Friday, July 20, 2018

Naturally American

Independence Day 2018 Philadelphia, PA

As part of the Wawa Welcome America Celebration

Flaghouse Chapter NSDAR sponsored a 
Children's Naturalization Ceremony at the Betsy Ross House

It was a sweltering afternoon in Philadelphia, July 4, 2018 and with "immigration" being such a "hot topic" I did not want to miss such a relevant occasion.

I always like to arrive early for things before all the pomp and circumstance. It is interesting to watch an event unfold. Especially an event I knew so little about. There appeared to be a line and a sign up table, a red carnation signified the VIP's

This family that was being interviewed were no doubt dressed to impress. The mom wore this beautiful peach long lace dress with a color to match her daughters dresses exactly, it clearly identified the family as a unit and made me wonder if the mom had made the dresses herself. They were a standout attractive family also wearing proud smiles.

Always learning something new, this day I learned of the Sea Scouts, a branch of the BSA. These guys do their training in the Delaware River and were fine representatives of the organization that participated in the ceremony. I enjoyed speaking with them and learning about their organization.

I applauded their flag unfolding skills and their friendly nature.

The pageantry began  with descendants of the Revolutionary War carrying the United States flag.

 The families had already taken their seats, with the children participating in the ceremony sitting in the front row.

The children were asked to rise their right hand to take the Oath of Allegiance. I never took the oath, did you? So it was interesting to hear the words, mostly I remember they must denounce the leader of their former country and pledge to serve their country if called to duty. Here is a link to the oath in its entirety. It is a pretty big deal.

These children automatically became citizens when their parents became citizens, many just weeks or a few months before. This was a ceremony exclusively for the children who were to receive their own certificate. It has become a Philadelphia tradition to choose 13 children, representing the original 13 colonies who recently became citizens through their parents hard work taking the proper path to become a U.S. citizen. I have heard it is not an easy task to complete. Try taking the practice test yourself. We who have been born here many times take the honor to be citizens for granted. Many of our ancestors had to go through the naturalization process.

This is who we are, this is the face of an American. These children came from seven different countries, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Vietnam, Pakistan and India. Now they are American citizens.

Mayor Kenney spoke to the children and the words he used that resonated with me were, "You are welcome here and I don't want you to ever feel that you are not." The children may not have felt the passion in those words but the adults in the crowd sure did. It was not a political statement it was a personal one.

It was a small crowd but a huge moment in America and America's history. I was honored to witness my first Naturalization Ceremony.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Upcoming Weekend Events July 20 -22

July 20 through August 19 Play at The Oval+:  The Oval+ will reopen on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, with an all-new installation centered at Eakins Oval and continuing down the Parkway. Designed for multi-generational play, new features will include a water mister, ribbon garden, and giant sandbox in addition to family favorite games like mini-golf. From Wednesday to Sunday each week, The Oval+ will bring back the beer garden, food trucks, and free, themed programming for “Wellness Wednesdays,” “Arts and Culture Thursdays,” “Friday Food and Flicks,” “Game Day Saturdays,” and “Sunday Family Fundays.”  Visit

July 20 Penn Wood Class of 2018 Art Show opens at 20*20 House Gallery 6 - 8 p.m. located at 20 Lansdowne Court in Lansdowne. The display will feature oil paintings, ceramics, drawings and sculpture and will be open to the public free of charge through Aug. 12 on Sat. and Sun. 12 - 4 p.m.

July 20 Upper Darby/Sellers Free Public Library will host a Hit the Roof music concert 7 p.m. Register online at

July 20 Star Wars: A New Hope at the Mann Music Center The movie will be projected on three screens while The Philadelphia Orchestra plays the soundtrack LIVE. Tickets $25 - $102 Doors open at 6 p.m. Showtime: 7:30 p..

July 21 - 22 Learn to Fly a Drone class at DCCC, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Marple Campus 901 Media Line Road in Media. mire info at training. 

July 21 Newlin Grist Mill Public Archaeology 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. free, all ages welcome.

July 21 Aston Public Library welcomes librarian and genealogical researcher Barbara Selletti at 11 a.m.

July 21 Food Truck Frenzy at Linvilla 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. You say food, I say where! Is that a problem? 👀 Many other fun things to also do at Linvilla in such a family fun atmosphere. I would not go home without the Apple Cider Donuts either, but maybe that is just me.

July 21 Gene Pisasale talk on his book, "Hemingway, Cuba and the Great Blue River" at Marple Public Library 2:30 p.m.

July 21 Haverford Township Free Library and Haverford Environmental Advisory Committee present Something About Climate Change 10:30 a.m. to 12 Conquering Your EV/Plug-In Fears. Register online to atend.

2 - 4 p.m.

July 22 🎄 Christmas in July Festival Wildwood Crest.  

July 22 National Hammock Day Had I not received an email from Delaware River Waterfront, I would have never known. The relevance, they have hammocks I do not. If you want to celebrate in style this is your spot. They have a lot more attractions to enjoy. Beck will be there Friday night July 20 and Roll Train with DJ Mike Nyce and DJ Prince Paul July 21.


July 24 Community Conversation on the stigma of opioid addiction at Mental Health Partnerships Recovery Center located at 7200 Chestnut Street in Upper Darby 2 - 4 p.m. Register at  additional information email

July 28 Historic Sugartown Traditional Hand Book Binding Workshop 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Workshop Admission: $75/ Participant, all supplies included. Ages 14 and Up. Pre-registration is required and space is limited to 6 participants.  Visit or call 610-640-2667 to register.

Aug. 2 Ice Cream and a Magic Show at the Grange 7 - 9 p.m. Reservations must be made by July 26. Admission: $6 RSVP by calling 610.446.4958 or email

Aug 6-10 Registration is now open for the 2018 TechniGals Summer STEAM Camp at Middletown Free Library. Camp runs August 6th-10th from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m each day and is open to girls going into grades 6-9 in the fall.There are 26 spots for campers and 6 spots for Counselors-in-Training. See link for more details and registration. Currently there is a waiting list.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Celebrating the 10 Millionth Patent

It is amazing all the creations, innovations and hard work, we take for granted.

The USPTO (United States Patent and Trade Office) is celebrating its 228th Anniversary this year, 2018 and the milestone 10 Millionth patent issued.

President Donald J. Trump, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, and USPTO Director Andrei Iancu all signed the patent. The last president to sign a patent was Gerald Ford in 1976 to commemorate the U.S. bicentennial. All early presidents up to John Quincy Adams signed patent documents.

The first U S  patent was issued on July 31, 1790, to Samuel Hopkins for a process of making potash, an ingredient used in fertilizer  President George Washington signed the first patent.

President Abraham Lincoln is the only U.S. President to ever receive a patent in 1849 for "Manner of Buoying Vessels". Patent 6469

Thomas Edison is the inventor or co-inventor of over 1,000 patents. I have been in his museum/lab in Florida. It is quite impressive. Edison was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1973 for his patent of the electric lamp.

 Edison Laboratory,  Ft. Myers, Florida taken on a mirrorless Sony digital camera.

Nicola Tesla received patent no. 381,968 for an Electro-Magnetic Motor in 1888. He was inducted into the National Hall of Fame of Inventors in 1975.

Inventor Joseph Marron and patent assignee Raytheon Company received patent no. 10,000,000 for "Coherent LADAR Using Intra-Pixel Quadrature Detection," which improves laser detection and ranging (LADAR). They received the first new patent designed certificate. The certificate was presented at the SXSW Festival in June 2018.

The Real McCoy Activity is an initiative to help kids understand the concept of intellectual property through patents  Those who want to participant in the activity can download and print a “Real McCoy,” from the USPTO website  Adults and kids can search for patent numbers on common items  Once found, participants photograph the Real McCoy cutout next to the patented item and share it on social media.

He will look like this.

 Many of us have used the expression, that's the "Real McCoy".

Background: Elijah McCoy received his first patent for an automatic lubricating device in 1872  Previously, train engineers stopped the train to apply necessary lubrication  McCoy’s invention allowed engines to be lubricated while they ran, saving precious time and money Long distance locomotives, ships, and factories began using McCoy’s lubricating invention  Legend has it that users of heavy equipment were wary of buying cheap substitutes  As a result, they often asked for “the real McCoy,” a phrase that still exists in today’s vocabulary.

"The Real McCoy"

Look closely at the everyday things in your life and you may soon notice patent numbers appearing everywhere! Help 19th century inventor Elijah J. McCoy learn how innovative the world has become by showing him the patent numbers you discover on products, machines, and anything else.
To get started, download and print the image of Elijah J. McCoy. Cut out the figure and take him with you to work, running errands, or on your travels near and far. When you find a patent number, take a photo of Elijah with the innovation and share it on social media using #TheRealMcCoy. Remember to tag @USPTO! We’ll retweet the best shots from across the country and share some of our own. By the way, you can visit  Elijah’s USPTO Kids page for more information and fun.
What patented innovations are hiding in plain sight?

The USPTO website has activities to inspire creative kids, teens to be inventive with teacher and parent resources.

The USPTO is also sponsoring a campaign Ten for 10 Million
Which ten patents have transformed how you live, work, or play?
#Tenfor10M – 10 important (or important-to-you) patents for a specific industry or technological field.

I decided to go with digital camera patents, since going digital has saved me tons of money on film much to Kodak's dismay. One of my favorite features of the digital is "delete" but I must sheepishly admit to saving some of the blurry ones because they hold significant meaning. Ahhh, I was so close to the perfect shot, and then they moved.

I was astonished to discover Steven Sasson was the inventor of  the first digital camera in 1975 while he was working for Kodak. He was 24 yeas old and his boss, Gareth Lloyd gave him a project.  Kodak applied for a patent in May 1977 and it was granted in December 1978. I was also surprised to learn that Mr. Sasson still works for Kodak in their Intellectual Properties Department.

The first photographs taken of me would have been on a Brownie camera and I remember it. The Brownie made by Kodak and was patented in 1899.  I am not that old but I have pushed the button on many a camera since and many in the early days were manufactured by Kodak. I had one early stage Kodak digital camera. I should have kept it.

Notes and highlights found at the USPTO website.

Social Media Help spread the word about 10 Million Patents to educate and inspire the next generation of inventors and celebrate the history of American innovation  Feel free to use the material below  For more information on #10MillionPatents, contact Elizabeth Chu • Links for inclusion in posts and tweets: – #10MillionPatents – patents throughout U S  history and issuance of the 10 millionth U S  patent – #NewPatentDesign – newly redesigned patent cover – #Tenfor10M – 10 important (or important-to-you) patents for a specific industry or technological field – #TheRealMcCoy – patented inventions in your everyday life – #10MillionPatentsPosters • Hashtags – #10MillionPatents, #NewPatentDesign, #TheRealMcCoy, #Patent10MillionPosterProject

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Ways to Get Creative

 Let's Get Creative

Create Art

Create a centerpiece

Create Conversation

Create something new

Create havoc
(you probably want to sat away from that one)

Get creative in the kitchen

Create an illusion

Create work
(some easily do this for others, it is not always welcome)

Create a fashion statement

Creative writing

Monday, July 16, 2018

Upcoming Events July 16 - 19

July 16 - 22 is Juror Appreciation Week in Pennsylvania.

July 17 Trash Talk Archaeology at the Museum of the American Revolution 5 - 8 p.m.

July 17 Haverford Township Free Library host local historian Jim Segrave-Daly for Alexander Hamilton:American Colossus 6:30 p.m.

July 17 National Thrift Shop Day

July 17 Haverford Township Free Library and Haverford Environmental Advisory Committee present Something About Climate Change 7 p.m. Making Your Home More Energy Efficient - Conquering Your EV/Plug-In Fears.

July 17 Moonlight Dining in Haverford on the Boulevard Brookline Boulevard presented by Haverford Partnershop for Economic Development.

Wednesday Summer Nights Concert Series at Penn Museum 5 - 8 p.m. 

Wednesday Dining Under the Stars in Media

Wednesday - Sunday thru Aug. 12  Summer Concerts at Rose Tree Park.
7:30 p.m.

July 18 Curator Talk on The Life...The Legend.....The Truth? - Stitching Betsy Ross' Story Together 12:10 p.m. in the Merchant's Exchange Building. A free lunchtime lecture by Kim Staub, Collections  and Exhibitions's Manager at the Betsy Ross House. Bring a lunch, this event is free but registration is required.

July 18 Medicare 101 at the Ridley Township Library 6 p.m. 

July 18 History of Motown with Jon Turk at Marple Public Library 7 p.m.

July 18 and 25 The Vocalist contest 7 p.m. at the Media Theatre. Ages 14-24.

July 19 Springhouse Storytime Zoo Day at Newlin Grist Mill 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Members $5 Non-Members $7 perfect fpr preschoolers call to register 610.459.2359.

Reminder:July 19 "Opioid Addiction and Abuse: Hope in the Mist of Crisis" discussion with District Attorney Katayoun Copeland at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Springfield Registration was requested by July 12