Monthly Archives: November 2015

Campus Revolt All Over Again (Yawn!)

“Notable & Quotable: John Siber” The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 11, 2015. The recent turmoil at the University of Missouri with the president forced to resign and the football team threatening to strike reminds many of us of the campus … Continue reading

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A Historical Photo at Longwood Gardens

About a month ago, two elderly ladies (but still younger than me) came into the Peirce-du Pont House at Longwood Gardens and showed me a vintage photo stored on their phone of two teenage boys sitting on a stone wall … Continue reading

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Maureen O’Hara

Maureen O’Hara died recently and was buried in Arlington Cemetery, as she was entitled to, next to her husband, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles Blair. She was 95. She was born Maureen Fitzsimmons and was fellow classmate Ed Fitzsimmons’s … Continue reading

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Shaving, Barbasol, and the Art of Living Well

Shaving gets disproportionate space in this blog because a warm, wet shave in the quiet predawn hours is conducive to contemplation, plus it is often what I am doing just before writing a new post. (I use the same illustration … Continue reading

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Recording Your Voice For Posterity

When my parents first retired to Florida (that’s what retirees did in those days), long-distance phone connections were too expensive for idle chit-chat, so we kept in touch mostly by exchanging 3-inch reels of tape by mail. The tapes were … Continue reading

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The Muslim Majority

“Notable & Quotable,” The Wall Street Journal, 11/17/2015. Quote from historian Niall Ferguson, 11/2015. It is doubtless true to say that the overwhelming majority of Muslims in Europe are not violent. But it is also true that the majority hold … Continue reading

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Angie’s List

A while ago, my TV was flooded with ads for Angie’s List featuring a woman who was supposedly Angie herself. She looked too perfect to be real, and why, I wondered, would anyone rely on testimonials about local contractors that … Continue reading

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