barely play the radio, so why would I care about an organ?  When I finally did see it, I was … Continue reading

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Potpourri-2

A vivid memory of 70 years ago is the view of the changing traffic lights from the back seat of our family Oldsmobile as my father drove through Philadelphia to cross the Ben Franklin Bridge into New Jersey (known then … Continue reading

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Proofreader’s Marks

Years ago, as editor of a local monthly chemical society publication, I would mark corrections for each issue on galley proofs and return them to the printer by driving into Wilmington late at night on deserted streets. About a week … Continue reading

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Beatrix Potter’s Lesson On Economics

A recent column in The Wall Street Journal refers to a story published by Beatrix Potter in 1909 called “The Tale of Ginger and Pickles.” Ginger is a cat and Pickles a dog. Ginger and Pickles open a general store … Continue reading

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Longwood’s Belin the Cat Kidnapped (and Returned)!

Belin the Cat, one of Longwood Gardens’ most popular attractions, and some believe the reincarnation of Pierre du Pont himself, was kidnapped and returned. He usually hangs out at the Peirce-du Pont House.  (The cats at Longwood are all very … Continue reading

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Team Bacteria

“In the Gut: The Mix of Bacteria Can Affect Weight” by Melinda Beck. The Wall Street Journal, 11/18/2014. “On the Subway, Scientists Track the City’s Secret Life of Germs,” by Robert Lee Hotz.  The Wall Street Journal, 2/6/2015. A recent … Continue reading

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