Category Archives: History

The Surprising Decline of Crime

“After the Fall,” by Adam Gopnik. The New Yorker, 2/12 & 19/2018. A major social change has occurred in the past roughly 30 years, but it has gone almost unnoticed. It has been called “the great crime decline.” Violent crime … Continue reading

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Bumps On Your Keyboard

I bet you never noticed. I didn’t. Your keyboard has tiny hyphen-shaped bumps molded on the bottom of your F and J keys. They are to help position your fingers properly by feel, without having to look down. But I … Continue reading

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The Eagles Frenzy Is Over

The Eagles won the Super Bowl and had their parade down Broad Street and up the Parkway, ending at Eakins Oval in front of the Art Museum. (The Parkway and Art Museum, a beautiful area away from center-city congestion, is … Continue reading

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Flemish Bond Brickwork

Flemish bond is the arrangement of bricks on the Peirce–du Pont house at Longwood Gardens. A wall is formed of two bricks laid side-by-side (stretchers) and a brick laid lengthwise (header) on either end to tie the first two together. … Continue reading

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Christmas Won

“Christmas Stories,” by Adam Gopnik. The New Yorker (“The Talk Of the Town”) 1/1/2018. I didn’t hear much controversy about Christmas this year, but that could just be me. Usually, people complain about the shorthand “Xmas,” and the custom of … Continue reading

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Knowing Everything

“Know It All,” by Kathryn Schulz. The New Yorker, 10/16/2017. Kathryn Schulz has become one of my favorite authors.  I have written about her before. The Oxford University Press publishes a unique series of books called the “Very Short Introduction” … Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve At Ocean City and On the Chester Ferry

Many years ago, Jerry Jerome and his wife were living in Ocean City, and my wife and I were at their house for a New Year’s Eve party. After midnight, I walked alone to the beach and boardwalk. I walked … Continue reading

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