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.

Sears

The first Sears store I was aware of, sometime in the 1940s, was east of 69th Street, near Millbourne. I only went there once. It had the reputation of carrying cheap work clothes, which I did not wear. It seems … Continue reading

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Puns

I’m not a big fan of puns, but here is a list of ten that I found in my diary for 4/25/2010. I have no idea where they came from, but I must have thought they were pretty good eight … Continue reading

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Gross TV Commercials

What is it with TV these days? Recently, I was watching a commercial that opened with a head shot of a woman, then a man, actually sitting on the John. Both were idly looking around, waiting for something to happen. … Continue reading

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Dementia

“The Memory House,” by Larissa MacFarquhar. The New Yorker, 10/8/2018. In my father’s final years, he sunk into dementia to such an extent that he had trouble swallowing, and all of his food had to be brought to the consistency … Continue reading

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My Changing Neighborhood

The neighborhood where I now live was once known for its homes of DuPont’s middle management—the managers and supervisors. Higher management, the directors, lived in more upscale neighborhoods. Top management, the presidents and vice-presidents, lived on their estates in the … Continue reading

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The Ringling Museum in Sarasota

If you think the Peirce-du Pont House at Longwood Gardens is impressive, you should see the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, FL. It, too, has a mansion, but with the pretentious name Cà D’Zan, which, they tell us, is Venetian slang … Continue reading

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The Tasmanian Tiger

“Paper Tiger,” by Brooke Jarvis. The New Yorker, 7/2/2018. This is one of the many New Yorker articles I planned to skip, but a quick glance, and I was hooked. But first, I had some background work to do. Tasmania, … Continue reading

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