Friday, November 30, 2012

Top 10 Songs About Booze - Holiday Cheer

Chug a lug Roger Miller

Spill the Wine Eric Bourdon and War

John Barleycorn Traffic

Tequila The Champs -  old footage of the Champs Tequila

Whiskey Bar The Doors

White Winos Louden Wainwright

What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor Irish Rovers

Toutes Les Etoiles Al Stewart

Drinking Song Mario Lanza

Picasso's Last Words Drink to Me Drink to My Health Paul McCartney and Wings

REMEMBER:  Must be 21 to participate and NO DRIVING.   Know your limits! and save some celebrating for the new year.

There will be a lot of company parties coming up. Let's be careful out there to insure every one has a Happy Holiday!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Top 10 Wonderful Time of Year Things to Do

These events only happen for a limited time so plan ahead.

Historic Kennett Square Horse drawn carriage rides December 2, 9, 16 and 23rd noon to 3 p. m, Ladies Night Shopping, December 6th, Men's Shopping Night December 13th and many more events check the website.

60th Annual Washington Crossing of the Delaware River everyone knows December 25th at 1PM right? But did you know December 9th at 1PM is the full dress rehearsal. Both days events start at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p. m.  I don't know smaller crowds, its not an official holiday.  Do a 25 day weather forecast and weigh your odds.  I have it from a high authority this is an event to witness.  I met and spoke to George himself last year.

Choo Choo Barn at Traintown, U.S.A.  What is Christmas without trains? Go and get ideas and come home and set you imagination into the zone, I think I can. I think I can................

Thomas Leiper House Colonial Christmas Open House, December 16th, 1 -5 p. m. 521 Avondale Road, Wallingford, PA. There is still time to purchase tickets for the Media Holiday Candlelight House Tour December 8th.

Best Holiday Sale Ever! Community Arts Center, Wallingford, December 1 - 8.

Kitchen Kettle Village Events and Shopping in Intercourse, PA.  I love the Candle Barn here. Santa......
Kitchen Kettle Village

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree and other events Linville Christmas Around the Farm.  I highly recommend the apple cider donuts just for walking around and take another dozen home with you.  C'mon it's Christmas splurge.  I bet Santa would leave you something very special if you substitute the cookies with these, just sayin. Here is the skinny on keeping the Christmas Tree fresh and from getting dry, "water".

How to Make A Gingerbread House.  No!  I will not be demonstrating. I tried this once and I produced a crooked house. It was very frustrating, but this looks like a fine how do you do it link on Youtube click on ginger bread house above for the more instructions.  In passing I also saw How to Make Jello Shots if you fail.

Make Your Own Ornaments is a fun thing to engage the little ones in.  Many of the ornaments that adorn my tree are handmade.  I am a pro at stringing popcorn, everyone has a hidden talent.  I would show you a few but then I would have to slap copyright signs all over this blog they are originals and go all the way back to pre-school.

How to Make Paper Snowflakes from apparently a professional and someone you want on your party planning committee on Youtube.

Next week Christmas in the City ideas from Maureen, a city slicker from the city of Brotherly Love.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Top 10 Finding Frank Furness, the Architect

We all stumble upon things and people accidentally that often leads our curiosity to further exploration.  I found Frank Furness or he found me in Chambersburg, PA.  Since that chance meeting, I would like to share what I have discovered about Frank Furness.  I bet you too have driven by something designed or co-designed by Frank at one time or another in your travels.

Frank Furness November 12, 1839 - June 27, 1912.

1.  He lived in Media, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.  The Helen Kate Furness Library in Wallingford is named for his sister in law.  Frank also had a famous brother who was quite the Shakespeare scholar, the most important one of the 19th century.  The library is named for Frank's brother Horace's wife, Kate. The Horace Howard Furness Memorial Shakespeare Library and Reading Room is part of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Penn. The  Furness home in Wallingford, Lindenshade was designed by Frank in 1873, sadly, it was demolished in 1940. I did go looking for traces in Furness Park though. Frank Furness had a home Idlewild, that he built in Media. I think it is still there but privately owned.  I didn't want to trespass : ).

Wallingford Train Station, Wallingford, PA (1890)

2. Frank Furness was a decorated soldier in the civil war.  He received the Medal of Honor. I was told on my tour of Laurel Hill Cemetery that Frank carried artillery to the front lines, a dangerous job. Yes, Frank Furness is one of the reasons I went to Laurel Hill Cemetery. I have been on a quest ever since I stayed in the house that Frank built.The Ragged Edge Inn in Chambersburg, PA.

3.There seems to be a railroad connection, Frank designed quite a few railroad stations as a matter of fact the bed and breakfast that I stayed in in Chambersburg that Frank designed, Ragged Edge Inn was the home of a former railroad man Colonel Moorhead C. Kennedy, President of the Cumberland Valley Railroad.  Kennedy is another whole story in himself.  Every one seems to cross paths. Kennedy also has an affiliation to Williamson Trade School.  I am still trying to connect that dot. Monday of this week I just pieced together how Frank Furness would have built a home over two hours away from this area.  Kennedy owned a home at Rittenhouse Square and Furness did a lot of work in the neighborhood.

Glenn Mills Train Station (1882)

4. Wilson Hall at the The Haverford School on the Main Line was designed by Furness. The original idea for a grammar school came from  Mrs. Lois Cassat and Andrew Cassat her husband to create a feeder school for Haverford College. Andrew Cassat was President of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Wilson Hall, Haverford School (1901)

5. Isaiah Williamson, a Philadelphia merchant and philanthropist donated 2 million dollars just before he died in 1889 to create a trade school for poor young men.  At one time I believe the boys had to be fatherless.  Tuition to the school remains a free scholarship.  Frank Furness designed the main building.

Williamson Trade School (built between 1889-1891)

6.  I was trying to cleverly put this at six.  Frank's father, William Henry Furness became minister at the First Unitarian Church and served as minister for 50 years.  He was an outspoken abolitionist and expressed his passion from the pulpit. Frank designed the third and current building, completing it in 1886 while his father was Minister Emeritus.  Kevin Bacon (six degrees) was raised at the First Unitarian Church and had his acting debut in a holiday pageant there.

First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia (completed 1886)
7. The Merion Cricket Club is a private club on the Main Line.  It was originally established in 1865 in Wynnewood,  moved to Ardmore and now resides in Haverford.  The sixth and current clubhouse was designed by Frank Furness in 1897.  It is a beautiful and stately looking building.

Merion Cricket Club (1897)

8. The Baldwin School formally the Second Bryn Mawr Hotel just knocked me out when I saw it.  All I could say was, wow but certainly there are more descriptive and elegant words to describe this massive and intricately sculpted building.  It really does have the wow factor though stand in the center of the field and just look up at it. Your eyes can't take in all the detail at once.

9. Udine Barge Club at Boat House Row #13 along Kelly Drive in Philadelphia was designed by Frank Furness.

Udine Barge Club (1882)

10. PAFA (Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts) was designed by Frank Furrness  and George W. Hewitt, it was designated a National Historic Landmark.

Frank Furness is buried at Laurel Hill cemetery. His tomb is nothing fancy but he certainly has a room with a view as it should be for some one with such artistic imagination. 

He looks out over the Schuylkill River and he doesn't have to deal with all that traffic on Kelly Drive.  He was a man with a plan.

Frank Furness designed over 600 buildings in his career, sadly many have been demolished and one that I came across is in deep disrepair others have been renovated to their magnificent splendor.  It is not the easiest thing to find a complete list of his buildings and then track them down but it is an adventure.  He's got stuff all over the place.   If you are good, I will show you more.  Actually if I am good.  I have a total of 17 I have found so far and one I would swear a building is his but it was designed by his teacher.  It is on Broad Street.  Anybody know what it is?

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of his death and there are exhibitions all around.  Check this link for more information on the exhibitions and by all means go out and search for Mr. Frank Furness and his work.  You will be dazzled.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Top 10 In An Instant

Instant coffee

Instant decision

Instant message


Instant success

Instant download

Instantaneous change

Instant gratification

Instant life

Instant death

What I like to call in the blink of an eye.  Not so novel of a title but think about it and all the things that happen in just one instant.  Makes you want to stop and catch your breath doesn't it?

Monday, November 26, 2012

Top 10 Credits For Giving Us Thanksgiving, Sarah Hale

1. Sarah Josepha Hale.  Have you ever heard of her?  Well you should have, she is the one who campaigned to make Thanksgiving a national holiday.  Just say thanks.

2. Sarah was born in Newport, New Hampshire and for the most part was self educated.  She never had any formal schooling. She credits her brother and her husband while he was alive for helping to advance her education and wisdom.

3. Widowed after 11 years of marriage and mother of 5 children, she took to writing to support her family.

4. She wrote poetry. One you may have heard of, "Mary Had a Little Lamb". You may remember, Thomas Edison spoke the opening lines of "Mary's Lamb" as the first words ever recorded on his newly invented phonograph. Since 1956, the Richard Free Library gives out a Hale literary award in her honor.  Robert Frost was the first recipient.

5. She became editoress, as she liked to be referred to, for Godey's Lady's Book a prominent magazine in its day covering everything from fashion to home building designs, it catered to women. I have attached a link to where you can take a look at this very complete picture of the lives and times during its publication. Whereas, I will admit I have yet to read all the stories. I love the illustrations.

6. She moved to Philadelphia and made the magazine number 1 and during the civil war was very careful not to offend either side. She had a united base of readers.

Museum showcase at Laurel Hill

7. She campaigned for 17 years and finally succeeded to make Thanksgiving a National and fixed Union festival by writing to the President..  It was proclaimed so, on October 3, 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln to make the third Thursday in November, Thanksgiving Day.  He declared it again in 1864 after a reminded from Sarah J. Hale. Lincoln's successor was the first to give federal employees off making it a legal holiday. Never complain about a persistent woman again, just do it.  You will reap the rewards.

8.  Through her magazine articles and  through monetary contribution she was a huge advocate for women's rights except for voting.  She believed woman were morally above the voting process and it was nothing but men arguing and getting drunk.  That is changing but I believe woman always liked to argue.  The key is getting men to listen.

9. Sarah took part in fundraising for the Bunker Hill Monument and was a advocate to preserve Mount Vernon for future generations to enjoy.

10. Sarah Josepha Hale is buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery along with many famous and prominent male figures in history. Her gravestone is modest in comparison to the many monumental statues that adorn the landscape.  Today, I give thanks to the lady.

I choose this photograph because it illustrates the natural curiosity of women, not that men do not also possess one but it is not as often recognized in women.  I just think this photograph says it all.

Thank you Sarah J. Hale for the background.

I went to Laurel Hill Cemetery on Friday with the intend on finding the graves of two other prominent figures in history but I could not pass up the opportunity to highlight this woman, especially after the holiday weekend she gave to us all. Some went shopping, I went on a search.  I think I came home with a unique gift.  If you have the opportunity, go to Laurel Hill Cemetery.  You can tour on your own, take an audio tour with your phone or do as I did take a guided tour.  Personally I think you gather much more information when someone is telling you a story.  Our guide was superb and he has left me with many more stories to tell.  Check the Laurel Hill website for upcoming tours and events. A major event open to the "general" public on December 31st is coming up! Come and celebrate the birthday of civil war General Meade buried at Laurel Hill. It is just an amazing place.  The tour I took, Hot Spots and Storied Plots takes approximately 2 hours and walking is involved.  It is great exercise for the bodies and the mind.  The place is like a who was who in the city of Philadelphia and it was patterned that way. The rolling hills of monuments peak your imagination in design and names labeled on the headstones. Harry Kalas is the buried there! He is also a feature in the museum right now.  It is certainly not your typical cemetery.  It is filled with personalities : ).

Friday, November 23, 2012

Top 10 Thank You Songs

Thank You Sly and the Family Stone

Thank You Alanis Morrisette

Thank You Dido

I Thank You Sam and Dave

Thank You for being a Friend Andrew Gold

Thanks for the Memories Bob Hope

Thank God I'm a Country Boy

Thank You Led Zepplin

Thank You Girl Beatles

Thank you for the Pepperoni
George Harrison: guitar
Eric Clapton, Dave Mason: guitar
Carl Radle: bass guitar
Bobby Whitlock: piano
Jim Gordon: drums

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Top 10 President Lincoln and Kennedy connections

Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
John Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860
John Kennedy was elected President in 1960

Vice President Andrew Johnson who preceded Abraham Lincoln was born in 1808.
Vice  Lyndon Johnson who proceeded John Kennedy was born in 1908.

Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes Booth was born in 1839.
Kennedy's assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was born 1939.

Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theatre.
Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald in a Lincoln automobile, made by Ford.

Both Abraham Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes Booth and
John Kennedy's assassin Lee Harvey Oswald were know by three names.

Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy were both shot in the head on a Friday.

Abraham Lincoln's was shot in a theater and his assassin fled to a warehouse.
John Kennedy's assassin fired the fatal shot from a warehouse and fled to a theater.

Both wives of Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy were present when there husbands were shot.

Neither accused assassin was ever brought to justice. Both were killed before they were ever tried in court.

How many times have you heard? Abraham Lincoln's secretary's name was Kennedy
John Kennedy's secretary's name was Lincoln.  The later is true but Evelyn Lincoln never had a secretary named Kennedy that anyone can confirm. Still there is a Lincoln Kennedy connection.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Top 10 Down to the Wire, Did You?

1. Buy enough butter?

2. Defrost the bird?

3. Give the wrong time to the right people?

4. Limited time!!!  Check the brown sugar.  You have 24 hours to place it in an air tight container with a piece of fresh bread it makes it soft, so they say.  It works.  I chalk this one up to weird science.

5. Iron the table cloth? (once or twice a year, you can do it). It rates right up there with peel the potatoes.  Somebody has to do it. UGH!

6. Wash the China? Dust is not a condiment.

7. Wash the stemware?

8. Polish the silver. Okay, okay just make sure you have enough spoons for dessert.

9. Get the wine!? You deserve a break after all the preparations and absorbing all the whiners.  Is there any more gravy?

10. Buy enough turkey for leftover sandwiches?  It just isn't Thanksgiving without the next day leftovers. I suppose the Pilgrim way is to share and send every one home with a little something.

I am not a big shopper so no advice there, only stick to a budget and don't create your own fiscal cliff.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Top 10 Things To Do for the Holiday, including Shopping

November 22nd thru January 6th 2012 A Longwood Christmas also check for additional holiday events including the Garden Railway,  Fountain Shows and purchase your tickets in advance online.
November 23rd, 2013 thru January 6th 2013. The Brandywine River Museum A Brandywine Christmas  . Please check website for additional holiday events.

November 28th, Nether Providence Historical Society presents Baseball's Golden Age, 7:30PM at the Helen Kate Furness Library, in Wallingford, PA. Jim Vankoski, curator of the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum will share baseball stories following the screening of the Museum's documentary.

December 1st - January 1st Rose Tree Park Festival of Lights 5:30PM.

December 1 - 9 Fairmount Park Holiday House Tour  This is on my to do list this year.  I want to get some holiday decorating ideas for my lil mansion at home.  Check on the link for optional tours.

December 8th Colonial Plantation Christmas on Farm, Saturday,  11 a. m. - 6 p.m., last entry at 5:30PMFarmhouse decorated , Byers Choice "Farmer and Farmer's wife" available for purchase! Limited Edition carolers! Tea Tasting Wassailing the Orchard at 1 and 3 (a Plantation Tradition) Textile, woodworking, and long rifle demos Plantation Store Sale. Christmas Shopping!!!

December 8th Media and surrounding area Historical Holiday House Tour 2 - 7 p. m..  Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased at Earth & State, Media Florist, or Quincy’s Marqueting on State Street in Media, Pa. 

Dec. 8th at 5pm  Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony with Mayor Michael A. Nutter in the City of Philadelphia.

December 12, Shop at Ten Thousand Villages in Media (101-103 W. State Street) from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on  and 15% of your purchase amount will be donated to the Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC). 

December 12 Dine at Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant in Media (30 E. State Street) with a “Give 20” coupon from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. , and 20% of your food bill will be donated to the Literacy Council. DCLC “Give 20” coupons are available at Coupons cannot be distributed at the restaurant on the night of the event, so diners are asked to obtain their coupons in advance. Reservations are recommended. Iron Hill’s menu and on-line reservations are available at or by calling 610-627-9000.

Always check the links before you go in the event of a time and or date change. Happy Holidays.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Top 10 Places Lincoln's Left His Indelible Footsteps in Gettysburg

After visiting Gettysburg and seeing all the devastation and carnage,  Governor Andrew Curtin, of Pennsylvania placed Attorney David Wills in charge of the dedication of a cemetery to honor the soldiers that were killed during the three day battle at Gettysburg.  The dedication took place on November 19, 1863.  Wills invited the most popular and influential speaker of the times, Edward Everett and he also asked Lincoln to provide a few appropriate remarks.  Everett spoke for two hours.  President Lincoln spoke just over two minutes. The cemetery gave if not a proper burial a place for families to come and grieve.  It was not unusual during the civil war for a soldier who survived a battle to recount to the family in a letter, that their loved one died heroically in battle and was buried near an oak tree facing the south just west of the fence, giving families clues as to where they could come and claim the body of their loved one. At Gettysburg, there were so many and the towns people not only nursed and cared for the sick and wounded, they also had the daunting task of burying the dead.

David Wills
1. Lincoln arrived in Gettysburg from Washington D. C. at approximately 6 p.m. on the evening of November 18th into the Gettysburg station. The building also served as a field hospital during the battle as did many of the buildings and homes large enough to accommodate people. The railroad station was also the departure point for thousands of wounded soldiers heading home afterwards.

Gettysburg Railroad Station and Museum
2. A bust sculpture of Lincoln by New York artist Joseph Kelly was presented by the Lincoln Fellowship and dedicated on November 19, 1981.  It originally sat at the doorway entrance to the David Wills house. It now is located on the platform behind the station.  You have to enter the museum, which is free of charge to get to it or you can view it through the locked gates in the rear of the building.

Bust of Lincoln sculpted by Joseph Kelly at the Gettysburg Railroad Museum
3. Lincoln would have then traveled one block to the Wills home where he would spend the evening on the second floor putting the finishing touches on his speech aka the Gettysburg Address. The David Wills House is open for tours on certain days.  It was not open on the two days I was there but, inside you can view the room Lincoln stayed in and the saddle he used as he rode up the street to the cemetery. There is always something that I miss that draws me back.  I believe this would be worth seeing.

David Wills house, Lincoln's window was on the 2nd floor, 2nd to the left.
4. J. Seward Johnson Jr. created the statue of Lincoln that stands outside the David Wills house, just below the window where Lincoln made last minute corrections and additions to the Gettysburg Address. The Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania dedicated the sculpture "Return Visit", November 19, 1991.  This statue is unique in that Johnson was given a bronze life mask created during Lincoln's life time. Click on the link for additional information about this topic.

"Return Home" sculpted by J. Seward Johnson Jr.
5. The Gettysburg Address Memorial is located just inside the entrance to Soldiers' National Cemetery. This monument commemorates Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863. The Address was delivered about 300 yards from this spot along upper Cemetery drive. The site is now marked by the Soldiers' National Monument. Dedicated Jan. 24, 1912 - Sculptor, Henry Bush-Brown. There is a dispute as to the exact location where Lincoln gave the famous speech and I will have to admit at first I thought it was so important to see the exact spot. It was one of the main reasons I wanted to come to Gettysburg in the first place. I stood in front of this memorial to the speech and as I read it, I realized just what the relevance of this dedicated, consecrated. hallowed ground really was. It is not about politics or speeches.  It is about the soldiers that gave their lives and the lines that are drawn and the indelible marks disagreement, beliefs, strong wills and the fight for what is right can result in. It is a sad and at times necessary evil.
Lincoln Address Memorial

Soldiers' National Monument

6. The Pennsylvania State Monument at Gettysburg is the largest at the battlefield. The bronze base lists all the Pennsylvania soldiers, 34,530 that fought in Gettysburg and also houses 8 statues with prominent Pennsylvania citizens and soldiers along with President Lincoln.

Pennsylvania State Monument

Abraham Lincoln (sculpted by Schweizer)

7. One of the lone photographs of Lincoln on the day of the Gettysburg Address is in possession of the National Archives and in the public domain.  It is thought that it was not for lack of importance Lincoln was not photographed but no one expected such a short speech. Lincoln is pictured in the center of the platform, hat less with his bodyguard, Ward Lamon, and Governor Andrew Curtin of Pennsylvania, Lincoln's private secretaries, John Hay and John Nicolay, orator Edward Everett, and Gettysburg attorney and organizer David Wills may be among those near the president. Check out the website there is an amazing collection of many moments in history.  If you have a specific interest, do a search.

Library of Congress, Lincoln on the platform, Gettysburg.
8. Even though Lincoln was not selected as the keynote speaker at the dedication of  Soldiers National Cemetery in Gettysburg, he came for the people. The speech he made on that day still has made an indelible mark and is one of the most quoted speeches, ever. Listen to it.  You have heard the words. How many of us truly listened and understand the message?

The Gettysburg Address

9. Abraham Lincoln sculpted by Ivan Schwartz sits outside the National Military Park and Visitors Center in Gettysburg. Regardless of which way you enter the center you can't miss seeing it. To me, there is no greater monument to Lincoln than the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C., as you look up at that immense statue and read the powerful words etched into stone; however it is not very often you get to sit on a bench and look directly into Lincoln's eye and hope to see exactly what he saw "malice towards no one".  It is a quiet and humbling moment.

10. Lincoln's last stop in Gettysburg, he attended a patriotic meeting at the Presbyterian Church located at Baltimore Avenue and High Street along with John Burns.  The original church building has undergone renovations since 1863 but the pew in which President Lincoln and John Burns sat has been preserved and is marked with a bronze plaque.  The current building was built in 1963, the same year retired President Dwight Eisenhower and his wife became members. The Eisenhower pew is also marked.

Today Monday, November 19th, 2012 is the 149th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.  There will be a ceremony wreath laying ceremony at Soldiers National Cemetery at approximately 9:30 a.m.  Steven Spielberg is the planned speaker followed by James Getty as Abraham Lincoln it will be sponsored by the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania. Live coverage at . The broadcast will begin at 10 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time) and end at approximately 11 a.m.

Bonus:  There is a local Lincoln statue in Philadelphia on Kelly Drive just across from the beginning of Boat House Row. I stumbled upon it while tracking down another Civil War connection.

This weekend the Lincoln Movie opened in theaters with long lines and many sold out shows.  Maybe I was expecting another great speech or brutal reminder of the causalities of war  but this one was different.  It was a subtle reminder of the division we face in our country today only the colors have changed to red and blue. After seeing the movie, you may want to do a little more research on Thaddeus Stevens, a representative of the state of Pennsylvania and his role and influence on the 13th, 14th and 15 Amendments.  The movie is a good example of the role of politics and politicians and how they see things, not always the same way.

Tonight locally:

Middletown Township Historical Society's Middletown Mondays presents
by Darcy Fair, folklorist
Monday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Lima Estates Auditorium, 411 North Middletown Road, Media, PA .
Free and open to the public, no registration required.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Top 10 Civil War Songs Past and Present

1. Dixie Tennessee Ernie Ford

2. When Johnny Come Marching Home 
written by Patrick Gilmore

3. Battle Hymn of the Republic Mormon Tabernacle Choir

4. Bonnie Blue Flag Tennessee Ernie Ford

5. Two Soldiers Bob Dylan

6. Gettysburg Brandos

7. Billy Don't be A Hero Paper Lace

8. The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down The Band

9. Southern Man Neil Young

10. Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd

Perhaps a Battle of the Bands would have been  better idea. With all due respect for every soldier past, present and future that has and will fight for our freedom.

Read the history of TAPS at

Thursday, November 15, 2012

LBI Photographs After the Hurricane Taken November 15, 2012

Top 10 The Great American Smokeout

1. Look at it as an opportunity.

2. 1-877-44U-Quit  or 1-877-448-7848

3. How To Handle Withdrawal Symptoms and Triggers When You Decide To Quit Smoking click on the link at, take that first step, there are great suggestions here.

4. Freedom from Smoking is an American Lung Association program and here are the frequently asked questions. First of all the "basic" program is free, how much is it gonna cost is always an excuse not to do something. You can't beat free for starters. There is even a text messaging program.  I do not know how it works but it is an option, if this is for you, check it out.

6. Ways to Quit: Cold Turkey, Electronic Cigarette, Hypnosis, Laser Therapy, Acupuncture, Talk Therapy, Medication there are many options pick one or two.

7. Keep trying, be persistent. It is a battle that can be won.

8. What does smoking cost? The smoking calculator at

9. The Guide to Quitting Smoking from the American Cancer Society.

10. Be a Quitter.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Top 10 Uses for Dryer Sheets "Sheets Happen"

1. In the dryer as a fabric softener.

2. Remove dust from electronics, especially the television screen this is after it has been used in the dryer, still works.

3. Static cling on clothes. Rub the dryer sheet on the inside of the garment where it is sticking.

4. Freshen up those stinky shoes.  Have an athlete in your house?  You have stinky shoes.

5.Sachet in the unmentionables drawer.  If you use dryer sheets it is okay to mention.

6. Insect repellent, supposedly mosquitoes do not like the smell.  Next summer I am going to try it on green head flies and sell em on the beach if it works. You do not rub it on your skin, I have read you stuff it in your sleeve.

7. Remove pet hair from fabrics.

8. Soap Scum on a glass shower door. (

9. Food residue in pots and pans (I heard this one at the hairdresser and also saw it mentioned at (saving

10. Repels bed bugs and dust mites stick them between the mattress and box spring and put them in your luggage. I saw this "Natural Solutions to Things that Bug You" by Dr. Bator on an infomercial.

Disclaimer: as with anything you read on the Internet, do your own research and don't believe everything you read and don't read everything you believe get your facts correct and also make sound judgement after you have the facts.

Here are two sources I have read:
The science....Linda Wang

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Top 10 Things We Can Expect and Accept of the Season

1. Migration, look up in the sky.  It is a bird and usually several.

2. It may be too close to call but it looks like still plenty of time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Stock up on soup just in case. With a hurricane and snow already in our forecast, we will need to be ready.

3. How about geocaching?  Not familiar with the term? Well lucky for you, I just found out about it.  I don't have all the details or the rules down yet, but the basic idea I would say is treasure hunting.  There are sites all over the world and I think you can create you own, register it on the web and people find it take the "muggle" I think it is call.  No, no.  I have it all wrong don't depend on me for accurate information on this just yet for I am a muggle. #4 will explain that. I just found out! From my understanding there is some small trinket one person will leave for you to retrieve and you in turn leave something for the next person.  This is a totally free activity unless you factor in you gas to travel there.

4. I am sad to report at the time I stumbled over this (see pictured) I had no idea what geocaching was, therefore this makes me a muggle but I am a friendly one.  It just looked interesting so I opened the box and took a picture and left all contents inside.  I can report on October the 3rd when I was here all was secure on the beach in Beach Haven.  This was pre-Sandy Hurricane. Now I can only imagine I was meant to find it and here is a picture for the creator of this site. I am wondering if I was the last one to see it.  It has to be buried now.

5. No, I did not discover the hidden treasure this time. I merely made it to the top of the mountain,
PA foothills by most standards but I am alive.  Nothing like a heart pounding hike up the hill. Get out there and try it.  Talk with your doctor if you or anyone who wishes to travel with you questions whether or not that can make it up that mountain. I must say if you can, it is a moment be proud!

6. One thing about this time of year, if Mother Nature is kind to us, it is a colorful and beautiful time of year. All those leaves are coming down and someone will have to rake them.  You can use them for mulch.

7.   What a pile of pine cones?  Looks like the making of a festive wreath to hang on the front door to me.  Maybe you should have kept some of those "wire hangers", mommy dearest.  Shape the hanger into a circle and use floral wire to attach the pine cones. Add a little color to your creative imagination. Wella! Next thing you know all your friends will be calling you creative Cathy or be saying, check out Charlie.

8. That last leaf is going to fall and then it will be time to chop down an evergreen tree bring it inside, decorate it and then discard it.  I am not trying to be cynical just stating the facts. I have an artificial tree due to allergies in my house, but I love the real ones. Back in the day when I used to get a real one, we would take it down to the beach and it was used to build up the dunes.  That tradition went by  the wayside and I noticed it seemed to stop.  I am wondering if this will be a beneficial use again.  It could be way too premature to even think about that. My heart still breaks for all those people.

9. More disappointments on football the field. Yet we will all tune in because we bleed green and know, we will get em next time.

10. A free turkey at the supermarket of your choice.  Of course that is if you spend the big bucks at their store and you like turkey. Time to hunker down and prepare for the battle of the bulge, big eating and holiday cheer is on its way!