Friday, March 16, 2018

Irish DNA

It is funny how so many of us have been born in the USA and have people that have been here for generations but we still relate to our Ancestry roots.

So naturally I was shocked to learn I am 57% English and I was mad! I was stunned to see I was only 28 % Ireland/Scotland/Wales, 5% Scandinavia, possible blue eyes origin, wish I had gotten the beautiful blonde hair too.

 I must resemble the Norse men and I have a low mixture of East and West Europe and Caucasus which could mean (Primarily located in: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey). How about that? I was excited to be 2% Italian/Greek, my husband believes that all lives in my appetite, I love Italian food ๐Ÿ’“! Florence is also one of my favorite foreign cities but I was born and raised into an Irish Catholic family that comes with a history all its own. With names in your tree like Dougherty, Carolean, O'Hanlon you're Irish.๐Ÿ€ I have been to the homeland. I saw the store my great grandfather used to run and I have stayed with my relatives that did not immigrate to this country. With a very slight simple twist of fate it could have been me that was still in Ireland but my grandmother had to take the ticket purchased by her father for her sister to come to this country. Her sister in rebellion ran away and got married. My grandmother came from a family of 16 and my father one of 7, the Irish mixed with the English here in America and now they want to dominate. I grew up with freckles and for some strange reason, I had blazing red hair in seventh grade and I am almost positive that is when my personality emerged.  I was Irish.

The O' Irish

  Love to sing
Tell stories







Work Hard

Have Pride 

Gather in clans

 Eat corn beef and cabbage

and mix in.

That is in my DNA

and we do not like snakes!

Happy St. Patrick's Day 

I am keeping the English connection, I have been able to trace my people back to Jamestown, too much history to deny but on March 17th, I am 100 % Irish.

Erin go Bragh

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Upcoming Events this Weekend March 17

Rest in peace Stephen Hawking. What an amazing and brilliant man.

๐Ÿ€More Madness 

March 16 Art Show and Sale at the Middletown Free Library 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

March 17 St. Patrick's Day wear green. Who is making corn beef and cabbage?  

March 17 Paper Marbling at Historic Sugartown 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cost per Person: $65/Adult; $50/Child (Ages 8-17). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Class size is limited to 8 people. Length of Class: Typical class lasts about 5 hrs.

March 17 Fresh to Dry Wreath Workshop 10 a.m. – noon  at Tyler Arboretum. Join floral designer Leona Swiacki to create and style your own spring wreath using fresh materials such as salal leaves, eucalyptus, and other natural floral materials that dry well. This beautiful wreath will last over time and can be enjoyed season after season. All materials are provided; please bring garden shears and light garden gloves. $45 members, $55 non-members.

March 17 Orientation and March 31 Training (Both sessions required) PAWS for People will hold  training session for potential pet therapy teams 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at St. James Church of Christ, 135 Myrtle Ave. in Havertown. Pre-registration is required
   ๐Ÿ‡ March 17-18, 2018  Hayride to Bunnyland at Linvilla 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. $9.
๐ŸŒธMarch 17 - March 20 Predicted to be Peak Bloom date of the Cherry Blossom in Washington, D.C. Check the link for updates at there is no exact way to predict a woman. Mother Nature.

March 18 Women's History Series: Harriet Tubman 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Wyck Historic House, Garden, Farm. Reverently called "Moses" by the hundreds of enslaved Africans she helped and the thousands of others she inspired, Harriet Tubman (c 1820-1913) became the most famous "conductor" of the Underground Railroad to aid enslaved Africans escaping to free states or Canada. During a ten-year span, she made 19 trips into the South and escorted over 300 of her charges to freedom. The Harriet Tubman Living History Experience highlights and heightens public awareness of the Underground Railroad, Civil War, and the life of one of the 19th century's most celebrated figures. Harriet Tubman will be portrayed by Millicent Sparks. Read More about Millicent HERE. This program is suited for ages 9 to adult. $20 General Admission, $15 Friends Of Wyck,$10 Students Under 25.

March 18 Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra with conductor Reuben Blundell, Spring Concert at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center 3 p.m.

March 18 John Vanore and Abstract Truth at Widener University's Kapelski Recital Hall, 14th and Walnut Streets in Chester. 3 p.m. Free and open to public.
March 18 Paralympics 2018 in Pyeong Chang closing ceremony/

Plan Ahead:

March 24 Spring Trails Day 8 a.m. – noon Beat cabin fever by joining the volunteer Spring Trails Day. Come help Tyler’s Horticulture Team in the care and maintenance of 17 miles of hiking trails. Tasks will include invasive plant removal and path reconstruction. Groups are welcome but please give advance notice. Suitable for ages 14 and up with responsible adult. Dress for the outdoors and bring gardening gloves and a water bottle.  Tools provided. Meet at the Maintenance Building. Pre-registration encouraged; contact Julia Lo Ehrhardt  (

March 24 Hand Book Binding Workshop at Historic Sugartown in Malvern 9 - 3 p.m. Admission: $75 all materials included for ages 14 and older.

March 30 Colonial Chocolate Making Meet three female entrepreneurs at the Betsy Ross House and learn how women played an active role during the American Revolution – from making important military supplies, like flags and musket cartridges, to choosing “patriotic” beverages like chocolate and coffee, rather than tea. Sample the hot chocolate drink that colonists enjoyed. Sponsored by AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

March 31 Women's History Month Celebration 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Betsy Ross House 239 Arch St, in Philadelphia an entire day of free, family-friendly events celebrating Colonial women. Once Upon A Nation Storytellers from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Meet Betsy Ross at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Breeches and Petticoats at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. 

๐Ÿ‡ March 31 and April 1 Brunch with the Easter Bunny at the Philadelphia Zoo. Sold out last year. Hop to it to get these tickets.

Media Film Festival - Tickets on sale Now!

Register now for Bookit! 5K run/walk  sponsored by Helen Kate Furness Library and Swarthmore Public Library on April 7.  $30 early bird. The race begins at the Wallingford Train Station at 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Plymouth Quaker Meeting

We often just take names for granted and history geesh that was so yesterday, but living in Penn's woods. I have always had a curiosity about the Quakers.

Plymouth Meeting the town for those that do not know is located at the other end of the Blue Route, last stop before the turnpike I believe.When I spotted a Quaker Meeting House, I had to stop for a photo op. It is located at Germantown and Butler Pike in Plymouth Meeting, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Plymouth Friends Meetinghouse was added to the National Register of Historical Places February 18, 1971. The outside of the building dates back to 1708.

It served as a hospital and a campsite for Washington's troops on their way to Valley Forge. 
Troops under the Marquis de Lafayette camped on the grounds prior to the May 20, 1778 Battle at Barren Hill. Lafayette Hiils, Lafayette Street, it is all coming together.

In 1780, the eastern wing was added and used as a school to replace the original log school.

The interior was destroyed by fire in 1867 and restored. The front porch was added across the front at this time.

I always find the exterior of the meeting houses to be well maintained and welcoming.

The inside also provides plenty of room to gather for a meeting of the minds. 

In this photograph, notice the beautiful floors, they are new and have been replaced over the past two years due to a termite problem.

In my haste, I was headed for a hike at Wissahickon Park, I did not take the time to explore the cemetery and I am an "old cemetery person." Irish born artist, Thomas Hovenden and his daughter, died (1895)  from a train accident in the area. He is buried in the Plymouth Friends Meeting Cemetery. His home was across the street. His studio also known as Abolition Hall was also added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971

I thought Plymouth Meeting was a place to meet your friends and go shopping at the Mall. It is always nice to learn the true value in a name. Now why was it called Plymouth?

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Top 10 Sayings to Psyche Yourself Out

1.  I don't have the time.

2.  That will take too long.

3.  I can't do that.

4.  What is in it for me?

5.  It is not worth it.

6.  That is more effort then I am willing to give.

7. I'm exhausted.

8.  That is the best I got.

9. I give up!

10. If I don't get this is, it all over.

With an attitude like that you might as well not even try.  You are done before you even begin.

A common question: Where do I even start? The answer is simpler than you think. 
You start at the beginning.

The many emotions of Mary before I start a project. I am not so unusual, merely a human being.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Things to do this Week of March 12

March 12 "Horseshoe Crabs:Geologic Survivors of Our Eastern Seaboard," lecture at the Delaware County Institute of Technology located at 11 Veterans Square in Media, 7:30- 8:30 p.m.

๐Ÿ€March 13 and 14 Let the Madness begin, First Four

New Date: March 14 Art for a Cause. Art Sale from various community artists hosted by Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union located at 3741 West Chester Pike in Newtown Square 5 - 7:30 p.m. Half of the proceed will go to support of (PRC) Pennsylvania Resources Council and the other half will go to the Newtown Square Presbyterian Church's Rise Against Hunger Event scheduled for March 11. 

March 14 Philadelphia's Civil War Generals presentation at Dunwoody Village auditorium 3500 West Chester Pike in Newtown Square. Newtown Square Historical Society hosts speaker, Arch Hunter at 7 p.m. a long time history teacher at Marple Newtown High School. 

March 14 The 2018 Spring Lecture Series at Chadds Ford Historical Society Eyewitness Images from the American Revolution, Arthur Lefkowitz This slide presentation is based on Arthur Lefkowitz’s new book titled Eyewitness Images from the American Revolution. Despite the absence of photography and combat illustrators, the American Revolution was accurately recorded by a number of artists.  Historian Arthur S. Lefkowitz, author of six award winning books about the American Revolution, will present a color slide presentation of 18th Century artistry in the form of studio executed history paintings, portraits, illustrations, maps and rapidly executed drawings done in the field. While some of the artwork presented may look familiar, Mr. Lefkowitz gives detailed information about each image and well as insights concerning the artists who created them.   The pictures in the presentation have been gathered from   museums in the United States, Canada, Ireland, England and France.  Copies of Eyewitness Images from the American Revolution are available from our shop and Mr. Lefkowitz will be available for signing any of his books following the lecture. Admission to the lecture is free for all CFHS members and $5 for non-members. All tickets are at the door; no advance ticketing is available. The 2018 Spring Lectures Series is held in the CFHS Barn Visitors Center at 1736 Creek Road (Rt. 100), Chadds Ford, PA 19317. For more information please visit our website This event begins at 7:00 p.m.

March 15 PA Veterans Outreach Van will be onsite at the office of State Representative Leanne Krueger Braneky 701 E. MacDade Blvd., Folsom 10 - 2 p.m. Veterans and family member can get information about disability, health care, pension, education benefits, career assistance and more. 

March 15 Ides of March

๐Ÿ€March 15 Let the Madness begin, First Round. U Penn is in ๐Ÿ‘ good luck.

March 16 - September 2,2018 Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music at the National Museum of American Jewish History located at 5th and Market streets in Philadelphia.

March 16 The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference in Atlanta will speak with NASA astronaut Scott Tingle, currently living and working aboard the International Space Station, at 10:40 a.m. EDT Friday, . The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will be one of several interactive events to air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website during the week.

Now through March 18 Paralympics 2018 in Pyeong Chang.