Author Archives: Roger Walck

About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.

Air Conditioning At Longwood Gardens

Early last summer, Longwood management began using the library in the Peirce–du Pont House for business meetings, but I thought no business person is going to sit through a meeting in a room  with no air conditioning once the weather … Continue reading

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Memories and How Our Brains Mature

“The Terrible Teens,” by Elizabeth Kolbert. The New Yorker, 8/31/2015. Just as we have always suspected, teenage brains are defective. Mine certainly was, as those of you who knew me in high school are well aware. One example is our … Continue reading

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Ladies’ Glasses

I am wearing ladies’ glasses, but they are reading glasses I got off the rack at the dollar store, so, at worst, I am only out $1. (For only $1 each, I have several scattered about the house at opportunistic … Continue reading

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The Blessing Of Death

“The Time Of Your Life,” by James Wood. The New Yorker, 5/20/2019. If you took Miss Cook’s Latin class in high school, you may remember the Roman scholar, Pliny the Elder. (Pliny the Younger, also well-known, was his nephew.) Pliny … Continue reading

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Spear Carriers

For many years, I worked with a guy with a real talent for creating phrases. One example was, “spear carrier.” This was when we were invited to a meeting with an important visitor (Since we were a subsidiary of a … Continue reading

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Window Repair

My house is about fifty years old and some of the windows are deteriorating.  I thought I would just get new windows installed until I learned the price, and, I just did not like the look of the new windows.  … Continue reading

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Keeping Your Social Security Number Secure

You can’t, so forget it. We’ve been around too long, long before anyone thought social security numbers should be kept secret. Surely, our name and social security number already appear together on some digital list after all these years. I … Continue reading

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