Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Top 10 Keepers

1. Things that make you laugh.
2. Things that make you cry.
3. Statements or opinions from other people that make you think.
4. Memories
5. Dreams
6. Compassion
7. Connections to People, Learn to appreciate each and every brief moment. You never know when that value will surface.
8. Holey, beat up, favorite shirt, for the moments you’ve spent together. Jeans that used to fit, let ‘em go. Do admire them for a short period and the fond memories.
9. Any precious piece of art hand made for you. Surround yourself with the things you love and make you feel that you are loved.
10. An open mind, things change all the time, think Positive!

All of the above make up just who you are and have become. Make friends with them they are yours to keep.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Top 10 Fundraisers in September-October 2010

Top 10 Fundraisers in September/October 2010

1. The MDA Telethon airs nationally September 5th-6th between 10:30 and 11:00 p.m. Sunday night and runs live all day Monday from 7:40 a.m.-6:30/7:00 pm. The Telethon is aired on MyPHL17 locally. This is the only station in the greater Philadelphia area that covers the MDA Telethon. As far as volunteers are concerned, any one can volunteer to help (over the age of 18) and can contact 610-325-5758 for more information.

2. Special Olympics Beef & Bowl, MacDade Bowl in Folsom, Saturday, September 18th, 8-11:30pm. Tickets $35

3. The 30th Annual City to Shore 2010 Bike MS is scheduled for September 25th & 26th click on the link to support St. John’s Wheels for Friends and make a donation.

4. Walk for Autism Speaks Saturday, October 2nd Citizens Bank Park.

5. Out of the Darkness Walk sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at the Philadelphia Art Museum 11-3pm October 3rd.

6. Philadelphia Vision Walk October 9th Memorial Hall, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA. Registration: 7:45am walk starts at 8:45am.

7. Baby Jesse Foundation Baby Jesse passed away on August 6th but his parents plan on continuing the foundation to help other children affected by biliary atresia, a rare liver disorder. You can donate through the website.

8. Making Strides against Breast Cancer October 10th at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

9. Children’s Health Fund Click "Like" on Clorox on Facebook and become a fan. Clorox will donate $1 to the Children’s Health Fund.

10. Sunshine Foundation answers the dreams of chronically ill children. You can make a donation or your organization can “Adopt a Dream” anytime.

11. "The Philadelphia Scleroderma Walk" Sunday Oct. 10th. At Lloyd Hall Along Boat House Row.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Top 10 Temptation Songs

The only living member of the original Temptations is Otis Williams
1961- Present.

Otis Williams Interview

Eddie Kendricks 1961-1971 died 1992 of lung cancer
Elbridge Bryant 1961-1963 died 1975 of cirrhosis of the liver.
Melvin Franklin 1961-1995 best friends with Otis Williams for 30 years, he and Williams are the only members who never quit. In the late 1960s, Franklin was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, the symptoms of which he combated with cortisone so that he could continue performing. The constant use of cortisone left his immune system open to other infections and health problems; as a result Franklin developed diabetes in the early 1980s and later contracted necrotizing fasciitis, flesh-eating disease. In 1978 he was shot in the hand and in the leg while trying to stop a man from stealing his car in Los Angeles. On February 23, 1995, after a number of seizures, he fell into a coma and remained unconscious until death.
Paul Williams 1961-1971 died 1973 on the ground near his car from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
David Ruffin 1964-1968 rejoined the group 1982. Ruffin collapsed on June 1, 1991 in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania crack house after sharing ten vials with a friend in under half an hour. Although the cause of death was ruled an accidental overdose of cocaine, Ruffin's family and friends suspected foul play, claiming that a money belt containing the proceeds from the tour ($40,000) was missing from his body.

The Temptations still perform with Williams at the helm. Vver the years there have been 21 different members.

Receive a free mp3 copy of the new single "Soul Music" from The Temptations website.

Information obtained from Wikipedia, The Temptations fan website and various contributors on YouTube of the ever talented singing and dancing original Temptations.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Top 10 Famous and not so plain Jane's

1. Jane was Tarzan’s woman. The old series of films that starred Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan was for me the best depiction of a couple that allowed viewers to see the relationship between a man and a woman evolve and watch them breakdown the communication barriers. The show seemed a little archaic but the theme will always be current. Many actresses have played Jane through the years. The one that I remember most is Maureen O’Sullivan. There is the cute Disney version of Tarzan and then there are the classic black and white films that I grew up with. Jane comes into the jungle 20 years after Tarzan has been marooned there and living with the apes. I can’t remember who saw who but I knew at first it was intrigue and then it was love. Jane tamed the wild beast. Chetah, the ape was always his loyal companion but Jane was something special in Tarzan’s eyes. They later had a son, Boy. After marrying, Tarzan played by Johnny Weissmuller, continued to swing from the trees and protect his environment and left out that famous Tarzan yell every once in a while. Weissmuller was no slouch in the real world either; he won 5 Olympic Gold Medals for swimming. Back to the woman that played Jane’s character, Maureen O’Sullvian, played Jane in the Tarzan films from 1932 to 1942 and retired from show business in 1942 to care for her ailing husband John Farrow. He had left the Navy with typhoid. She and John were the parents of seven children. Mia Farrow came from that union. Tazan the Apeman was the first novel written by Edgar Rice Burrough’s. I have never read the books but have seen many of the films. They are great stories of man, survival and love and Jane had a huge role in those tales.

2. Jane Austen was a British novelist. Two of her most notable works were Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. Jane never married but traces of her romantic interests can be found in biographies written about her. She died when she was 42 years old. She was primarily educated by her father and brothers. Ms. Austen had five brothers and one sister, Casandra. Sense and Sensibility, originally called Elinor and Marianne was her first full length novel. She began work on it sometime around 1796, as revealed in letters found to her sister. The novel was published in 1811 and was a contrast of Elinor, who had sense and Marianne who was emotional. Perhaps it was a comparison of her and her sister. She is a clever and at times witty writer. Pride and Prejudice is the story of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. The book, depending on the edition is over 360 pages long. Sad to think such a passionate woman never got to live out her dreams and spend the rest of her life with someone she deeply loved. Through her writings you can tell she loved someone to be able to feel the passion and be able to write about it.

3. Jane Goodall is a British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace. Talk about passionate; she spent 45 years studying the social and family interactions between chimpanzees. Jane Goodall described on the Jane Goodall Institute website that Tarzan had a big impact on her desire to live among the wild animals. She also thought she would have made a better jungle companion of the famed Tarzan then that “other” Jane. Battle of the Jane’s, a story that was never told. Her mother was a great influence, she told her, “You can do whatever you set your mind to”, and she did. She initially began her studies as an assistant for Louis S. B Leakey in Tanzania. Their studies were to observe the similarities between man and monkeys and would perhaps shed some light on evolution. Early on in her observations, Jane discovered that the chimpanzees used a self-created fishing tool to retrieve termites out of a mound for food. The tool was made from removing leaves from a stem. Man was thought to be the first to posses the tool making trait. Jane is now 76 years old and rarely does any field work, she is on the road. Jane spends her time speaking to government officials on conservation and often groups of young people relaying the message do what you can to better this world.

4. Jane Fonda is an incredible American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model, and fitness guru. The first film of hers that comes to mind is On Golden Pond. She plays opposite her own father, among other themes it delves into the turbulent relationship between a father and his daughter. Henry Fonda an amazing actor in his own right. Jane has said the story in part mimicked their own relationship and helped to heal the scars. Jane’s mother committed suicide in 1950; she was only 13 years old and voluntarily sought treatment at a psychiatric hospital. This information can be found in her 2005 biography. As a political activist during the Vietnam work, there were many soldiers that were not too fond of Fonda. So I will leave it at that. You can look up her interview with Barbara Walters in 1988 and a 60 minutes interview in 2005 of her regrets. She also fights for woman’s issues. I can attest to her workout video, she’s brutal but it is a good workout. Jane has her own website with a blog and she also has a Facebook page and she Twitters.

5. Jane Eyre is a famous novel written by Charlotte Bronte and published in 1847. She was an English writer and poet. Jane Eyre was written under the pen name Currer Bell, She was one of three sisters that all disguised their names when they wrote a collaborative book of poems. . Anne was Acton Bell, Emily was Ellis. Emily Bronte wrote Wuthering Heights in the same year that Charlotte wrote Jane Eyre and Anne wrote Agnes Grey. An important topic in the novel is the depiction of a male-dominated society. Jane attempts to assert her own identity. Through Jane, Bronte opposes Victorian stereotypes about women, articulating her own feminist philosophy.

6. Jane Acton may not be a household name to every one but she is in ours. I met Jane on a Trafalgar tour in California this June. She has had extensive experience being a tour director she was chosen to head up the NATO conference spouse program when Ronald Reagan was president and came to Colorado Springs. Since then she has led many well known names across the country from actors and their families to political high profile people and everyone in between. By 16 she had a long list of accomplishments in the entertainment field. She had won the gold medal in dance 35 times and actually won over 160 awards nationally and also on the international level. At the age of 16 she was awarded by Proxy from Queen Elizabeth the 2nd for outstanding accomplishments in dance from the Royal Academy of Dance in London. Jane choreographed over 16 Broadway musicals and also had her own Broadway performing group called The Timesquare Singers. Ms. Acton had her own stage magic show for 5 years and was groomed and trained by Gene Kownacki who had been the star magician for the Kennedys and Washington, D. C. ’s social world and the White House. In 1978 she was lucky to entertain at the White House under Pres. Carter and for Gretchen Poston, the White House social director. Currently Ms. Acton is working on On Stars Across the Midnight Sky the story of Black Wings, African American Pioneer Aviators; and 3 other feature films and several Television shows. Jane will be the Executive Producer, Dennis Napolitano will be the music composer and Clay Adams the technical director for the film. Her dream is to win an OSCAR! With her drive, determination and passion, I believe this will come true.

7. Jane’s Fighting Ships is a reference of information on all the world’s warships. It was first published in 1898 as Jane’s All the World’s Fighting Ships written by John F. T. Jane. It is published annually in book form, online, CD-Rom and microfiche. The information is arranged by nation. It includes a ship’s name, the dimensions, armaments and photographs. It is a unit of Jane Information Group which is currently owned by IHS Inc. Their products include defense, security, transport and law enforcement magazine. You are able to partially read their articles at janes.com but must purchase a full subscription to view the entire site.

8. Jane Seymour an English actress was born Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg and took the stage name Jane Seymour also the name of King Henry’s third wife at the age of 17. As an actress she has portrayed many notable roles. One distinction, she was a “Bond Girl” in 1973’s Live and Let Die. IGN ranked her as 10th in a Top 10 Bond Babes list. In 1984 she purchased a home with then husband David Flynn in St. Catherine’s in Somerset England, after the divorce she lived in Malibu California and rented her home to the English rock band Radiohead who recorded their album OK Computer at the house. The band Cure also took up residence at the home at one point. This multi-talented woman has written over 8 books. She is a celebrity ambassador of the organization Childhelp. Jane and her husband James Keach have twin sons. Jane is also a painter in watercolor and oils and has been exhibited in fine art galleries over the past nine years. She was selected as one of the official painters of the 2005 Torino Winter Olympics, the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

9. Jane Wyman was an American singer, dancer and character actress on film and television. I remember her from Falcon Crest. She played a very nasty family matriarch; she was very good in the role. Former President Ronald Reagan was her third husband. They married in 1940 and were divorced in 1948. The union produced 3 children, Maureen Reagan, adopted son Michael and Christine born prematurely and died the next day. She is the only ex-wife of an American President.

10. BeJane.com is new website I just discovered. I can’t recommend it highly yet only because I haven’t had the time to delve into it but it looks very interesting. The newsletter offers hot tips, hip facts, groovy ideas and fun chats.

What I have discovered is there is nothing plain about Jane at all.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Top 10 writing them up!

1. Certain Patrolmen who patrol the Baltimore Parkway. A female relative recently set out on an 8 hour journey heading to school for the fall and got a flat tire and her battery died as luck would have it. She independently handled the situation by calling AAA. While I was on the phone with her she was passed by three policemen. I realize it is not the role of a policeman to change a flat tire, one of them at least could have stopped to ask if she were ok. I instructed her to stay in her vehicle until help arrived and to ask to see ID when a police officer arrived. Were these instructions correct?

2. A company selling food door to door. I recently received a flyer in my door from an independent company and received a follow up phone call a day or two later. The rep was most informative about the company and told me she would like to send a salesman and a free sample to my home. Was I interested? She said “free” who wouldn’t be? I agreed to an appointment and then was asked a series of questions. How many are you cooking for? Is anyone a vegetarian? Do you own your home? Are you married? The list went on. The final question was do you have an extra freezer or would you be opposed to us placing one in your home? I told her everybody is cutting back and I’d prefer not to have the extra expense of running an additional freezer. I was then politely told if any offers that fit my needs came up, I would receive a call. I think I am off the list but if that was such a crucial question it should have been posed up front. I’m sure the product was good not knocking that, just the approach.

3. Colon Cleanse. To avoid any personal embarrassment I will admit it wasn’t for me, I just go to a fast food restaurants for my fix. Works for me. Colon Cleanse advertises along with another product on the internet one of those hitches if you click you are signed up indefinitely if you do not cancel after the 14 day trial. It automatically bills to your credit or debit card. It is a legitimate business but I could not get any information on which Parent Company supports this product. I wanted the next level of contact. I was able to cancel the commitment for a friend after searching for contact information but I was not able to return the unopened, unused product. What do you do with that waste? Environmentally it is not a good idea to flush it. I wasn’t asking for money back I just wanted to return the product.

4. Verizon. Verizon used to be the absolute best in customer support. The times they have changed. Another associate of mine lost internet and phone on the same day and put in a service call. The next day an “outside” technician arrived, climbed the pole and said, it’s not an outside problem, its inside and since there is not an additional service contract I can not help you without a fee. It needed to be fixed. I was then told by the “outside” technician I am not allowed to do service inside another tech will have to be called out and most likely it will not be today. Two weeks later due to inconvenience on both ends, the owner finally received service, another technician came to the house and found that it was an “outside” issue. Two weeks without internet and phone imagine if that were a home business, the loss in revenue these customers would have suffered. In my opinion, Verizon was a little slow in resolution.

5. Sears Customer Service. It is rare to receive excellent customer service anymore. We have all come to accept that you are pretty much on your own when searching to buy a product. I began my search online as most of us do now a day’s because I needed to replace a battered by the storms, patio umbrella. I went to the Sears. Exiting the escalator, we were greeted by a pleasant customer service rep who was more them willing to help and direct us. Our request was not in his area of expertise so he directed us to yet another friendly and very helpful service representative. It was entirely my fault. I was seeking a product that was out of season. Who needs to replace a patio umbrella in July and is also seeking a deal? No replacement umbrellas were available but I could have replaced the entire set for $400. I ended up ordering an umbrella online free delivery in-store pick up at Wal-Mart. I was still please with the Sears sales agents they did want to help.

6. HP Support. Now I may get some flack for this one. I made a support call on a new mini computer when the screen went randomly blank. After I explained the issue, he commented, hmmm you are going to have to ship it back. Ship it back? I needed it today. Never accept sorry on a support call. Best advice, politely say thank you, hang up and call back, the next rep may be more experienced, as was the case here. HP also does a follow up call or will send you an email asking how your customer support experience went. I always respond. I also always ask the name of the person I am speaking, along with the spelling of their name and yes many times they are not local. I ask where they are from not as a prejudice question. Usually I’ll ask about the weather there. People are people and I try to make it a friendly exchange, no one wants to help an irate customer no matter what country you are from.

7. Comcast Internet Support. Great people, always a pleasant experience and I loved the feature where they used logmein or one of the other programs that allows them to come on to your computer and see just what you messed up. I was told due to privacy concerns they no longer offer this service. Unfortunately, my last blunder was not something they could help me with. It was an email problem. I attempted to send a large file and it got stuck in my outbox. I couldn’t get rid of it. I goggled the problem, went to Microsoft’s support site followed the directions and still it was stuck. It wasn’t Comcast’s issue but I sure wish they still had the support technique to log into my pc. I think that feature is one of the best inventions ever in the support arena.

8. Microsoft Corporation. Ok so they have almost total control over everything you do on a pc. I’m still running XP and have an older version of an email product so support is no longer available for free. The stuck email was a minor annoyance, my email was still working so I caved and paid $40 for the assistance. They do, with your permission log in to take control. The issue was handled competently and quickly for a price from the experts at Microsoft. I wasn’t happy about the expense but I’ll never do it again.

9. Rest Stops on the eastern corridor. They are not only important but necessary. I like the seat cover feature when available it would prevent a lot of extra toilet tissue that ends up on the floor. Also, I did not have the pleasure but attained this information from a reliable source, North Carolina has waterless urinals. A waterless urinal saves on average 25,000 to 45,000 gallons of water a year. I attained that information from the waterless.com website if anyone has a further interest. The automatic soap dispenser and water source via sensor feature still baffles me. Although I feel it is much more sanitary, I have a heck of a time finding the trigger, others seem to find it with ease.

10. Abuse of power. I am a fan of law enforcement; I feel they have a very difficult job. There are a few however that give this position a bad reputation. A relative, she’s young, was stopped by a young police officer for doing 28mph in a 25mph zone in a beach town in the off season. The officer was kind enough to let her go with a warning and the next day he tried to friend her on Facebook. I am one of her friends on Facebook and he is very lucky I did not report him. There are good cops and there are unprofessional ones. I hope this young man has since learned his lesson and makes friends while he is off-duty.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Top 10 Fun dis-functional family

1. Sleepy
2. Sneezy
3. Doc
4. Dopey
5. Happy
6. Grumpy
7. Bashful
8. Sleeping Beauty
9. Prince Charming
10. Simba, the boy who can’t wait to be king.

Listed are a few personality traits that can make up a family. The descriptions have been borrowed from a few Disney characters with great names. Role reversals on any given day can occur. If it weren’t for a little dysfunction how would we all learn to get along?

Monday, August 23, 2010

Top 10 Guys/Gals who rarely get the glory.

1. Co-pilot
2. Navigator
3. Support person
4. Best supporting actor
5. Partner
6. Understudy
7. Backup
8. Stand in
9. Runner up
10. Gopher

Many times it is the Big Deal that gets all the credit and those who have done the hard work are often overlooked. Every one should be acknowledged; at times it does take a village and teamwork.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Top 10 Walking Songs

1. Walking in Memphis Mark Cohn
2. Road Runner Jr.Walker and the All-Stars
3. Walking on Sunshine Katrina and the Waves
4. Walking on the Moon The Police with a young Sting, Yeow!
5. I’m Walkin Fats Domino and Ricky Nelson
6. Walk like a Man Four Seasons
7. Walk this Way Aerosmith
8. Walk Like an Egyptian The Bangles with Michael Jackson dancing.
9. Walking in Rhythm The BlackByrds the 2nd link is not as clear but it looks like an original Walking in Rhythm.
10. You’ll Never Walk Alone Jerry Lewis concludes the MDA Telethon with this song each year since 1962 at the suggestion of a disabled child.

A question posed in the Delco Times this week:

Where are you walking?

I’m walking in Wallingford some steep inclines, shout out to Remis and Tula, take fido along. There is also a trail along the Blue Route but I have never taken it, the Swarthmore College Campus is beautiful. I have been known to walk in Broomall the loop around the outside perimeter of Lawrence Park Shopping Center is great, take those steps. There is also a park and walking trail off Lawrence Road in Broomall as well. Ridley Creek State Park also has a great scenic walking trail. High school tracks also offer a safe area; take a friend for walking and talking.
Good sneakers are essential.

Walking is good for the soul, great therapy!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Top 10 What are you drinking?

1. Vitamin Water is not owned by 50 cents however he did own 10% of the stock at one time (2004). Energy Brands dba Glaceau has been a privately owned subsidiary of Coca-Cola Company since 2007. J. Darius Birkoff first initiated the idea in 1996. He remains part of the management team of the company. Coca Cola has more the 3,300 products in just about every category. VitaminWater has been in the news lately.

2. Nantucket Nectars the juice guys, Tom First and Tom Scott, after graduating from Brown University began a floating convenience store servicing boats in Nantucket, Massachusetts now Nantucket Nectars are available in most stores 100% Juices, Juice Cocktails, Nantucket Squeezed Nectars, and Nantucket Nectars Organic.

3. Snapple comes in many varieties, tea, juiced drinks, 100% juice, diet and water. I like the peach tea.

4. Fuze Lance Collins a health enthusiast founded Fuze beverage in 2001. It is a low calorie drink with health benefits.

5. Bottled Water there are just too many to list but this website has a pretty comprehensive list.

6. Soft Drink or as it is more commonly known also has many, many different varieties I do not have a preference I will only offer a description in wikipedia.
7. Gatorade known and package now as the G Series. In the summer of 1965 researchers came up with a way to replace carbohydrates and electrolytes lost after exertion.

8. NOS is an energy drink. Their website appeals to racing fan. I’m guessing the drink can get your motor running, human horsepower.

9. Red Bull came into existence in 1987. They have a fun website that claims Red Bull increases performance and improves emotional status among other things.

10. Powerade is a product of Coca-Cola.

Not promoting any particular brand I have enjoyed each of these beverages. What is your favorite? Perhaps I have missed it.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Top 10 Stars Associated with Hedgerow Theater in Moylan, PA

1. Jasper Deeter was founder (1923) actor, producer and artistic director at the Hedgerow Theater for over 50 years. Mr. Deeter’s films include The Blob and 4D Man both are sci-fi films. Other notable teachers at the Hedgerow Theater School were Delores Tanner and Rose Schullman, I have had the pleasure of meeting this lady, not only did she leave her mark on many actor’s, which I was not, she was full of personality and loved the ponies at The Brandywine Raceway and was an avid poker player.

2. Ann Harding was also an original founder of Hedgerow. She attended Bryn Mawr College for one year. It has been said that Ann named the theater by saying “we will perform theater if we have to do it in the hedgerows”. Harding received an Oscar nomination as Best Actress for her starring role in the 1930 screen adaptation of Philip Barry's play "Holiday”. A biography written by Scott O’Brien, Cinema’s Gallant Lady is available for further reading.

3. Richard Basehart studied at Hedgerow Theater from 1938 – 1942. He moved on from Broadway to Hollywood. My best recollection of Richard was the television series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Prior to his death, he narrated the closing ceremonies on the 1984 Olympics in LA.

4. Van Heflin enrolled in Hedgerow Theater in 1931. He made his film debut opposite Katherine Hepburn, another Bryn Mawr alumnus in 1936 in his film A Woman Rebels. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Johnny Eager (1942).

5. Keanu Reeves studied acting at Hedgerow in the summer of 1972.

6. Langston Hughes completed the full-length drama Mulatto while he was working at the Hedgerow Theater in 1928. Hughes was an American poet, novelist, playwright, short story writer, and columnist. Langston Hughes died of complications from prostate cancer in May 22, 1967, in New York. In his memory, his residence at 20 East 127th Street in Harlem, New York City, has been given landmark status by the New York City Preservation Commission, and East 127th Street has been renamed "Langston Hughes Place."

7. Austin Pendleton to my knowledge did not study at Hedgerow; he was a Yale graduate but appeared on stage at the Hedgerow Theater in 2004. He directed Elizabeth Taylor in 1981 in The Little Foxes and was nominated for a Tony Award for best director in that production.

8. Ralph Roseman a Broadway manager and producer. Ralph was a member of the advisory board at Hedgerow Theater when I had the pleasure of knowing him and his wife Yvonne. My eventual husband and former Hedgerow alumnus lived in their Rose Valley residence across from the Hedgerow House and looked after their home while they lived in New York. Ralph once got us tickets to see my favorite musical in New York City starring Yul Brenner, in the King and I. The seats were eighth row center stage. It was a phenomenal view. Yvonne, his wife once offered to pay for my education at Carnegie Mellon for film studies. I videoed the scattering of the ashes of Rose Schullman at the Hedgerow Theater and it deeply touched Yvonne who was a very dear friend of Rose’s. Ralph Roseman and Yvonne Vinzic also an actress never had any children but took all that passed through the Hedgerow doors under their wings. They were a class act couple.

9. Tyne Daly best know by myself in the television series Cagney and Lacey also received two Tony Awards for Outstanding Performance by a leading actress in the musical Gypsy and Best Actress in Drama Desk Award. She won six Emmy Awards and was nominated 17 times. Daly studied acting with Jasper Deeter.

10. Henry Jones made his acting debut at Hedgerow Theater playing Doctor Glenn in An American Tragedy. He appeared in more the 180 movies and television shows.

Penelope Reed the daughter of veteran actress Janet Kelsey has taken over the reins of the next generation at Hedgerow Theater a historical gem right here in our own backyard.

Other names that I have either seen perform at the theater or have heard of the legendary names.

The Cast
Helen Alexander Audrey Metcalf Logan Ramsey Anne Ramsey Greg Wood Margo Jones was Delores Tanner roommate in college Eva LeeGalliane Virginia Farmer Alan Joslyn Dorothy Kyte Harry Bellever Alexander Kirkland Virginia Vestoff John Beal Helen Craig Lou Lipka Danny Fruchter Tom Teti Tom McCarthy Mary Louise Berk Peggy Shays Ed Sokol David zum Brunnen Serene Ebbhardt Daryll Heysham Jona Harvey John Harvey aka Harvey in the Morning Libby Solomon Bill Taubor Susan Wefel Rosemary Gregario George Spillane Charlie Walnut David Fiebert Mark Segal Robert Rados Richard Green Dennis and Katie Chupein Kim Garrison Julie Kaufman Adam Versani Michelle Powers Moria Rankin Ken Marini John Gallagher Sissy Reynolds John Allen Stephanie Priest Harry Hollins Morris Carnosky Phoebe Brand Van Heflin Abner Biberman Marianne Wiley Gail Cohen Nola Bonecutter Miriam Phillips Bette Lou Roselle Paul Kuhn Lee Fiero Maggie Smith Suzanne Kaaren Julia Heflin Zoran Kovcic John Barrett Stephen Stahl Derek Evans Rich and Ron Morici Ed Wilcox Debbie Moreno Alison Hull Nick Siegert Bill King John Wade Wayne McEvilly John Descono ( I know I am spelling his name wrong so someone please correct me. We have spotted him on television many times.

I’m sure I have missed many names; these are the few that I can remember with the help of a phone conversation with Gail Cohen and Robert Rados.

in memory Charlie Walnut

Monday, August 16, 2010

Top 10 How do you view movies?

1. The old-fashion way, you go to the theater and watch it on the big screen.
2. Purchase them from a retail store and own the movie.
3. Purchase for the evening from your cable company.
4. Wait till it is a free movie offer on cable.
5. Local libraries have rentals for $1 and you can keep them for 3 days.
6. Video Store, Blockbuster (no late fee is no longer in effect) .
7. Blockbuster Online.
8. Netflix’s through the mail.
9. Netflix’s instantly streamed online to your pc.
10. Hulu has mostly television shows, lifetime movies and a few older movies are available for free.

Lately, I have been visiting the local library they also have hardback and paperback books for sale cheap! Library cards are free to county residents; late fees do apply if you are late on your return. You can also order books online. If it is not available at your local library, it can be ordered for you and an available pick up time will be given.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Top 10 Cover Songs who did it best?

1. All Along the Watchtower written by Bob Dylan. I like the Dave Mason version and of course there is the Jimi Hendrix version.

Harrah's Casino in Chester 2008

2. I’d Rather Go Blind song by Etta James. Beyonce sang Etta James’ hit At Last at the Obama Inaugural Ball. Miss James was a little upset she was not asked to perform. Beyonce did an amazing job playing Etta James in the movie Cadillac Records.

3. Imagine. Elton John was brave. Imagine anyone else but John Lennon singing that song.

4. Walk the Line. Joaquin Phoenix playing the roll of Johnny Cash in the titled movie? Pretty darn good.

5. Soul Man. The Blues Brothers with lovable John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd singing Soul Man. Originally the songs was sung by Sam and Dave equally as rockin.

6. Up on the Roof written by Carole King was first recorded by The Drifters and who can forget the James Taylor version.

7. Something was written by George Harrison. Have you ever heard ole blue eyes, Frank Sinatra do it?

8. Mamma Told Me Not to Come by Three Dog Night, Randy Newman did a fun version but I saw Chuck Negron do this song in Pompano Beach in 2008 and he still rules on this song. He has a best selling book out called Three Dog Nightmare in which he speaks about his struggle with addiction. It’s a great book.

Pompano Beach, Florida 2008

9. Shana Na made a career out of cover songs. Their Woodstock performance just prior to Jimi Hendrix sky-rocketed them to fame.

10. Minds Eye View is a rocking local band that will be playing at The Paddock in Devon on August 20th starting at 9PM. They do a great job with Johnny B. Goode. Watch Chuck and Johnny Lennon do it.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Top 10 Family Amusements in our area

1. Dorney Park/Wild Water Kingdom, Allentown, PA
2. Hershey Park, Hershey, PA
3. Sesame Place, Langhorne, PA
4. Dutch Wonderland, Lancaster, PA
5. Storybook Land, Egg Harbor Township, NJ
6. Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ
7. Clementon Park/Splash World, Clementon , NJ
8. Philadelphia Zoo, Philadelphia, PA
9. Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA
10. Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Key ingredient you must have kids or merely be a kid at heart to enjoy!

These are recommendations of places I have been and have enjoyed the time with my family through the years.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Top 10 Lifeguard Competition at the Beach

1. Don’t be intimidated gentleman but it is the very first thing that ladies check for when they reach the beach. It helps to spot the safe areas to swim.
2. Not to discount the skilled and talented young ladies that are also out there protecting your life as you challenge the ocean waves but it does seem to be a man dominated occupation.
3. I can’t walk the walk or talk the talk. I can only watch in amazement and share what I have seen
4. This year was the 49th annual Long Beach Island Lifeguard tournament.
5. I have seen the competition for approximately 15 different years now. We just happened upon them most years, now it is the first thing we look for when we get to the island.
6. It’s August and the water was unseasonable cold, the temperature was 65, ask a lifeguard they can provide that information, the day before it was 57. We were told 65 was a much welcomed improvement.
7. The waves were high and the surf was rough, as you will see.
8. Lifeguards have a reputation of being the hotties on the beach, not very often are they recognized for their skills and the safety they provide.
9. If you get the whistle from a lifeguard it is a minor annoyance but they do know the seas better then you do as an occasional visitor. So it is highly recommended that you pay attention.
10. Lifeguards leave the beach when lightning appears, that means the beach is not safe and you should also leave. Most drownings occur when lifeguards are not on duty.

In the blog, if you are interested I will share slideshow pictures from the 49th Annual Lifeguard Tournament in Long Beach Island, New Jersey. Barnegat Light won this year with Harvey Cedars coming in 2nd. I won’t name the individual winners because to me they all were successful. It appears to me that crew is just as important as the competitor.

If you have trouble viewing here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwLoqFK7ENQ

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Top 10 Job Openings at the Beach

1. Sand sifter. There is money and treasures to be found buried in the sand. Must have metal detector or good sniffing out skills.
2. Weather vane man/woman must have good sense of direction and know which way the wind is blowing.
3. Tide calculator. Must determine if the tide is going in or out. Important position and may require executive decisions on where to place the beach blanket.
4. Refrigeration department must be responsible for guaranteeing there is a cold one available at all times.
5. Water tester. Must be brave enough to sample the water temperature first and report back to the rest of the crew.
6. Professional Photographer and videographer. Must possess a general interest in the crowd they are traveling with and the environment surrounding them. A bonus if you lack the desire to be in any of the pictures and want no one to know you were actually there.
7. Runner or take-out retriever. Willing to go and fetch the evening catch while the remaining group sits patiently waiting and waiting for your return.
8. Golf caddy. Needed only for miniature golf at the beach. Must be willing to chase after all those wild strokes that are way off course. Must have good sprinting skills. The people behind you are waiting.
9. Menu selector and meal planner. Must be willing to satisfy every ones tastes and possess the ability to talk up pizza when no one feels like cooking.
10. Part-time and full-time positions are available. Even a day at the beach provides an opportunity to experience and exhibit any and all of these skills.

If your vacation is over and summer seems to have come to a close just use your imagination.

Life is a beach!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Top 10 Cheering in Chester

1. I took advantage of the $15 tickets offered to Delaware County residents at PPL Park, the new soccer stadium for the Philadelphia Union, in Chester on Thursday August 5th

2. The stadium is beautiful and big. I was impressed.

3. The stadium has a capacity of 18,000 and there were 18,001 in attendance. It was a clever announcement because of course anyone and everyone thought they were that extra special one. It was a sold out crowd.

4. Parking was the only bummer. The fee was $20, more then the price of the special ticket but I am assuming it will go to capital improvements. We did find a space after driving around a bit. I didn’t think once you paid it was all that organized and the lot is dusty.
5. There were tailgaters in the parking lot. Soccer looks like an already well established pastime in Chester.

6. I missed the opening ceremony because I was stuck in traffic but will know to leave earlier next time.

7. Do not bring an umbrella even if there is a chance of rain. It is considered a weapon. Little old ladies toting an umbrella apparently presented a threat. I could have had a pistol in my pocketbook they didn’t dig but my rain cover had to go. I did see people searched but no security wands. This is just an observation. It is a sign of the times not only in Chester.

8. Almost all spectators inside were wearing some form of apparel supporting the team. The Sons of Ben carried the momentum of the game with their constant cheering and support. You will be joining in once you get the chants down.

9. The first half of the game was exciting. Columbus scored first and the Union soon answered it with a goal of their own. Le Toux the one player who has already played in the all-star game had a definite presence on the field but I have a new favorite player after going to the game. I like Fred.

10. If you have not taken the trek to the new PPL stadium in Chester get on down there and see a game you will not be disappointed and will be part of history and helping to turn around some of the bad reports that come out of the City of Chester. It was a fun evening and a friendly atmosphere.

Columbus Crew beat the Philadelphia Union 2-1 but I didn’t want to announce the bad news as being Top 10. I was proud of the city and the achievement of all those that have bought good entertainment to Chester. I grew up in Chester and will always be honored to admit it. Support this team, lest we not forget all the notable athletes that make our city a positive reflection.

Coach Peter Nowack

Friday, August 6, 2010

Top 10 Songs with a "Heart"

1. Foolish Heart – Steve Perry
2. Heart of the Matter – Don Henley
3. Hold on My Heart – Genesis
4. It’s a Heartache – Bonnie Tyler
5. In the Shape of a Heart – Jackson Browne
6. Pain in my Heart Otis Redding
7. Only Love Can Break Your Heart – Neil Young
8. Don’t let Him Steal Your Heart Away – Phil Collins
9. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart – The Bee Gees
10. Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis

Heart Disease is still the #1 cause of death in America.
The heart is fragile and can break very easily.

Disclaimer: My intention on Fridays is to share music from a public domain. There are great pieces of music that have been shared, unfortunately the emotional language can not be controlled in the comments. I do not recommend it. What I do recommend is, if you like any of these songs pay to download the songs. It is especially harder now for new artists to sell their songs. Update your anti-virus and backup your music on an external hard drive if you value your music collection.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Top 10 Beaches in the USA (the Jersey Wars)

1. LBI (Long Beach Island), NJ
2. Ocean City, NJ
3. Wildwood, NJ
4. Cape May, NJ
5. Atlantic City, NJ
6. Margate NJ
7. Brigantine, NJ
8. Avalon, NJ
9. Stone Harbor, NJ
10. North New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, Florida, on the east coast, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama on the gulf and the west coast California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii and Alaska all on their own.

In no particular order, they all seem to possess their own charm. If I forgot anyone, please add it in. Give me an ocean with a sunrise in the east, a sunset in the west and I can find contentment anywhere.

An opportunity to do a shout out.
What is your favorite beach and why?
Share a good ole memory.
If you make it too good you might be invaded and ruin the solitude.
September and October are still very beautiful days at the New Jersey coastline.
Shh shh did I just say that!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Top 10 Foods I would like to see at a breakfast buffet.

1. Fresh Fruit in season
2. Oatmeal
3. Cereal (grab them for a snack later if they come in a cute little box)
4. Make me an omelet
5. Sausage and Bacon
6. Scrambled Eggs
7. Home fries
8. Bagels and cream cheese and assorted muffins (minis are ok)
9. French Toast not the frozen little sticks
10. Pancakes (must have blueberry syrup)

Depending on the location, a local treat is always fun. California does a combo fruit (blueberries or raspberries), granola and yogurt and some have salsa, it’s good with eggs. Ireland can’t beat their brown bread and usually a slice of orange. In Massachusetts chorizo, a spicy sausage, I did not try it. Down south you have to try the grits!

Beverage selections: Coffee, Tea, 2% Milk, OJ and Tomato Juice maybe Apple Juice for the kids.

Breakfast is the best start to your day!
Most days at this restaurant it is oatmeal or cereal.
What would you like healtoo see on the menu for a healthy breakfast?
And who is cooking?

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Top 10 Pets

1. Dog
2. Cat
3. Fish
4. Bird
5. Gerbil
6. Snake
7. Pig
8. Monkey
9. Lizard
10. Turtle

Maybe yours is human. We all have creature like attributes.
I have lived with them all with the exception of a snake, pig and monkey, however my Chinese astrological sign is monkey and we all have to live with ourselves. I was a guest in the same room with a gerbil. We have also had a brief stint with the hermit crab.

Feel free to submit photos to delcotopten@gmail.com in a jpg format and I can post pictures in the blog of your favorite family pet member if you would like to share.

Monday, August 2, 2010

(Famous words of Wisdom)

1. Let me tell you something, when it comes to finishing a fight, Rocky and I have a lot in common. I never quit. I never give up. And neither do the American people.
Hillary Clinton
Speaking in Philadelphia, April 1, 2008

2. I've learned that marriage, with all its magic and misery, its contentments and disappointments, remains a mystery, not easy for those in it to understand and largely inaccessible to outsiders.
Bill Clinton
Taken from My Life autobiography

3. Sweet are the uses of adversity,
Which like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;
And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in every thing.
As You Like It, 2. 1
William Shakespeare

4. Forty for you, sixty for me. And equal partners we will be.
Joan Rivers

5. After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her.
Mark Twain

6. Love never claims, it ever gives; love never suffers, never resents, never revenges itself. Where there is love there is life; hatred leads to destruction.
Mahatma Gandhi

7. It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
Mahatma Gandhi

8. Whenever you are wrong admit it, whenever you are right just shut up!
Ogden Nash

9. If women ran the world we wouldn't have wars, just intense negotiations every 28 days.
Robin Williams

10. Marriage is like a circle of three rings and the Lord is at the center holding it all together.
Brenda Abrams

Brenda and Rusty Abrams celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary at a
surprise party given by their children Michele, Daniele and Andrew on
Saturday July 31. They are members of the Middletown Presbyterian
Church in Media, PA.

Best of luck to all newlyweds, especially Chelsea Clinton and Marc Medvinsky.