Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Upcoming events Feb 20 - 23

Feb. 19 Presidents Day 

Feb. 20 Wood Burning Class Mandala at Middletown Free Library. Limited space, free, registration required. 2 - 4 p.m.

Feb. 20 History After Dark : Love Letters at the MOAR Museum of the American Revolution 5 - 8 p.m. $10 for non members and free for members.

Feb. 20 Helen Kate Furness Library will host author Cheryl Borrelli, Dear Nicky, Love Mommy a book about the challenges of raising an autistic child, 7 p.m. The library is located at 100 N. Providence Road in Wallingford.

Feb. 21 Delaware County Press Club will welcome Daily Times sports writer Matthew DeGeorge at Talen Energy Stadium located at 1 Stadium Drive in Chester 11:30 p.m. A tour of the stadium will follow the luncheon. Additional information including tickets.

Feb. 21 Delaware County League of Women Voters will welcome the Delaware County Council with some new faces to lunch the Community Room at Media Borough Hall located at 3rd and Jackson in Media. There will be a Q and A session along with lunch provided by Margaret Kuo. There will be a $15 fee for lunch and reservations are required you can pay by mailing a check, by phone or pay at the door. More info call 610.566.8674.

Feb. 21 The Newtown Square Historical Society welcomes hear local historian Rich Paul speak on Grover Cleveland Bergdoll, a Broomall resident (the “Bergdoll mansion”) who was one of the first pilots to learn flying from Orville Wright at 7:00 p.m. at the Dunwoody Village auditorium There was a time in the Philadelphia area when everyone knew the name Bergdoll and not just those who drank his family’s famous beer.  Grover Cleveland Bergdoll, namesake of an American president, and heir to one of the city’s greatest beer empires, never worked in the family brewery. But the “Playboy of the Eastern Seaboard” was surely the most notorious character in Philadelphia’s long, sudsy beer history.  He raced in the Indianapolis 500, got into fist fights with police, flew a Wright brother’s biplane from his “Eagle Field” (now Manoa Shopping Center), on one adventure “circling three times around William Penn’s hat” at City Hall.  During World War I, he was deemed a traitor and a fugitive, despite his efforts to contribute to the United States war effort.  He was later tried, convicted, and jailed.  He was released but died a madman.  Rich will shed some new light on the controversial Bergdoll, and then you can decide:  Villain or Victim?  

Feb. 22 Reading Terminal 125th Birthday readingterminalmarket.org 

Feb. 22 The 11th Annual STEM Career Night at Delaware County Community College 5:30 p.m. in the Academic Building lobby on the Marple Campus.

Feb. 23 Photography Walk with Middletown Free Library at Ridley Creek State Park 1 - 3 p.m.

Feb. 23 Community Arts Center located at 414 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford will celebrate the music of Johnny Cash with local artist. Cash is King. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets $15 for non-members and $10 for members.

Monday, February 19, 2018

House of the Presidents

Popes Creek in Virginia is the Birthplace of George Washington, 1st President of the United States. An outline of the house was discovered in an archaeological  dig. The National Monument is maintained by the National Park Service.

George Washington - President's House Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is part of Independence National Park.

George Washington and John Adams both took up residence here for a short time.

President's House drawing of what you can see from the archaeological dig in Philadelphia through plexiglass.

George Washington - Mt. Vernon Mount Vernon was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and is today listed on the National Register of Historic Places. and a Virginia Registered Landmark. It is still owned and maintained in trust by The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association. Thanks to the women's diligent work and determination the estate remained a neutral site during the Civil War between the North and the South. One of my favorite things inside the house was the Key to the Bastille, given to Washington by Lafayette.

Thomas Jefferson  - Reconstructed Declaration House located in Philadelphia (2nd floor rental where TJ wrote the Declaration of Independence). It is part of Independence National Park located a few blocks from Independence Hall. It is maintained by the National Park Service.

Thomas Jefferson, Monticello located outside Charlottesville, Virginia provides a small glimpse into the inner workings of a brilliant man with various interests, and inventions. Touring his estate provides an interesting passage back in time. I loved the gardens and his office. I can't say I agreed with all his behaviors and decisions but he was an interesting guy. Monticello is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, U.S. National Landmark, U.S. National Registered Historic Place and a Virginia Registered Landmark

James Madison - Montpelier, Virginia provides a fascinating story and focus on the creator of so many famous documents. Madison is known as the Father of the Constitution for his major role its drafting and the Bill of Rights. The first draft of George Washington's Farewell Address was written by James Madison . This speech is read each year by a selected U.S. Senator on Washington's Birthday. This year it will be read by Senator Peters on February 26. Montpelier was declared a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. It was included in the Madison-Barbour Rural Historic District in 1991. In 1983, the last private owner of Montpelier, Marion duPont Scott, bequeathed the estate to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

James Monroe, Ash Lawn - Highland in Virginia. Monroe was present with Washington at the Crossing of the Delaware and he was wounded at the Battle of Trenton. He was Secretary of State and later Secretary of War under James Madison. He studied law with Jefferson and their two estates connected.  James Monroe is one of three former U.S. Presidents that died on July 4, 1831. He died five years after Jefferson and Adams who both died July 4, 1826

Andrew Johnson Homestead. Greeneville, Tennessee is on the National Register of Historic Places and is maintained by the National Park Service.

Abraham Lincoln - Sinking Spring, Kentucky Birthplace of Abraham Lincoln where you can also find the first Lincoln Memorial Monument.

Inside the monument is the symbolic cabin where Abraham Lincoln was born.

Woodrow Wilson birthplace Staunton, Virginia. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt "Springwood" Hyde Park, NY Birthplace, Home and Place of Burial.

Eisenhower Birthplace, Denison, TX

Eisenhower Farm Gettysburg, PA in 1967 donated to the National Park Service.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Birthplace, Brookline, Massachusetts is a National Historic Site. JFK was born in the Master Bedroom and lived here until he was 3. Rose Kennedy repurchased the home in 1966, redecorated to the time period  and donated the property to the National Park Service.

JFK's favorite booth when he dined at the Union Oyster House in Boston.

It is rumored that George Washington slept in many places but never took up residence in the city named for him, Washington, D.C. A common thread to all the other men, "who occupies the Office of the President of the United States lives in the White House in Washington D.C."

Friday, February 16, 2018

Contemplative Chinese Fortunate Cookie Sayings

It is not enough to have a good mind;  the main thing is to use it well.

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.


You find beauty in ordinary things. Do not lose this ability.

Sometimes travel to new places leads to transformation.

You cannot become rich except by enriching others.

Many people who have power become a deaf-mute.

In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity. 

When you feel defensive, examine your fear.


 You will always see light after darkness.

With our thoughts, we make our world.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Chinese New Year of the Dog Celebrations

Feb. 15 International House of Philadelphia Lunar New Year Celebration at the Ibrahim Theater 3701 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia 7 - 9 p.m. Ticket information.

Feb. 15 Midnight Lion Dance with the Philadelphia Suns 11 p.m. at 10th and Race Streets in Chinatown. 

Feb. 16 Begins the Chinese Year of the Dog 

Feb. 17 Chinese Lunar New Year at Please Touch Museum 4231 Avenue of the Republic in Philadelphia 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission $19.

Feb. 17 Chinese Lunar New Year at Reading Terminal 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
Feb. 17 Chinese Lunar New Year at Independence Seaport Museum 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission $16 and $12 for seniors, children 3-12 and military.

Feb. 17 Media celebrates the "Year of the Dog" with Philadelphia's premiere "Lion Dancers" Hung Gar Kung Fu Academy. The Parade will span State Street. It starts and ends at Margaret Kuo's Noon - 1 p.m.

Feb. 18 Lion Dance Parade with Philadelphia Suns begins 11 a.m. at 10th and Spring Streets.

Feb. 24 Chinese New Year Celebration: The Year of the Dog at the Delaware Art Museum 11 a.m.

There is a Chinatown in 27 States in the U.S. Some states have more than one Chinatown.

2018 The Year of the Dog? Coincidence? Ask the Philadelphia Eagles Football Team.

Okay maybe by March Madness we will get over it, but I doubt it.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Looking for a Valentine Match

Why does everything have to match? Ask a mate.





Coffee mate

Bunk mate

Play mate 


First Mate

Power Mate



Cell mate

House Mate

School mate

Perfect Mate

Work Mate

Running Mate

Walking Mate

Acting Mate

 Committee Mate

Fishing mate

Glove Mate

Running Mate

Ahoy Matey

Cast Mate

Work Mate

Band Mate

Dance Mate

Travel mate

Crew mate

Happy Valentine's Day

 If you are still struggling to find a mate, go to Australia one of the friendliest nations in the world.

Everyone is a mate, matey.