Monday, March 31, 2014

Top 10 Upcoming April 2014 Events

April 2nd Light It Up Blue for Autism. World Autism Awareness Day

Speaks Light It Up Blue

April 2-5th Wednesday - Saturday 9:00 am–6:00 pm Orchids on Display from  Longwood Gardens Orchid Extravaganza Sale will go on sale at discount prices while supply lasts in the The Garden Shop and the Visitor Center, 

April 2 - 13 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival in Philadelphia. 

April 4th and 5th Media Film Festival at the Media Theatre. Check out the selections and purchase advance tickets online.

April 5th Oliver!  2pm at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville. Movie Info Line: 610-917-0223 Theatre Offices: 610-917-1228.

April 6th at the Wayne Senior Center Antique Appraisal Event 2-5PM. Cosponsored by the Radnor Historical Society.

April 6, 2014. The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (the SAR), will proudly dedicate a monument to honor James Forten, a Black Patriot of the American Revolution. The ceremony is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at the Eden Cemetery in Collingdale, Pennsylvania.

April 6th Historic Building Tours at Tyler Arboretum 1-4pm. 

April 6th  Book signing at DCHS  John “Jack” LEMON “Black Gold - The African American Athlete at Media High School (1915-1966)”  and DR. NOBLE L. THOMPSON JR.“Never Give Up: My Struggle To Become A Doctor” 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. at the Delaware County Historical Society Museum and Research Library located at 408 Avenue of the States,  Chester, PA 19013. This event is free and open to the public.

Now through May 2014 Black Authors, Artists and Collections of Delaware County Exhibit will be on display until May 2014. This exhibit includes: Artists:  Courtlandt Craig and Fredrick West, Collections: The Nia Center’s Tribute to Black History and artist William Dandridge, The Buffalo Soldiers Calvary and Motorcycle Club, Yes We Can Achievement and Cultural Center, “YWCA Building 100th Anniversary”, African Art and Artifacts of Mae Russ Haith, The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs – Chester Chaper.Delaware County Sports Hall of Fame, Local Black History from the Delaware County and the Historical Society’s Collection : William R. Hilton – An American Hero. Delaware County Historical Society Hours of Operation: Wednesday and Friday – 9am – 4pm, Thursday – 1pm – 6:30pm, Saturday – 9am – 2pm. For further information please call 610-872-0502.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Top 10 Next Best Way to See Ireland

March is Irish Heritage Month. This was a month long labor of love to my father and the way he saw things and the things he taught me without either of us ever knowing.

I have never been to Dublin but I can take you there through my father's eyes. These pictures would have been taken in early 1990, so perhaps some things have changed.

1. One of the things I would have wanted to see if I went to Dublin was the Book of Kells at Trinity College, much to my surprise I found that it is digitized and available to view online at the Trinity College website. You can even enlarge it, the detail is astounding. While I was on the website, I saw that a researcher, Dr. Martin Barr from Trinity and St. James Hospital in Dublin won an international contest and will be featured in New York next month, read more Irish Scientist to Make New York Times Square Glow Green. The  Campanile at Trinity College in Dublin was designed by Sir Charles Lanyon (Eastbourne, England) sculpted by Thomas Kirk (Co. Cork) and finished in 1853. The Sir Charles Lanyon Memorial Prize is awarded to a final-year BSc Architecture student from the School of Architecture at Queen's University each year. Queens University is located in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

2. Identified by the blue clock, the West Front Gate at Trinity College is the Regent House.

3. Irish Parliament House, today called the Bank of Ireland, College Green is across from the West Front Gate of Trinity College. Edward Lovett Pearce a member of the Parliament was the architect. The foundation stone was laid in 1729.  He is not related to Patrick Pearce famous for the Easter Rising in 1916.  I was curious about that.

4. Screened Wall at the Irish House of Parliament reminds me of the half circular columns around St. Peter's Square in Rome. There is a slight comparison to me. Maybe it doesn't resemble it at all but that is how I envision it. It was later added to the building. The statue in the picture, I believe is Henry Grattan.

5. The Daniel O'Connell (Co. Kerry) Monument is located in Dublin. It was created by J. H. Foley, born in Dublin. He was an Irish sculptor, who studied in London. He also won the contract to design the Prince Albert statue for the Albert Memorial in London. O'Connell is know as "The Emancipator" for the Catholics.

O'Connell Memorial

Albert Memorial in London
6. The original bridge, Carlisle bridge was designed by James Gandon. He also designed the curved screen wall at the Bank of Ireland/House of Parliament building. The name of the bridge was changed in 1882 to O'Connell Bridge after it was closed for re-construction to widen it to ease traffic congestion. At the same time the statue of Daniel O'Connell was unveiled.  What interested me when I was doing all this looking up was an area along the River Liffey called Bachelors Walk.  It is one of the many quays (pronounced "key") along the river.  You know what a quay is correct? I do not know why it is called Bachelors Walk but I now know what a quay is. The building across the bridge on the corner has a big Bailey's billboard sign.  Even if you are not Irish you recognize that name. Yes, Ireland and especially Dublin is known for its pubs and my father does have a picture or two of those on the inside but I don't know where or which ones they are.  You will have to sample that yourself.

7. Molly is commemorated in a statue designed by Jeanne Rynhart, erected to celebrate the city's first millennium in 1988. Placed at the bottom of Grafton Street in Dublin, this statue is known colloquially as "The Tart With The Cart", "The Dish With The Fish", "The Trollop With The Scallops", "The Dolly With the Trolley", and "The Flirt in the Skirt". That is how Wikipedia describes her. I looked up lady with a cart statue in Dublin.

8. Fusiliers Arch was funded by the public to commemorate the four battalions (two regular and two militia) of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers that served in the Second Boer war. The Royal Dublin Fusiliers was an Irish infantry Regiment of the British Army. The arch was constructed in 1907 during changing times in Dublin and the nationalists called it Traitors Gate.  It suffered damage during the 1916 Easter Rising between the Irish Citizens Army and British troops but remains "one of the few colonialist monuments in Dublin not blown up" in Ireland's post-independence history.

9. Sphere Within Sphere by Arnaldo Pomodoro an Italian sculptor is a most intriguing piece of art I first distinctly remember seeing it in Rome and trying to figure just exactly what it was It is one interesting concept. According to Wikipedia, there are 13 of these sculptures around the world. A few years back before I realized I had seen two of them and have pictures of three of them, I googled gold ball at the Vatican and came up with some interesting sites and it is supposedly on Youtube as well.  If you plan on going to the Vatican, Palazzo della Farnesina, Rome, Trinity College, Dublin, United Nations, New York, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D. C., Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio, de Young Museum, San Francisco, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Hakone Open Air Museum, Hakone, University of California, Berkeley, Tel Aviv Universiy, Tel Aviv look for the Sphere Within Sphere. it is certainly a conversation piece and quite thought provoking. Here are the three I have pictures of:

Trinity College, Dublin Ireland

Vatican City, Rome, Italy

United Nations, New York
10. Ulysses S. Grant's ancestors lived in a home in Tyrone Co. in Northern Ireland.  We are not in Dublin anymore. The 2nd photograph is of my ancestors sitting inside the Simpson home, ancestors of Ulysses Simpson Grant.  One of my ancestors is American (my father) and the other branch of the family tree remained in Northern Ireland about 30 miles away from Grant's ancestors. Our Irish family spans over three continents now, North America, Europe and Australia. They don't always get along at home but the Irish do know how to mingle and branch out.

When I saw this photograph it reminded me of a thriller movie.  The driver, the soldier patrolling the streets, it all looks very suspicious.  I know from my experience in Ireland almost 30 years ago, you are not permitted or suppose to take photographs of the soldiers. I had a rifle pointed at me when I attempted it. I have been in the passenger seat driving with this same driver.  He was a retired postal worker and he knew the landscape. I am sure he mentioned to my father that you are not suppose to take photographs after the fact.

The driver is the designated "family tour guide", if you take a trip to Ireland.  I took his tour. We were never on a highway, usually it was a winding country road and he knew exactly where to stop to make a religious donation along the way at the most obscure spots. We started to call him Thomas the Apostle. There would never be any trouble out of him if you put a little something in the cup. Americans are or were so taken by the odd sight of a soldier patrolling the streets, you just have to take a picture to show your friends.  Who would believe such a thing happens in the 1990's? When I was there in that late 80's there were checkpoints and patrols walking along the side of a country road and snipers, ready to defend as you were stopped by a soldier asking, where you were headed and for what purpose, as you traveled through Northern Ireland.

I know quite a bit about my Irish heritage thanks to my father, the family ambassador and world explorer.  I just need to read up on my Irish history.  Discovering these pictures has been a good start for me.

To obtain more information about Ireland and its architecture you can go to  They have buildings identified all over the world. The National Archives of Ireland website has a listing of the 1901 and the 1911 census.  If you know what county and even better the town, your people came from you can find them. I have relatives that still live on the same street as my great grandparents in 1901 and I was able to find one marriage record.

The photographs were not marked just laying in a box so it took a while to figure them all out, mostly through the internet . My father had some of his photographs from other Ireland trips in an album, these were loose looking for a place to go. I finally was able to give them a home and label them for future generations. It must go down in history as another fun journey my father has taken me on. The best way of course would have been to see the "old country" with my father, unfortunately that never happened but I know each time he went back he was invigorated by the people and the places of Ireland.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Top 10 Selecting and Voting on New Jersey's Top Beaches

1. The 2014 Contest to select "Your Favorite Beach in New Jersey" ends at midnight on April 30th.

2.  Winners will be announced on May 22 and the competition ranges from Sandy Hook to Cape May.

3.  Personally, I have never met a beach or a beach town that I didn't like but let's admit we all have prejudice.

4. In addition this year there was an artist competition to paint sponsored rain barrels depicting seashore images.  Those will be on display at the NJSGC 12th Annual State of the Shore media event on May 22 and then will go on tour throughout selected beach towns and special events.

5.  Once the winners are revealed you can go online and vote for your favorite rain barrel at the New Jersey Top 10 Beaches website,

6.  There are 3 different categories this year for"Favorite Beach", Day trip. Ecology and Family Vacation.

7.  Read each category and really think about it. Vote for the one that truly fits.

8. It's no secret, my favorite beach in the whole wide world is going to be the winner, but truly anything with sand and ocean does have a peaceful appeal to me. Maybe because I know the history and just about every inch of my beach, I find my comfort zone there.

9. Recently I have been exploring more of the shore and I will admit in some of those towns, you got something there.

10.  I love My Beach for what it does for me.  It loves me back.  As soon as I get on the bridge over the bay and inhale the salt air, my shoulders drop into a relaxed state. Regardless of the winner of the contest, I hope your "best beach" does the same for you. I hope everyone gets to leave their footprints somewhere in the sand. It is a beautiful thing.

Cast Your Vote

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Top 10 Coconut Key Ingredients

Not everyone likes coconut but "if you like Pina Colada", chances are you do.  It contains cream of coconut. With or without the alcohol, it is a tempting treat.

1. Coconut water is usually derived from immature coconut palms (green ones) which generally have more of the liquid. Fermented coconut water makes a vinegar.

2. Coconut milk is often used in cooking and in making a curry sauce.  I have seen it in Thai and Indian recipes. The milk is made from squeezing the white pulp inside the coconut or running liquid through it to pick up the flavoring if I am understanding correctly.  There is a fifty fifty chance of that, sometimes I get confused.

3. Coconut oil according to wikipedia is used for frying. I know it as an ingredient in suntan lotion. One would hope it serves a different purpose for sunny days.

4. Coir the fiber from the husk of the coconut can be used for rope, brushes, door mats and mattress filling. I envision a basket or even a great bird's nest could be constructed from that stuff. As far as I have read, no one had documented that yet so "patent" on that.  Once I make a basket or bird's nest, I will share.  Perhaps, I am not that clever it was just a thought.

5. The coconut shell can be grounded down and used as an ingredient to exfoliate dead skin cells. That was not my idea but I can tell from the websites I have been on, coconut has a lot of creative uses.

6. I spent a good portion of my day tracking down "health benefits" of coconut. Some of the more recognizable names were Dr. Oz and Livestrong websites.  You can google coconut health benefits and see for yourself.  Subjects that are mentioned on the web talk about lowering cholesterol, anti-viral properties and building immunities. I have always liked coconut now I am enchanted.

7. I once had a carved out of coconut, monkey shaped bank. It was a souvenir present from Hawaii. I loved that bank. So, I guess you could consider the island memento a decoration or money in the bank. Hawaii and Florida are the only two states in the U. S. that produce coconuts but I did see somewhere that along the Galveston coast, if conditions are right the coconut palm can thrive.  Currently, the top producer of coconuts is the Philippines.

8. Even if you like coconuts, they may not like you.  It can be a food allergen. While this is rare in the U. S., the FDA requires coconut to be identified as an ingredient. According to Wikipedia which references their list from Australasian Society of Immunology and Allergy, "Coconut Allergy" ,
coconut-derived products can cause contact dermatitis. They can be present in cosmetics, including some shampoos, moisturizers, soaps, cleansers and hand washing liquids. Those known to cause contact dermatitis include: coconut diethanolamide, cocamide sulphate, cocamide DEA, CDEA, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauroyl sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, sodium cocoyl sarcosinate, potassium coco hydrolysed collagen, triethanolamine laureth sulfate, caprylic/capric triglycerides, triethanolamine lauryl or cocoyl sarcosime, disodium oleamide sulfocuccinate, laureth sulfasuccinate, and disodium dioctyl sulfosuccinate.[79] I found some of these ingredients in my liquid hand soap and my shampoo just for starters.  I am not allergic, but I found it quite interesting.  Coconuts, amazing!

9. President John F. Kennedy kept a coconut on his desk in the Oval Office.  The coconut was from his days in the Navy when he was stranded on an island after the PT109 incident.  He carved a message in the coconut and natives took it to aid in the rescue.

The message read, 
After the president's death the desk along with the coconut went on tour and I saw it as a young child, somewhere in Philadelphia.  I remember the SOS coconut and the door below in the center from that famous photograph of John Jr. playing in the Oval Office. You can find that photograph and a photo of the coconut at the website. I think it was a class trip I took. Does anyone else remember seeing the exhibit and where in Philadelphia it was located?

10. Coconut Palace in Manila was built in 1978 by request of First Lady Imelda Marcos.  Francisco Manosa was the architect who designed the Coconut Palace. Much of the interior and exterior is made from the "Tree of Life", the coconut.  The palace now serves as the office and home of the Vice President of the Philippines. It sounds like a fascinating place.

So, I Googled "National Coconut" figuring there had to be a council on it but we are not a top producer so it looks like that is a negative, but March 13th was National Coconut Torte Day, look up those recipes. National Coconut Custard Pie Day is May 8th. Coconut also makes a good filler to represent snow while making a gingerbread house but at this point I don't think anyone wants to talk about snow anymore.Try adding coconut into the frosting on that upcoming bunny cake you will be making for the holidays. It gives a nice bunny fur impression flair and you must use jelly beans for the eyes.

Watching that snow outside just think coconut!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Top 10 March Fun for All Ages

March 28th - April 6th 24th Annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest in Reading, PA. Get your tickets now.
March 28th - April 13th The Centre Theatre and Iron Age Theatre present Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize Winning Play, "Buried Child". Now playing Friday and Saturday evening at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm thru April 13th. Ticket info.

March 29th Play-A-Palooza Grand Opening 12-3pm, Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse 3500 Reservoir Drive, East Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA. Raindate Sunday 30th 12-3pm.

March 29th Kick off event for The Overnight Walk to Prevent Suicide, Out of the Darkness.  The walk will be in June, this is an informational gathering. This event will be held at Lloyd Hall, Boat House Row in Philadelphia 12-2PM.

March 29th Opening Day at Colonial Plantation-The Best our Pretty Farm Affords Saturday 11-5pm.

March 29, 2014, the Sixers will host the first official Special Olympics PA Celebration Night at the 76ers. The Sixers may not be doing so great on the court but they still do great things for the community.

March 29th Seed Starting Class 11-11:30am and Family Fun Fishing Derby 9am to 3pm at Linvillla Orchards. This is Linvilla's 100th Year Anniversary.

March 29th and 30th "Surviving the Wild" 10am - 2pm at Tyler Arboretum.

March 29th Scott's Arboretum at Swarthmore College Campus "Arboretum Highlight Tour" 10-11:30am. Inclement weather, tour will be cancelled.

March 30th Opening Season for Trout Fishing at Newlin Grist Mill.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Top 10 Women's NCAA Basketball Final Picks

I am picking

First Round South East to Win: U Conn, St. Joe's, Nebraska, Gonzaga, Texas A and M, DePaul, duke,South Carolina,Oregon,Michigan State,North Carolina,Dayton,Penn State, Florida State, Stanford.

First Round North West to Win: Notre Dame, Arizona State, FGCU, Purdue, Syracuse, Wright State, Forham, Baylor, Tennessee, St. John's, Penn, Maryland, Marist, Louisville, LSU, West Virginia.

Second Round South East to Win: St.Joe's, North Carolina State,Gonzaga, Duke, South Carolina, North Carolina, Dayton, Penn State, Florida State, Stanford.

Second Round North: West Notre Dame, Purdue, Syracuse, Baylor, Tennessee, Maryland, Louisville.

Regionals South East: St. Joe's, Duke, South Carolina, Stanford

Regional North West: Notre Dame, Baylor, Maryland, Louisville

National Semi Finals South East: St. Joe's, Stanford

National Semi Finals North West: Notre Dame., Louisville

Final St. Joe's, Louisville

Winner: I am going with Louisville

I picked Villanova on the Men's side, so thanks to UConn I will not be going to that dance but Cinderella isn't putting away the prom dress yet.

Good Luck Ladies!

Congratulations to the UConn Ladies Basketball Team! 
UConn 79 - Notre Dame 58
It is the 9th National Title for Connecticut
I didn't get this one right either! 
Maybe next year I can say yes to the dress : )

Friday, March 21, 2014

Top 10 Selection of First Women in History

 In honor of Women in History Month, here are a few standouts.

1587 Virgina Dare is the first person born on American soil to English parents on Roanoke Island. She was a member of the "Lost Colony", a story all its own.

1614  Pocahontas's marriage to Rolfe was the first recorded interracial marriage in North American history. It was her second marriage. On April 5th you can witness a reenactment a Jamestowne on their 400th Year Anniversary.

1762 Ann Franklin was the first female newspaper editor in America.  She was the sister-in-law to Ben Franklin.

1850 Harriet Tubman was the first American woman to run an underground railroad to help slaves escape. Some scholars label her the "Queen of the Underground Railroad".

 1865 Florena Budwin is the first known woman buried in a national cemetery.  Her grave can be found at the Florence National Cemetery in South Carolina. She was a Union Army soldier from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with an interesting story into the roles and presence of woman in the civil war.

1870 Louisa Ann Swain was the first woman in the United States to vote in a general election. She cast her ballot on September 6th, 1870, in Laramie, Wyoming.

 1903: Marie Curie, first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physics; she shared the prize with Antoine Henri Becquerel and Pierre Curie and in 1911, Marie Curie, was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

1983 Sally Ride was the first American woman in space on June 18, 1983.  The first woman in space, June 16, 1963 was Russian cosmonaut Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova.  She was a flag-carrier of the Olympic flag in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

1987: Aretha Franklin, first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That is some R E S P E C T.

2014 Lauryn Williams is the first American woman to win a medal in both the Summer and Winter Olympic games. On February 19, 2014 Williams along with Elana Meyers won the silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games as part of the U.S. Olympic 2014 women's bobsled team. She took silver in the 2004 Olympics is track and field and she was born in Pennsylvania, she's got it all going on, as a piece of Pennsylvania pride.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Top 10 Things To Put A Little Spring in Your Step

Get Outside and Walk

Vitamin "D'" the Sunshine Drug once the rain gets outta here.

Barbeque Grilling.

It's Melting.

Buds on the Trees.

Bulbs are peeking their heads out.  I saw them.

No snow in the 10 Day! Maybe that is not exactly true, but there is a chance.

Start planning the gardens.

March Madness will turn to someone's gladness.

We have all been in Spring Training. We can do this.

It may not happen over night 
but take a deep breath Spring is in the Air, 
even if snow is still on the ground.

One day at a time.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Top 10 NCAA 2014 Tournament Bracket Picks

1. Second Round: South and East: Florida, Colorado, VCU, UCLA, Ohio, Syracuse, Stanford, Kansas, Coastal Carolina, George Washington, Harvard, Delaware ,North Carolina, 
North Carolina Central,St. Joe's, Villanova.

2. Second Round West and MidWest: Arizona, Gonzaga, Oklahoma, San Diego, Nebraska, Louisiana-Lafayette, BYU, American, Cal Poly, Kansas State, St. Louis, Louisville, Massachusetts, Duke, Arizona State, Michigan

Update: 3/21 from 3/20 games moving on
Second round winners so far
Harvard (I am still in)
Syracuse (I am still in)
Florida  (I am still in)
 Michigan State
Michigan (I am still in)
Saint Louis (I am still in)
North Dakota State
 Villanova (I am still in)
Louisville (I am still in)
San Diego State (I am still in)
8 correct out of 16 games played I am not mad yet : )
Update 3/21 afternoon
 Stanford (I am still in)
Arizona (I am still in)
2 out of 4 I am fading but the night is young.

3. Third Round:South and East Florida, UCLA, Syracuse, Kansas,George Washington, Delaware very hard choice between St. Joe's and Nova both being local teams. I feel a little like Solomon. I am going with Villanova but I won't be sorry if St. Joe's goes the distance.

4. Third Round: West and MidWest:Arizona, San Diego, Louisville-Lafayette, BYU, Kansas State, St. Louis, Duke, Michigan

5. Regional Semifinals South and East:  UCLA, Kansas, Delaware,Villanova

6. Regional Semifinals West and MidWest:San Diego, BYU, St. Louis, Michigan

7. Regional Finals: South and East: Kansas,Villanova

8. Regional Finals: West and MidWest: San Diego, Michigan

9. National Semi Finals: Villanova and Michigan

10. Champion Villanova

4/2/2014 Update
Final 4 Game April 5
Final April 7

U Conn

Hoops there it is!

For the record, it is anyone's guess
that is what March Madness is all about.

Good luck to all the teams that made it to the dance.

The Method to my Madness,
its all in the name just like I pick the ponies.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Top 10 Steps to a Irish Feast for Foodies

1. Put on a pot of tea.

2. Start your day with a scone. Treat yourself right.

3. Pace yourself through the day.  You want to save yourself for later.

4. Snacking is permitted on holidays, if you didn't give it up for Lent. Note to self, give up doing dishes or laundry or something that will not interfere with the holiday celebration.

5. Boil a good size piece of corn beef in the biggest pot you have.  Make sure the meat is covered.

6.  Don't watch it, time it. Let it bubble for about two hours. The meat usually comes with a secret packet. Everyone can use a little spice.

7.  Now the work begins.  Wash and chop six potatoes, peel, wash and chop five carrots, wash and snap about 2 pounds of green beans.  Boil an additional hour. Unless you have a really large pot, you are up to two pots now. Just divide it up between the two.  The more the better.

8.  You are working too hard, pause and have a snack.

9. Someone has had too much snack. I think I am seeing green.  As we all know jealousy is not a good Irish trait. Have another snack.

10. You have just created an Irish feast, now relax and enjoy. Let the leprechauns do the dishes. If you are lucky there will be leftover corn beef for a sandwich, but we all know the luck and appetites of the Irish.


Here is a simple Irish Potato recipe. The hard part is not eating them all yourself.

4oz. cream cheese and 1/4Tbsp. of butter separately
blend together
mix in
 1 box 16oz. confectioners sugar
stir in
1bag 7oz. coconut
form into small potato shapes
roll in cinnamon

Courtesy of Mr. Jim Kelly, a true Irishman.
God rest his soul.
These are good.
and the corn beef and cabbage?
I always have 'em coming back for more.

Happy Belated St. Patty's Day!
March 17th, 2014
a snow delay.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Top 10 Upcoming March Events

March 17th St. Patrick's Day when everyone is Irish. Wear green. 

March 17th Paycheck to Paycheck "The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert" premiers at 9 pm. on HBO.  A documentary on the challenges of the working poor women in the United States.

March 18th and 19th Opening Rounds for March Madness Hoops.

March 18-20 The 31st Annual Elder Week at Delaware County Community College. Deadline for Registration is March 14th. 

March 18th The Springfield Historical Society presents a slideshow of The Many Lives of the Lazaretto from its inception in 1801, a Quarantine Station and hospital to the Orchard Club where the Philadelphia Athletic Club members encamped summers until 1913 and lastly a flight school and early seaplane base.  Bill Moller from the Tinicum Historical Society will give the presentation, 7:30 pm. at the Springfield Township Building.

March 19th Join the Newtown Square Historical Society 7:30 pm. at the Dunwoody Auditorium 3500 West Chester Pike in Newtown Square for a lecture on the First Ladies of the United States by Barbara Falini.

March 20th First Day of Spring. Seriously or is this just a rumor?

March 20th - April 13th the National Cherry Tree Festival with numerous activities in Washington D. C.

March 22 Special Olympics Central Bowling Sectional Harrisburg and Mechanicsburg, PA.

March 22 Pennsylvania: Where Abolition of Slavery Started in 1668. lecture at Middletown Free Library in Lima at 1PM. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Top 10 Acceptable Lenten Meals

 Back when I was a child, we had a standard meal plan on Friday Nights during Lent. I would imagine many people can relate.  There was not a whole lot of choice or decisions. Were these items on your menu??

1. Fish sticks (the standard) I am sure you can trust the Gorton fisherman but my family always stuck with Mrs. Paul's. Did you know the idea of Mrs. Paul's came from a local bar in Philadelphia?

2. Frozen Deviled Crabs were also a delicacy on occasion during lent. Yes, there is a difference between crab cakes and deviled crabs but it is not a sin to eat either one.  They are both sinfully delicious in my opinion.

3. I am constantly amazed at all the different shapes that Mac and Cheese comes in now. It is no sacrifice. It is pretty darn fun to eat!

4. Grilled Cheese was always basic but chefs now can add mustard, tomato, pickle, anything your heart desires as long as meat is not included.

5. Frozen French Fries with piles of ketchup were a favorite. Sometimes Granny cut up potatoes and made her own aka fresh french fries.
6. Baked Beans with butter on white bread, it could be a meal. Nowadays it could be a meal that costs ya with the butter, the bread and the beans. Oh the calories you never worried about as a child, such a transgression.

7. Pepper Hash was a treat from the fish market. I don't even know what it was but I liked it, probably because it was a treat.

8. There was a fish place down in Chester, my memory could be wrong but I think it began with an "S" usually when my mind identifies in this way there is most definitely an "s" in there somewhere.  It was a treat to go there and get take out fried fish on Fridays in Lent and I always rode along with my father for pick up. These were very special days. I came to love fried oysters from going there and love them to this day. Yes, we all know now, baked is better.

9. The other really big treat and it was on occasion was PIZZA from Giuseppe's in Woodlyn. It must have been tomato pie.  All I can remember was the sauce or was it gravy.  It was fabulous.  Does anyone remember Giuseppe's pizza and sauce? It was absolutely the best!

10. Why is it that Friday's in lent is when the office is planning on cheese steaks and hoagies for lunch?  Those heathens! You can always get a cheese hoagie.  I ate one once, that was enough for me. Tuna hoagie's aren't that bad and there is always egg salad.  I don't think I could handle an egg salad hoagie though.

Bon Appetit

Go Fish

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Top 10 Joes we all know

Top 10 Joes We All Know

Can you recognize who these nicknames refer to?

1. Broadway Joe

2. Joltin Joe

3. G. I. Joe

4. Smokin Joe

5. Sloppy Joe

6. Comeback Joe

7. Bazooka Joe

8. Shoeless Joe

9. Joe Boxer

10. Hey Joe

Answers found below but not in order.

Joe Frazer, Bubble Gum Comic Character, Joe Jackson, Jimmie Hendrix song, Joe Montana, Action Figure, Joe Namath, Underwear Brand currently owned by Iconix, Joe DiMaggio, a sandwich.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Top 10 My Favorite Chinese Fortune Cookie Sayings 2014

1. You cannot become rich except by enriching others.

2. When you feel defensive examine what you fear.

3. Be a good sport and you can't fail.

4. Accident is the mother of invention.

5. Stay true to yourself.

6. You will always see light after darkness.

7. With our thoughts, we make our world.

8. In prosperity, our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.

9. The human body was designed to walk, run, or stop; it wasn't meant for coasting.

10. Knowledge is power.

Last week a woman won the Powerball by using the numbers from a fortune cookie. Number 10 seemed to work in her favor. Make sure you check out those numbers. The sayings can be valuable and perhaps the numbers powerful.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Top 10 Upcoming March Events

March 12th Rittenhouse Square Flower Market for Children's Charities is celebrating "A Century of Helping Philly Love Kids." at the Philadelphia City Institute Library (located at 19th and Locust Street in Philadelphia) from 6:00PM to 8:00PM, the Flower Market will host an anti-bullying event that is free and open to the public.
March 13 Thornbury Historical Society Rediscovering 18th Century Furniture with Wendy Cooper. Curator Emerita of Furniture at Winterthur Museum. At the "Old Mill" 7PM on Brinton Lake Road. Free and Open to the Public.

March 13th "A Cup of Chocolate for the King", English Food Historian discusses the Chocolate Kitchen Restoration Project that recently opened in Hampton Court Palace in England, sponsored by the Newlin Grist Mill, presented at the Rachel Kohl Library at 6:30PM.  Free and open to the public.  Pre-reservations requested at or by calling 610-459-2359.

March 14th Women of Ireland 7:30 pm at the Upper Darby Performance Arts Center in Drexel Hill. Tickets $26-$32.

March 15th Discover A. C. T. Day (Arts and Culture for Teens) will be held at the University of the Arts, Hamilton Building, 320 South Broad Street (Corner of Broad and Pine) in Philadelphia from 1-4PM. This event is sponsored by Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance’s STAMP program and the University of the Arts Pre-College Program.

March 15th Hearth Cooking at the 1696 Thomas Massey House Lawrence Road in Broomall. Prepare and enjoy a late winter/early spring meal. Pre-registration required contact Clarissa Dillon 610-642-4269.

March 15th is Ancestry Day in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Ancestry Day attendees are invited to attend a full day of events at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on Friday,

March 15, from 9:00am-3:30PM at Moore College of Art and Design located at: 20th Street and The Parkway in Philadelphia. 11th Annual Women and Influence Conference. Registration is required.

March 16th Saint Patrick's Parade in Philadelphia.  It is the second oldest in the United States.

March 16th is Selection Sunday for March Madness.  The first game is March 18th.

Now through March 16th the SXSW is taking place in Austin, Texas.  Keep up with the latest and greatest at


Monday, March 10, 2014

Top 10 Best Concert of the Year Highlights Simon and Sting

I did not get any good pictures, I was too far away, but it didn't stop me from trying and dreaming. I included a few at the end of the blog. Check YouTube I bet people in the front row got great stuff.

1. Tickets $80 a piece for nosebleed section plus an additional $3 for FF(?) future fun? Parking was $20 at Wells Fargo in Philadelphia, PA. Total $106 if you add a beer each $12 x 2 more $24 = $130.

2. Both Musicians entered the stage together and started out with one of my favorite Sting songs "Brand New Day".

3. Paul Simon did the introductions, mentioning there would be two lead singers. There were actually two back up bands and one female backup singer also. Incoherent shout outs were translated by Paul Simon and he said, he was glad to hear,  I love you Paul and I love you Sting.

4. I can't recall how many songs were shared but then Paul Simon left the stage and Sting played some of his songs. I do remember Paul Simon mentioning he would be singing one of his favorite Sting songs, "Fragile".  It is one of my favorites as well. He did a fantastic job with it.

5. Sting shared a story about his humble beginnings in the states, renting a station wagon and driving cross country and he recalled, his band (The Police) played at Grendel's Lair in Philadelphia. He mentioned Ed Sciaky (Shock ee), a name familiar to the crowd. He then went into the Paul Simon tune "America".

6. Paul Simon returned and if I have it right, they shared a song again or one of them did another ones song and then Sting gracefully left the stage and Paul Simon played his songs. As each artist progressed through the evening it was as if they were stirring the pot and building on each others power. The exchanging of songs was just as impressive as when they did their own music.

7. There were no huge egos from these "big" stars they were just having fun and that energy was spread to the audience.  As we left the building, you could easily tell, all could have stayed for an additional 3 hours more but were well satisfied by the performance received on Friday night.

8.  If you go to you can view the songs that were played and a few of the links have actual footage of the concert and other locations uploaded. I should have taken notes because I can remember the experience but not retain the actual song details. Thank goodness someone did.

9. Each artist had their own band with them and they played together "two drummers" on some of the songs and each member of the bands seemed to get a featured part.  It was an incredible cast of musicians.  I looked for all of their names and I am sure it is out there on the net, but I could not find it. I do remember them acknowledging the guys in the band that were local Andy on sax, C. J. from Millville and another on Paul Simon's side from Trenton and later the drummer from Sting's side also from Pennsylvania. At one point a washboard was attached to one of the performers chest as he and many of them demonstrated their multi-talented skills playing different instruments throughout the night.

10.The concert ended with duet of an Everly Brothers song "When Will I Be Loved". Sting's music has always been my "Bridge Over Troubled Waters", combine that with Paul Simon and "Every Little Thing They Did Was Magic".

What a GREAT concert!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Top 10 National Day of Unplugging March 7


 Are you social?



What no email response? Better text them.

Maybe they are on Facebook.

I should Linkedin to them and see who else they may be talking to instead of answering my email.

Foursquare tells me they were there.

Tweet that.

This is My Space!

Sometimes with all these technology advancements, there is just too much information.  

What could you give up for lent? 

Sounds selfie but meat is looking like a piece of cake.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Top 10 Ways of Coping with the Winter Weather

1.  I may be in the minority now, but I still like the winter weather we are getting. The ground hog said, six more weeks, but remember he only had a certain parameter to work with.  The Farmer's Almanac website was spot on the first week of February.  It says, the first week of April is going to be momentous as well, followed by unseasonably warm and then a cold snap.

2.  There has been fewer of those gloomy gray days this year. The white stuff has added a little color. Many events, school days and especially work days have been cancelled but it has been busy with shoveling and trying to keep warm. We were lucky not to have lost power.  I feel for those that did.  You never know what to prepare for. It has certainly been eventful.

3.  Looking out the window has been a delight in my opinion.  I like the landscape blanketed in snow.

4. The weather reminds me of my youth, when I would anxiously await my number on the radio and roll over in delight once we were called, I smiled. I'm not so sure at what expense and where my delight would end if my spring break was shortened and my school year extended. Even at my mature age, I believe every one deserves a break and I would not be a fan of year round school, unless it was broken up fairly.

5.We moved after third grade and my house, was right next to the school yard so I had a little insider knowledge.  If I heard the plows, I would groan. I guess I better get up and get dressed.

6.  I was never into the more exotic winter sports and I don't think snowboards were even invented yet but I was an "American Flyer" in my sled, down the snow filled hills of Chester Park. How come sleds are not part of the Winter Olympics?  It took skill to balance and steer those babies and the talent came in knowing just when to roll off. A tree or maybe a not so frozen pond could be coming up. Uncle Jimmy was driving one time and we just missed dumping into Chester Creek. He said. "bail" and I did.

7.  I'm thinking that crime has to be down but confess to not having the statistics. The getaway has to be a challenge in the unusual weather conditions we have had this year, unless you are equipped with dogs and a sled or a snowmobile.

8. Families are spending more time together stuck in the house.  More communication has to be going on.  How are you doing?  What are you doing?  We can all skip where are you going?  Nowhere in this weather.

Don't let them fool you, residents in the south know how to handle the snow in February 2014.

9.  I remember when a good snowball fight was the norm, while it was not always planned that way it was usually girls vs boys. Don't get me wrong, there were sometimes announcements and warnings and different teams were picked, but surprise attacks were the best. Girls are always planners. Today that might be conceived as bullying because we did send a few boys home crying. Our forts and our aim were good, especially when a boy started mouthing off or teasing.  I hated the snow down the back of your neck in an ambush.  It still sends shivers, don't try it. We only went inside on occasion for hot cocoa and thawing the gloves on the radiator. I loved our radiators.  In the dining room, we had a big one in front of the window.  It was a great place to sit and watch the snow fall and drink the cocoa. The boots stayed by the front door on the plastic runner that always came out to protect the carpet during inclement weather. I still remember the noise the ridges on that plastic made. An occasionally piece of ice was still caked to your pant leg after you removed you snow pants layer and if it dropped and a parent stepped on it, you may have had to stay inside until your antsy got on their nerves and they released you back into the wild again.

10. Granted the winter wonderland does seem to be taking a particular fondness to us this winter but we don't typically get this much snow. I think it has been a refreshing taste of , and at times plate full of, the marvels of nature. If you can't control something you learn to work with it and enjoy it while it is here.  Like everything else we often take things for granted while we have them, and miss them when they are gone. Soon enough we will start to hear the complaints, it's too stinking hot. You can always brush up on your culinary skills (male and female) and whip up some comfort foods, if only hot chocolate, you will need marshmallows.  'Cause baby it's cold outside. It's winter. Enjoy it while it is here! Dig out some memories or go make some new ones today. Remember the fun.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Top 10 March Awareness Month

1. March 3-9 is MS Awareness Week.  You can find helpful local resources and support at  Greater Delaware Valley Chapter and  also upcoming local events at various location April 27, May 3rd and May 4th.

2. Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Colon Cancer:
March 5th is Colon Cancer Survivor Day.   
March 6th 12:30 -1:30PM Everything You Need To Know Google Hangout #hangoutonair. March 7th is Dress in Blue Day to show awareness.  
March 7th is National Screening Day. When caught early colon cancer is 90% treatable.

3. Healthy Futures Month 
March has been designated Healthy Futures Month for the 
AmeriCorps 20th Anniversary celebration.

5.  Eye Donor Month

6. Hemophilia Month

7.  Music in Schools Month

8. National Endometriosis Awareness Month
An estimated 6% to 11% of women of childbearing age in the United States 
have endometriosis.
Diabetes and High Blood Pressure are leading causes of Kidney Disease.
Take an online "Are You at Risk" Quiz at the National Kidney Foundation website.
30th Annual Kidney Ball will take place on March 8th in Philadelphia.

10.   Poison Prevention Awareness Month

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Top 10 Early March 2014 Events

Today is March 4th Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras the last day of carnival.

March 5th Ash Wednesday the first day of Lent.

Now through March 8th 2014 USA Curling National Championship will be held at Ice Works in Aston.

Now - January 4th, 2015 Costumes of Downton Abbey Exhibit at Winterthur.

Now - March  9th The Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
March 4th Railroads of King of  Prussia, Winsor Room of the Radnor Memorial Library 7:30 PM.(Snow Date March 11th)

March 5th First Annual Colon Cancer Survivor Day.

March 7th Dress in Blue Day to raise Awareness for Colon Cancer.

March 7, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Volunteer Open House Opportunities Tyler Arboretum.

March 7 - 16 Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

March 9th Brandywine Battlefield Park Opens for the Spring Season "Chart Day" Noon - 4 PM.

and a little advanced notice, the first day of spring is March 20th.

I don't like to use the term "new normal" but we all know to check the website link before venturing out due to weather conditions and cancellations, correct? Virtually speaking.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Top 10 Salutes to Seuss

Quick name 10 Dr. Seuss Books. Don't peek.

Okay now you can look.  How did you do?

1.Here are the ones I came up with, Cat In The Hat,The Cat In The Hat Comes Back, Green Eggs and Ham,The Foot Book, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Oh The Places You Will Go,The Thinks We Can Think (one of my favorites), Hop On Pop, Horton Hatches the Egg, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.

2. Seuss published 46 children's books and up to 60 in all under different names.

3. Theodor Seuss Geisel was married twice but never had any biological children of his own.

4. Dr. Seuss's honors include two Academy awards, two Emmy awards, a Peabody award, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, and the Pulitzer Prize.

5. Dr. Seuss has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

6. For books that Geisel wrote and others illustrated, he used the pen name "Theo LeSieg". "LeSieg" is "Geisel" spelled backward. He also used the name Rosetta Stone on one collaborations and Theophrastus Seuss in college.

7. His last book, published the year before his death, was Oh, the Places You'll Go!,

8. He never received the Caldecott or Newberry Medal Award for Children's Literature.

9. He graduated from Dartmouth and went on to Lincoln College, Oxford to earn his PHD but never completed it..  He later received an honorary doctorate from Dartmouth. He added the title Dr. to his name because his father always wanted him to be a doctor.

10. While he was attending Dartmouth he was caught drinking gin with other classmates and had to resign all extra curricular activities including the humor magazine where he had risen to the editor-in-chief. He went on writing under the pen name Seuss and from what I have read we all pronounce it incorrectly. Instead of it rhyming with juice it should rhyme with voice.

 Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2nd, 1904.

Happy Belated 


to Who and You!

It was also National Read Across America Day!

It is not too late to catch up on your reading.

Most of the Dr. Seuss collection is for the beginner reader.
It is a fun place to start.

All information about Dr, Seuss was obtained at Wikipedia, there are more interesting facts, check it out.