Monthly Archives: June 2015

German Paternosters

“In Escalating Battle, Germans Step Up for Doorless Elevators,” by Bertrand Benott. The Wall Street Journal, 6/26/2015. Paternosters are small continuously moving, open elevators that you just step onto. They move slowly enough for this to be possible, and are … Continue reading

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Just Throw It Away!

“For These Collectors, the Rarest Find Is Someone Who Wants Their Stuff,” by James R. Hagerty. The Wall Street Journal, 6/25/2015. Collectors of things like matchbooks, shoehorns, and pens, are now aging and cannot find anyone willing to take their … Continue reading

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Is My Husband . . . ?

What is the most frequent ending, by far, of Google searches for the question beginning: “Is my husband . . . ?” Depressed?  No. Having an affair?  Not even close. Satisfying my needs?  Too insignificant to mention. Gay?  Bingo! The … Continue reading

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Early Boardwalk Exercisers

I wake up with the sun, about 5 am this time of year (I make up for it in December). My newspapers are not delivered until 6:30, so I make the coffee, wake up my computer, and scan the boardwalk … Continue reading

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Shannon Welles and the “Oh, My” Grandma Buick Commercial

“Buick Commercial,” 5/2/2014, and “The Blogging Grandma Buick Commercial,” 4/8/2015. (This blog.)                 “My wife’s grandmother is 92 years young! She became a full-time actress at age 66 when she retired from teaching … Continue reading

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Schadenfreude Antonym

“Schadenfreude is in the Zeitgeist, but Is There an Opposite Term?” by Ben Cohen. The Wall Street Journal, 6/13/2015. Schadenfreude is one of my favorite words because of it’s meaning, certainly not from its spelling which trips me up every … Continue reading

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Old Schoolhouses and Segregation by Sex

This old schoolhouse outside of Somers Point, NJ, on Rt. 559 to May’s Landing, is typical of its era. The stone high above the doorway says, “Public School, 1907.” Their assumption of eternal permanence is striking. They made the schools … Continue reading

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