Friday, July 13, 2018

Ways We Can All Get Lost

Lost in Time
Lost in thought
Loose sense of direction
Lost in work
Lost for words
Lose connection
Lost consciousness
Lost in space
Lost weight
for # 10, I am at a loss
and the BIG Blessing when we are found.
A true sign that when we work together great things can happen. 
World Cup aside, I think the World was happiest when the Thai Soccer Team and their Coach were rescued and returned home safely on July 10, 2018.

Major kudos to all that took part in this happy ending.

Sadly, former Thai Navy Seal Sgt. Major Saman Gunan lost his life during this heroic mission.

The Good News

13 lives rescued and saved. 

Restoring hope in a too often tragic news stream.

13 is now a lucky number

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Upcoming Weekend Events July 13 - 15

Upcoming this weekend:

July 13 National Flow Tour Competition in Wildwood 4 - 11 p.m. 🏖🏖🏖🏖 down the shore.

July 13 - 15 Blobfest in Phoenixville at the Colonial Theatre.

July 13 - 15 NJ State BBQ Championship and Anglesea Blues Festival in Wildwood. 🏖🏖🏖🏖 down the shore.

July 14 The 39th Annual T. John Carey Master's Swim in Ocean City, 34th Street 🏖🏖🏖🏖 down the shore.

July 14 Cape Express More Beach Blast Soccer Tournament in Wildwood. 🏖🏖🏖🏖 down the shore.

July 14 Spike 'n Splash EVP Beach Volleyball in Wildwood.
🏖🏖🏖🏖 down the shore.

July 14 Annual Duke of the Fluke Fishing Tournament in Wildwood.
🏖🏖🏖🏖 down the shore.

July 14 Summer Craft Fair in Lewes. Delaware.
🏖🏖🏖🏖 down the shore.

July 14 Aston Public Library welcomes librarian and genealogical researcher Barbara Selletti at 11 a.m.

July 14 Pirates, Spies and Rogues at Colonial Plantation 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cost Adults $10, Children 4 - 12 $6 Under 4 Free.

July 14 Civil War Saturday at Fort Mifflin 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

July 14 Tie Die Music Festival at Community Arts Center in Wallingford located at 414 Plush Mill Road 2 - 7 p.m.

July 14 Opening of the Third MAC at the Library. Media Arts Council Library Gallery will be on display July through September. The Opening Reception 4 - 6 p.m. will provide wine, wit, wisdom and the entertainment of the Delaware County Symphony. The library is located at Front and Jackson Streets. in Media.

July 14 Bastille Day at Eastern Penitentiary: Final Tour with the Bearded Ladies Cabaret. The performance begins at 5:30 p.m.

July 14 Bryn Mawr Twilight Concert 7 p.m.

July 15 The 11th Annual Media Downtown Car Show 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. on State Street. Rain date:July 22

July 15 Tri-State Jazz All Stars at Community Arts Center located at 414 Push Mill Road in Wallingford at 2 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.

July 15 Philadelphia Flyers Community Caravan Toyota Flyers Charity Classic at Wells Fargo Center Lot G 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

July 15 A Memorial Service will be held at Church of the Overcomer at 10 a.m., 1016 Sunset St. in Trainer. The service is meant to bring awareness to the lives of young people that have lost their loves to gun violence. confirm attendance by calling 610.485.6090. 


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

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Fourth of July Winners at Independence 2018

July 4th 2018 at Independence Hall

The morning began with the Mattatuck Drum Band out of Waterbury Connecticut with the oldest continuous membership, organized in 1767, reminding us from whence we came.

Tracey Davidson and Bill Henley of Channel 10 hosted the event, with not a cloud in the sky. The umbrella was needed to combat the strong rays of the noontime sun.

Justin Hopkins gave a chilling performance of the Star Spangled Banner. If anyone in the crowd felt compelled to take a knee it would have only been in awe of the Pride in America that resonated from this young mans voice. Of note, I only witnessed hand over heart, it was a compelling moment standing there in front of Independence Hall.

Chaitali Kidd, a sixth grader from the Delaplaine McDaniel School, performed a solo of “Joyful, Joyful” and she was Delightful, Delightful. She was so full of energy on a sweltering morning of the fourth, one of the hottest days of summer in the City of Brotherly Love.

Mayor Kenney presented the 2018 Magis Award to Giana Graves, a 22 year old transgender youth activist for her outstanding work in education and social justice. The Latin word "magis" roughly translates to more universal good. 

The City of Philadelphia recognized the Philly Pops along with President and CEO Frank Giordano as the 2018 Welcome America Honoree on their 40th Anniversary year for their work with children in the Philadelphia School District and their contributions Pops in Schools and their military Salute Series.

A nice accompanist was the acknowledgement of the high school students interspersed within the Pops that will soon be attending the University of the Arts with teachers from that school also in the Pops.

The North Philadelphia NOMADS Rugby Team representatives read portions of the Declaration of Independence with dignity and self respect, a clear victory.


The Wawa Hero Award Nominees

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia
  • EducationWorks
  • Inn Dwelling
  • Philadelphia Fire Department Explorer Youth Program

And the Winner is...............Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia.

and of course a big shout out to Wawa for all it does to contribute to the City of Philadelphia in making the week of the 4th of July Welcome to America.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Summer Essentials






Something sizzling on the grill

Sunshade (Hat)


Something to keep the heat off the seat in the car, another sunshade.

Something to sip on

A Spectacular Sunset

Monday, July 9, 2018

Upcoming Events this Week July 9th

July 9 David Komarnicki author of "Five Stars in the Window:Growing Up During World War II"will speak at the Ridley Township Library 1 p.m. Call the library to register to attend. 610.583.0593 or or drop in and sign up at the library.

July 9 Stone Harbor Baby Parade 🏖🏖🏖🏖🏖🏖 down the shore.

July 9 Boardwalk Concert Series: Jukebox Legends, Seaside Heights.
🏖🏖🏖🏖🏖🏖 down the shore.

July 10 Philadelphia Flyers Community Caravan, Albert Allen Memorial Park in North Wildwood 4 - 6 p.m. 🏖🏖🏖🏖🏖🏖 down the shore.

July 10 Haverford Township Free Library and Haverford Environmental Advisory Committee present Something About Climate Change . "Demystifying Buying Cheap Renewable Power.
7 p.m.

July 11 Freckle Contest in Ocean City 6 - 7 p.m. at the Music Pier.
🏖🏖🏖🏖🏖🏖 down the shore.

July 11 Philadelphia Flyers Community Caravan Dealy Field, Sea Isle City 4 - 6 p.m. 🏖🏖🏖🏖🏖🏖 down the shore.

Wednesday - Sunday thru Aug. 12  Summer Concerts at Rose Tree Park.
7:30 p.m. July 4th Holiday

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

Wednesday Dining Under the Stars in Media

July 12 Philadelphia Flyers Community Caravan Ocean City Sports and Civic Center, 6th St. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 🏖🏖🏖🏖🏖🏖 down the shore.

July 12 - 22 University City Restaurant Week 

July 12 there will be a partial solar eclipse seen from Australia and parts of Europe and Asia. For the rest of us, Jupiter and Venus are visible, maybe the trained eye can spot them, they are prominent, amateurs like myself can upload a fascinating App called StarTracker and it will tell you the stars and the planets above in the sky. Just as a disclaimer, I do not know what else they track, read before you upload if that is a concern for you. I find myself starstruck by the App and its capability.

July 12 I, Elizabeth: Author Talk and Book Signing with Susan Holloway Scott 6 p.m. in the Benjamin Franklin Museum. It is the 214th Anniversary of Alexander Hamilton's death. Learn more about Hamilton from Eliza's perspective, and why Eliza deserved to be a heroine in hr own right. The talk will be followed by a book signing, and a toast to the lives and legacy of Alexander and Eliza Hamilton. Registration is required, Cost is $10 for Members of the Friends of Independence and $20 for the General Public.

In Case You Missed it on July 4th Hedgerow Theatre celebrated the life of Janet Kelsey - "The Mother of Hedgerow Theatre". Janet passed away earlier this year, she would have been 95 years old on July 4th. I did not know her as intimately as the rest of the audience but she always treated me as a person of importance, not in I was any big deal but she listened, she engaged in a conversation, so many people do not, that was the special uniqueness I found in Janet Kelsey. Even if you did not know her well, you could not help but like her. She knew how to treat people, a valued teacher. I am so enriched by every brief conversation we have had. One of her friends mention that Janet said the fireworks were for her. I don't know about that but she was a firecracker with spark and an example of a strong and positive female role model.