Sparking memories

Rekindling memories is an easy first step to charging emotions for the purpose of writing. That is why Pine Run’s creative writing class always starts with discussion about family, history, hobbies, travels, and other rousing topics that promote a dynamic exchange of ideas. “Listening to others’ stories in the group has really helped me develop as a writer,” says artist Izzie Barth. “We bolster each other, and I find that writing as a creative outlet is almost as satisfying as painting, but it takes up less space. I’ve also learned an awful lot about the computer since joining the class.” … Read on…

Lola & Barbara First Grade

What are the chances that an elementary school teacher and her former student would be living in the same retirement community? It was recently discovered that Lola Glass of Chestnut Cluster was the first-grade teacher of Barbara Molesworth of Quince Cluster. Lola’s husband, Larry, met Barbara at a Pine Run “Keep on Learning” presentation about Doylestown’s Intelligencer reporter W. Lester Trauch. Larry and Barbara were both looking at a photo of the old Doylestown Public School – which was located at East Court and Broad Streets. Barbara said that she had gone to elementary school there and Larry said that … Read on…

Summer season highlight: A Newcomer Event in Larch Cluster

The bejeweled platters sparked a great party! Part of what makes Pine Run such an extraordinary community are the people who’ve chosen to make it their home. Neighbors delight in diverse conversations with peers who have journeyed colorful histories and still keep an enthusiasm for life. Casual parties and more formal gatherings of newcomers offer ample opportunities to engage in discussions that are both down to earth and uplifting. Pine Run’s culinary team loves to plan parties. Whether large or small, each event includes inventive elixirs and edibles made vibrant with color, texture, and delicious tastes! … Read on…

“Legacy” Tea Table Takes Residence in our New Community Center

Villager Irv Thompson, the creator of the gorgeous new table made from the wood of Pine Run’s felled Zelcova tree, describes his design: “The design for the tea table legs was inspired by a painting by artist Bill Smith. The painting was done as a single brush stroke depicting the female torso – from neck through lower back, around buttocks to upper leg and thigh – one stroke, never lifting the brush! Beautiful!” Our photos certainly depict how well suited this stunning artistic creation is to its lovely new home – located in the sitting area right inside the front … Read on…

Ginger – Our First Border Collie

My introduction to Border Collies began when my sister-in-law and her husband got a black and white one, Mac. I couldn’t believe how smart they were. At that time we had two other dogs, Barney and Sam. They were dogs that have stories behind them but intelligence – not much. Well, because Mac was such a handsome specimen, he was called upon for stud service and with that came the offer to my in-laws to pick a pup from the litter. The in-laws were not interested in having another dog but they asked if we wanted one. Well yes – … Read on…

Honor Tour Trip

On Monday, May 7th, 2018, several hundred Vietnam Veterans departed on the Bucks County Tour of Honor. They filled five large buses and departed from Parx Casino at 6AM. The group reached the World War II Memorial at 9:45AM in DC. Upon exiting the vehicles, they were surrounded by hordes of children of all ages who fought to thank them, congratulate them and shake their hands. The emotions of these kids were obvious, and no doubt reflected values learned at home regarding courage and love of country. The next stop was Arlington Cemetery and then the Air Force Memorial. The … Read on…

Manhattan Sail-Away

As the Sagafjord sailed from her pier Skyscrapers caught the sunset. Helicopters whirred. The lady of liberty glowed green then gold. Next to me on deck a young actor from the ship’s cast stood clenching his fist.   “I will star on Broadway,” he vowed.        “I WILL” The band played. City lights beckoned, luring like sultry sirens.      New York         … NEW YORK — by Kay Winters … Read on…

History and Development of Burpee’s Big Boy Tomato

I joined Burpee in 1954 and worked during the summer months with Jonathan Burpee harvesting Big Boy in a field near what is now Delaware Valley University (Del Val). Two men, Ovid Schifries, PHD and a geneticist, and Ted Torrey, farm manager and plant breeder working at Fordhook Farms in Doylestown, PA, developed Big Boy. They crossed a popular home garden variety with a large male tomato. They grew out the plants, made some selections, grew out and made more selections and then harvested the tomato. Then they grew them out again to make sure that the cross was fixed … Read on…

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…