Not My Two Cents

As most of us here at Pine Run are between 65 and Death, I offer these words to live by written by someone else. They appeared in Harry Newton’s daily blog called in “Search of the Perfect Investment”. In these days of fighting political parties, threats of war, guns in schools and all other horrors, I found it calming and insightful. I hope you will also. Let’s be good to ourselves as well others. (Editor’s note: This is a very abridged version of the original article.) Regardless of age, always keep love alive. Love your partner, love life, love your … Read on…

Our Loyal Eagles Fan!

Shirley Wunsch and her husband Al, sitting on a custom “Eagles Helmet Golf Car”. This picture was taken outside their Golf Car business in the late 70’s. Shirley has been a Philadelphia Eagles fan for quite some time. She attended Super Bowl XV in New Orleans, January 1981, when the Eagles lost to the Oakland Raiders. Tickets for the Super Bowl in 1981 were $40.00. Shirley waited 24 more years to watch Super Bowl XXXIX in Sydney, Australia when again her beloved Eagles lost to the New England Patriots in 2005. She will be rooting on her Eagles once more … Read on…

In the Run

We know a wonderful, loving, special man, who puts the needs of others before himself. That round container that collects food for the less fortunate in this community (it’s across from the concierge desk) is taken weekly to the Baptist Church Food Larder on Butler Avenue, New Britain, by our Villager of the Month of February, Bill Kurz. He has been doing this for 15 years! Bill likes Pine Run for its food both in the Cafe and at The Cottonwood. He loves looking out on Green Road, experiencing nature: the birds, deer, the lovely view and beautiful woods. We … Read on…

In the Run

Our villagers for the month of January, a very special couple, are Lola and Larry Glass. They love Pine Run and we love them. Both contribute their talents to Pine Run. Lola plays the organ at Sunday services and Larry has been Villager Board Treasurer for 18 of the 19 years they have lived here. Lola was born in Danville, PA. Her mom, Evangeline, taught elementary school and her dad, Earle, was an interior decorator and had a store in Danville. Lola had two sisters, Lorraine and Virginia. St. Peters, their family church, needed an organist and since 15-year-old Lola … Read on…

I Think I Can…I Think I Can

At first I couldn’t believe it. Yes I knew there was some risk. The doctor said, The lump in your throat has enlarged. Your thyroid will have to come out. I don’t think it’s malignant, but we can’t take a chance. I was scared, but I kept repeating to myself, “It’s not cancer and 90% of the patients are fine.” I have always been an optimist. Celebrated rainbows, snowflakes, the Spring, sounds of tree frogs. As a child my favorite book was The Little Engine That Could. I wanted to read again and again how against all odds, the little … Read on…

In the Run

A happy-go-lucky guy with a lovable dog. If you’re having a bad day, you instantly feel better in his company. If you’re discussing your aches and pains, you feel better after talking to him. He’s better than Aleve!! Our villager for the month of October is jovial Richard Michie. Richard was born and raised in a row home on North 18th Street in Philadelphia. Among his early recollections were of his dad, an air-raid warden, and the curtains being closed when the air-raid sirens sounded and to this day, remembers ration books. In the back of his house was an … Read on…

The Yellowwood Table

Text and photos by W.A. Harris In last month’s issue of the Voice, I described how Irv Thompson, assisted by Tom Swartz, was giving a new life to the Yellowwood Tree that was cut down from its years and years standing tall in the Yellowood Cluster. Holding up Irv’s work, was a defective switch operating the table saw. The switch had to be replaced. Well, the necessary part finally arrived and Irv was able to continue fashioning the various pieces that make up the table, such as the table legs and the tabletop as shown below. Then the pieces all … Read on…

Quilt HIstory

By Bobby & Walter Harris Photos by Walter Harris For the past 13 or so years, Bobby and I have been members of the Mercer Museum and we try to attend all of their opening receptions. Well, Friday, May 12, was no exception. The exhibit preview reception featured the Mary Schafer Collection: A legacy of Quilt History, and, Small Worlds: The Sharon Holloway Dollhouse and Miniatures Collection. To our pleasant surprise, Pine Run was a major exhibit sponsor. Barbara Chierici, Pine Run Sr. Director Sales and Marketing was there along with Villagers, Bill and Mary Lieser, Carole Scanlon, Carol Ann … Read on…

Gardening with Bob Jack

“June is bustin’ out all over…”. This song from Rogers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma”, doesn’t take much of your imagination to see how it might pertain to gardening. To assure “bustin’ out” in your beds and borders, get your hands on some organic plant food the first fine day in June and scatter it about your “bustin’ out” perennials and flowering shrubs and stand back and wait for the show! Here at Pine Run, we are particularly blessed to have some terrific plantings of hydrangea shrubs. These beds with their big “mophead” blooms are enough to take your breath away each … Read on…

A Sunday in War Time

I was so proud I had perfected my backflip over the back of our living room couch. It involved getting my mouth fixed just right, gathering momentum, doing a short run, digging my head and hands into the soft couch cushions, then flipping my legs up and over the hard back of the couch and crashing to the floor on the other side, then emerging to the applause of the handsome young men in their Air Force blue uniforms I was trying to impress. My mother was mortified. Here was her seven-year old daughter showing off her waving skinny legs … Read on…