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The Red Hat Ladies

You may not know of the Red Hat Society but must have seen them. It is an organization of women over 50 who get together for pure entertainment and comradery. They go to lunch and a show, or a museum, … Continue reading

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A Perfect Christmas Morning at Longwood

At home, there has always been a gap in the Christmas Day activities between mid-morning, after everyone has exchanged presents and has had breakfast, and late afternoon as relatives began to gather for Christmas dinner.  Over the years, more activities—church … Continue reading

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Where Are the Delawareans?

Longwood Gardens, where my wife and I volunteer, is in Pennsylvania, but just over the border from Delaware.  I thought I would see many Delaware friends and neighbors there, but, no, they are rare.  For every visitor from Delaware, I … Continue reading

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Longwood Gardens’ Sunflowers Redux

The posting of January 25, 2011, describes how Longwood Gardens management was surprised by the popularity of a field of sunflowers grown on adjoining land owned by them, but leased to a farmer who usually grew corn.  In 2010, the farmer … Continue reading

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Conversations With Old People

Last week as a Longwood Gardens volunteer, I was talking with a pretty, perky girl I would guess was in her early 30s.  She, too, writes a blog but is also an associate editor for a regional magazine, so she … Continue reading

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The Three du Pont Cousins—How They Bought DuPont and How Pierre Took Control

The Cousins.  The three du Pont cousins were childhood friends, but unlikely business partners, as different as any three people could be.  The oldest, Thomas Coleman du Pont, who went by his middle name, was a big, athletic man—a loud, … Continue reading

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Old Houses

Just off the public areas of Longwood Gardens is Red Lion Row, a street of housing originally constructed for the Longwood workers in the early 1900s and meticulously maintained ever since.  This one had features that instantly produced a flash … Continue reading

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