Monthly Archives: December 2015

Top Tier Universities

What is a top tier university? I recently read an editorial arguing that the admission of ill-prepared minority students to top tier universities is doing them a disservice because they often drop out before graduation when they would have thrived … Continue reading

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Wide-Angle Photo Distortion

“Keep Calm and Carry Buckets, Britain’s Parliament is Leaking,” by Jenny Gross. The Wall Street Journal, 11/12/2015. This posting is not about London’s Parliament building repairs, nor is it a criticism of Jenny Gross, the WSJ author who wrote the … Continue reading

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2001: A Space Odyssey and A Bicycle Built For Two

Here is how it went down: On Christmas morning, I was volunteering at Longwood Gardens in the Peirce–du Pont House with my Jewish buddy welcoming, as he says, all the Jews, Atheists, Buddhists, Hindus, Taoists and Zoroastrians out that morning. … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve Or Christmas Day?

I didn’t realize the change until I described our family’s Christmas traditions to a Jewish friend, but the fact is, Christmas Eve has evolved into the important part of the Christmas celebration, while Christmas Day has dwindled into an afterthought. … Continue reading

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Life Without Our Electronic Toys

“Dumb Stuff to Do Without Your Devices,” by Joe Queenan. The Wall Street Journal, 12/5/2015. I often read exhortations to eliminate all of my electronic devices to leave time for important stuff, like . . . uhh, . . . … Continue reading

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The Labyrinth at the Du Pont Family Church

Pierre du Pont, who built Longwood Gardens, once said his religion was a “non-practicing Episcopalian.” “Just like me,” I told my wife. “You were never an Episcopalian.” “You didn’t know it.  I non-practice lots of religions.” The early du Pont … Continue reading

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The Joy of Rereading

“Hello, Old Friend, Time To Read You Again,” by Christopher B. Nelson. The Wall Street Journal, 12/16/2015. A good book is very much like a mirror: The glass is the same year after year, but the reflection in it changes … Continue reading

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