Opinion Archive

Let’s Grow!
Enchanted woods is a fantasy garden

Regular readers of this column already know about our planned Philadelphia Garden Tour, and most people have heard of the tour centerpiece, Longwood Gardens. Fewer gardeners know about the nearby Winterthur Museum and Gardens in Wilmington, Delaware. Like Longwood, this fantastic estate was built by the DuPont family a century ago, but Winterthur couldn’t be [ Read More ]

When I fall in love, I will fall in love forever

Regular readers are well acquainted with the antics that sometimes (make that often) get me into trouble with my wife, Yvonne; like rearranging the kitchen cabinets to help her be more organized, to name just one example. Some wonder how in the world she has managed to put up with me for all these years [ Read More ]

Reaction to the Obamacare court ruling

“The United States Supreme Court finds Obamacare unconstitutional! In the majority opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, after a 5-4 vote, the Court rules against President Obama’s Health Care Law…” This is generally the words used across the broadcast channels initially following the release of the landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court on [ Read More ]

Fighting for Ohio’s farms

There’s a lot that farmers can plan for: the type of crops to grow, how much acreage those crops will cover, and when to pick those crops. But this year, a widespread drought has left many Ohio farmers with an unplanned disaster: fields dry as a bone and minimal yields. According the United States Department [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
‘You Don’t Want to Know’ is a mystery for a summer diversion

The skeleton in your family closet has been there since before you were born. Its knee bone’s connected to a distance uncle who ran an illicit business. The arm bone’s connected to a cousin, twice removed, who was known to tipple. An ankle bone’s connected to a twice-great-grandmother, six times married. And the shoulder bone’s [ Read More ]

Let’s Grow!
Gardening on a private estate in New Jersey

I once worked as a groundskeeper on an estate near Princeton, New Jersey owned by J. Seward Johnson, one of the founders of consumer product giant Johnson & Johnson. I was one of perhaps 20 full-time groundskeepers on the estate. At the time, Johnson was 84 years old, spry and enthusiastic, proud owner of many [ Read More ]

Sometimes you have to revise your bucket list

You may recall a column from a few years ago titled, “What’s on your bucket list.” In that column, inspired by the 2007 movie, “The Bucket List,” starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, I listed a number of things I hoped to accomplish during my bucket list years, also known as retirement. Now, only eight [ Read More ]

On the spirit of eligibility

“No person except a natural-born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of the Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of the President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen [ Read More ]

Stopping the Washington, D.C shutdown games

Washington must change its spending-as-usual habit. The federal government is already $16 trillion in debt, and is borrowing an additional $4 billion every day. Future generations will be on the hook for this enormous debt. We can all agree that burying our children and grandchildren in a mountain of debt is not fair. But in [ Read More ]

The Bookworm Sez
Time to get the kids outside

Your Mom is awfully tired of you. She’s tired of you running up and down stairs, in and out doors, from kitchen to bedroom. She’s tired of your noise from video games, talky toys, TV shows, and electronics. Most of all, she’s very, very tired of you saying that you’re bored. But it’s true: you’re [ Read More ]

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