Category Archives: Longwood Gardens

The Trouble With Volunteering — But Not At Longwood Gardens

The trouble with volunteering is that organizations are paying you nothing, so they often value your time as worth nothing—and treat you accordingly. When my wife first retired, she volunteered for data entry work in her church’s office, one day … Continue reading

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W. C. Fields Quote And the Peirce-du Pont House

     Women are like elephants;  I like to look at them, but I wouldn’t want to own one. —W. C. Fields I often use this quote as a volunteer at the Peirce–du Pont House at Longwood Gardens.  It always produces … Continue reading

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The Longwood Fountains

The years-long renovation of the famous Longwood Fountains is almost complete and will soon open to the public at the end of May.  Besides the fountains. the old pump house was made into a museum of the historic pump equipment, … Continue reading

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Living Like Pierre

“Who wants to be a millionaire (in 1916)?” by George Will.  His syndicated newspaper column, 5/7/2017. Visitors to the Peirce-du Pont House at Longwood Gardens almost always exclaim how beautiful it is.  Wouldn’t I like to live there? Well, no, … Continue reading

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Real People, Not Actors

If I were an actor, I would complain to my union, maybe even sue.  Many commercials this year, not just Chevy, show group interviews that begin with, “Real people, not actors!”  Actors are not real people?  Suppose they said, “Real … Continue reading

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Speaking English to Non-Natives

A recent online BBC article  ( lists several pointers when speaking with a non-native, even though they are fluent in English. I have taken this to heart because I talk with many visitors at Longwood Gardens whose first language is … Continue reading

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Death Valley

“Desert Bloom,” by Alex Ross. The New Yorker, 11/14/2016. What can be said about a stretch of desert so bleak, it was given the name Death Valley? Plenty, as shown by this New Yorker article. But keep in mind I … Continue reading

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