Monthly Archives: March 2016

What’s This Pole Thingy For?

Okay, classmates, we have all seen this many times, but what’s it for? I found this nicely shaped wooden pole with a brass end in the corner of a closet at the Peirce–du Pont House at Longwood Gardens. I know … Continue reading

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Early Nonsense Songs

Sometimes I don’t understand my brain. Often, actually. Today, for no reason, I woke up with the nonsense song, Chickery Chick, in my head, one of the first popular songs I remember. The lyrics go: Chickery chick, cha-la, cha-la Check-a-la … Continue reading

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Yo, Bro!

“It’s the Sweet 16 of ‘Bro’ Campuses” by Andrew Beaton. The Wall Street Journal, 3/24/2016. More and more I find myself reading the sports page for the high quality of writing and to keep up with popular culture that has … Continue reading

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Champion Trees

“Tree Hunters Go Out on a Limb to Topple Records,” by Kat Long. The Wall Street Journal, 3/18/2016. Back in 1940, a lumber-company employee, Joseph E. Stearns, urged forest lovers—professionals, retirees, housewives, anyone—to find the largest American tree of each … Continue reading

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Nudist Nomenclature

“Body Politic Rebuffs French Island’ Nudist Past,” by Noemie Bisserbe. The Wall Street Journal, 3/11/2016. Ile du Levant is a small French island in the Mediterranean where nudity has had a long tradition and acceptance—everywhere except in the town square. … Continue reading

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Tikkum Olam

“Sanders and the Jewish Identity,” by Charles Krauthammer. The Wilmington (DE) News-Journal, 3/12/2016. This syndicated columnist is writing about Bernie Sanders’s Judaism, but this posting is nothing about Bernie.  Like you, I have heard enough politics. The article introduced me … Continue reading

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Exploding Wisteria Pods

Wisteria can be seen in several places at Longwood Gardens, and visitors often comment on these growing along the outside conservatory balcony of the Peirce–du Pont House. The blooms are spectacular, but they appear early in spring and only last … Continue reading

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