Monthly Archives: January 2017


“Survival Of the Richest,” by Evan Osnos. The New Yorker, 1/30/2017. What is a prepper? An old classmate of ours is one. A prepper is someone who expects an imminent disaster, natural or man-made, that will quickly result in a … Continue reading

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Pussy Hats

When I was in Philly last week, the same day as the Women’s March On Washington (the Philadelphia branch) I saw many knit hats, mostly in pink or red, with little cat ears. I just thought this was a popular … Continue reading

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“Visionaries: Epictetus,” by Elif Batuman. The New Yorker, 12/19/2016. My major at Penn State was chemistry, but much of what I remember was from the few non-technical electives that were required. I could select anything that sounded interesting, and I … Continue reading

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Philadelphia’s Women’s March On Washington

I took the SEPTA train into Philadelphia this past Saturday, January 21, not to join the march, but to examine the train steps. The steps going up into the train are steep, and my wife was having trouble climbing them … Continue reading

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The Continuing Legacy of John Raskob

“Comment,” by Harry Themal. The News-Journal, 1/15/2016. (Harry Themal is a long-time, respected journalist in the Wilmington, DE, area. He is now retired, but still contributes a weekly column.) John Raskob was hired just out of high school by Pierre … Continue reading

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The Seabrook Reunion, 2004

“My Father’s Cellar,” by John Seabrook.  The New Yorker, 1/23/2017. (NYer article titles often differ slightly in the digital and print editions.) My wife grew up in rural Seabrook, NJ, that had a sizable Japanese-American community. It is in the … Continue reading

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Baldness and Food Emulsifiers

I began my long-term employment with Atlas Chemical in Wilmington, DE, back in 1960. They manufactured “specialty chemicals,” that includes food emulsifiers, those products among the other mysterious ingredients listed in fine print on processed food labels. You can think … Continue reading

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