Tuesday, October 24, 2017

In Case You Missed It...

Photos by Salt Water New England
In little more than a dozen years, Princeton University tripled the share of freshmen who qualify for federal Pell Grants to 22 percent this fall. The grants, targeting students from low-to-moderate-income families with significant financial need, are a key indicator of economic diversity. The Ivy League school’s transformation reflects mounting pressure on top colleges, public and private, to provide more opportunity to communities where poverty is common and college degrees scarce.

The concept of decluttering before you die, a process called “dostadning,” is part of Swedish culture. (It comes from the Swedish words for death and cleaning.) ... “My parents and their friends are death cleaning, and we all kind of joke about it,” Olofsdotter says. “It’s almost like a biological thing to do.” Olofsdotter says part of Swedish culture is living independently and never being a burden to anyone. How you keep your home is a statement of that.

How to ruin dinner -  When the ostentatious table setting is the most interesting thing about your dinner party, you know you’re in trouble

To be sure, the “Trump bump” has existed across all age groups—the New Yorker reports 100 percent year-over-year increases in new subscribers for every demographic—but, in the Reuters Institute study, the millennial age brackets grew at a rate three times greater than any others, and no other age group boasted as high a percentage of people paying for news online.

Questions have been directed at me regarding the intra-home sharing of flannel shirts. Specifically, when a person takes a plaid flannel shirt from another person in the same home, can it be considered theft?   It can never be considered theft if the wife takes it from a husband. 

The idea of growing seafood, or aquaculture, is a new concept for this tiny fishing village in the town of Gouldsboro, population 1,700, in Downeast Maine. It is still a place where, as the writer Louise Dickinson Rich put it in 1958, “nothing — not the fall of governments or birth of kings or the discovery of new galaxies — is of so much importance and interest as the question of whether the boats will be able to go out today, and whether the lobsters will be crawling and the herring shoaling.”

Jim Ratcliffe declared his intention to build “a spiritual successor” to the Land Rover Defender, the famed vehicle of safaris and exploration. 

Marian Cannon Schlesinger, a droll and high-spirited protofeminist artist, writer and eyewitness to history in the Kennedy White House as the first wife of the president’s resident intellectual, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., died on Saturday at her home in Cambridge, Mass. She was 105.


  1. Goodness, so much to talk about!

    For some curious reason, decluttering has been a topic at our house since my wife retired. And we noticed the article about Swedish Death Cleaning, since the Post is our hometown paper.

    On Land-Rovers: I have been a Rover enthusiast for the last 50 years, having owned two sedans and a 1965 Land-Rover. They were all wonderful but it seems that I got my wishes out of the way early on. The 2000TC was troublesome but I still got a hundred thousand miles out of it. There are still Jeeps, however, but I never had one.

    Louise Dickenson Rich was an interesting writer from a different era. One of my wife's relatives by marriage met her son. The Rich family apparently lived deep in the woods, though just over the border from Massachusetts, at a time her world was peopled with very interesting characters.

    There are two Princeton graduates in the family but that doesn't include me. So I'll pass on that one. I did graduate from Princeton High School, however, in Princeton, West Virginia, which was for some unknown reason named after the place in New Jersey, or so they say.

  2. These "in case you missed it" sections are wonderful aggregations of interesting content. Thank you.

  3. I am glad to have read about Marian Cannon Schlesinger. In the periodic look back to the 60s and the Kennedy era, one rarely hears about the other wives involved in Camelot. They have been discreet, but it does fill out the picture of a brief period of history that continues to resonate. Mrs Schlesinger was a fascinating person in herself; she would have had to be.

  4. Takinh of relatives flannel shirts is not theft if said flannel resides in the home. It is rude. If, however, you take Grandmother’s flannel...it is always outright stealing!

  5. The de-cluttering is something we are starting. I retired from teaching and slowly tossed 30+ years of teaching. My wife retires next year, actually will go to half-time. Our son lives in China and we seriously are looking at liquidating everything and moving to Thailand, or The Phillipines, or or Taiwan....especially if my son and his wife, who is a Chinese National start giving us grandchildren. I look at our " stuff" and go, " Why do we need this?"
    I am sure most will wind up with the Salvation Army or Goodwill or the Episcopal Thrift Shoppe as donations.

  6. These posts are becoming my very close second favorites to "out and about ". You really have a gift for blogging.

  7. Lots of interesting tidbits here but wrt to the Tatler article, while I don't see the overblown table settings, I have gone to lots and lots of average weekend dinner parties with caterers!

    We live deep in Silicon Valley right now but grew up in the East (Westchester County, NY) and summer in New England. It is different out here! It's lovely that no host or guest has to do any of the work but it's very different and what's wrong w/ putting in the effort of a full lovely dinner party? We cook for friends here and there and I hope they enjoy the effort and sincerity of it.

    Most folks out here are generous in lots of different ways, with their hearts in the right place. I guess they're just not old fashioned that's all!

    Just my two cents :) Cheers everyone!

  8. FYI: That is FitzRandolf Gate. The main gate to Princeton. Considered bad luck to walk under without diploma in hand. A tradition that 80% of the students today adhere to yet today.
    The gate sits in front of Nassau Hall which was constructed by money donated by the FitzRandolf family. At the time of completion it was the largest brick structure in North America. It served as the US Capitol under Washington and has burned twice in it's history.
    Behind Nassau Hall sits Cannon Green where the cannons are still buried.
    The front lawn of Nassau is where graduation is held and students march our of FitzRandolph with a great future in store.
    And yes. It's the most beautiful of all the Ivies.

  9. Love, love, love all these. Thank you! I think I did miss most of them.

  10. It is my understanding that the impressive FitzRandolph Gate to Princeton was set as permanently open in 1970, the symbolism being that all are welcome to enter; this is not an exclusive place.

    1. It was the Class of 1970 who "in a symbol of the University's openness to the local and worldwide community," ensured upon their graduation that the FitzRandolph Gate would always remain open to the town and the world beyond it. Their class motto, "Together for Community," is inscribed in the east pillar of the gateway, as is a peace symbol in the zero of 1970.