Friday, November 28, 2014

Top 10 Places to Recognize Native Americans

Great Minquas Path  went from the Susquehanna River to what is now Philadelphia, on the Schuylkill River.

1. Lancaster County (link) to a description of this location in Gap, PA on Route 30 between 897 and 41.

2. Chester County (pictured) located at Route 322 (High Street) and Church Avenue in West Chester






3. Delaware County (pictured) Rose Valley Road and Traymore Road in the borough of Rose Valley near Hedgerow and he Old Mill.




4. Philadelphia (link) to a description of this location Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Island Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Main Street.


5. The Point of View bronze sculpture by James A. West, located on the Grand View Scenic Byway looks over the Three Rivers that connect in Pittsburgh. It.represents the meeting between George Washington and Seneca leader Guyasuta, once allies, then veterans on opposing side in the French and Indian War.





6. Ghost in the Head is a Native American re-enactor that I saw in July in Monroeville, PA. He travels around to educated people on the customs of the Huron Indians. He talked about face paint and jewelry and the pouch that Indians travel with, their chi. 



He built the traditional dome shaped wigwam Indian shelter on a frame of tree branches covered with the leaves of cattails.



7. Trail of the Whispering Giants statue can be found in Ocean City, Maryland down by the big boardwalk parking lot. The monument was carved from a 100 year old oak. The monument was a gift from Peter Toth to Maryland and represent the Assateague Indian. The Assateagues were a sub-tribe of the Nanticokes both spoke a dialect of the Lenapes or Delaware Indian. Toth has over 70 monuments and plans to have one in every state to pay homage to raise the nation's consciousness as to the plight of Native Americans. Here is a link to some of his other carvings. Pennsylvania has two of his works, one in Sharon, PA and Williamsport, PA. 




8. An Indian Monument in Tuckerton, NJ was moved here from its original location in Camdem.  This blogger link bassriverhistory.blogspot.com has a more complete explanation of the statue. 

IN MEMORY OF OUR BROTHERS
WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
IN THE WORLD WAR  1917-1919
MEMORIAL TO ALL MEMBERS
IMPROVED ORDER OF REDMEN
GREAT COUNCIL OF NEW JERSEY
DEDICATED OCTOBER 13, 1920
CAMDEN, N.J.
REDEDICATED MAY 21, 1981
TUCKERTON, N.J.





9. This newspaper clipping of Geronimo is part of the Christian Sanderson collection at the Sanderson Museum located at 1755 Creek Road, in Chadds Ford.  Chris made a note that he actually saw this noted Indian twice at the St. Louis World's Fair and Teddy Roosevelt's Inauguration.  Also in the collection you can see the signature of Sitting Bull 3 weeks before he was killed.  The Sanderson Museum has many amazing artifacts.





10. Lewis and Clark led the Corp of Discovery on an Expedition funded by Thomas Jefferson to find the Northwest passage to the Pacific Ocean. It was a successful journey even though they discovered there was no true waterway connection. It would not have been possible without the help of Native Americans along the way and Sakakawea, a Shoshone Indian woman played an integral part in this accomplishment.  A statue of Sakakawea is located in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.

Photo courtesy of Architect of The Capitol

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Top 10 Things to Learn from William Penn and Native Americans about Peace

1. The Penn Treaty tradition holds, took place between William Penn, a Quaker and Tamanend, a chief of one of the clans that made up the Lenni-Lenape nation in the Delaware Valley. Tamanend is holding the Wampum Belt. This diorama can be found at Arch Street Friends Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.



2. Penn was fond of his Indian neighbors and they returned the compliment. He treated them as equals and they were as welcome in the rich halls of Pennsbury as any of his other guests.  The Lenape were constantly amazed by the Governor's vigor and strength during exploration trips he sometimes made along the Delaware River and its tributaries. (Illustrations and descriptions are from Pennsbury Manor, William Penn's home).



3. The Delaware Indians were Algonquins.  Their name, Lenni-Lenape meant "real men" or "native men". They loved the rich land along the river and the men hunted the forests, the women tilled the fertile soil and the children played along the banks of the beautiful river.  These are Lenape sites along the river. The present site of Trenton would be just above the top of the map, Philadelphia just below the bottom frame.  We are showing Indian site surrounding Pennsbury Manor in lower Bucks County. (Illustrations and descriptions are from Pennsbury Manor).



4. Penn Treaty Park located at Columbia and Beach Streets in Philadelphia is believed to be the location where the treaty took place under the Great Elm Tree between William Penn and area Native Americans.



5. THE GREAT ELM OF SHACKMAXON IS THE SITE UNDER WHICH PENN AND THE DELAWARE INDIANS MADE THE GREAT TREATY IN 1682. SINCE THAT TIME LEGEND AND HISTORY OF THE EVENT HAVE GENERATED ADMIRATION FOR WILLIAM PENN AND THE TREE. THE TREE BECAME THE LIVING SYMBOL OF THE GREAT TREATY DURING THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR, BRITISH GENERAL SIMCOE POSTED GUARDS AROUND THE TREE TO PROTECT IT FROM THE SETTLERS SEEKING FIREWOOD. WHEN THE ELM WAS BLOWN DOWN BY A STORM ON 3 MARCH 1810, IT WAS 283 YEARS OLD, EIGHT FEET IN DIAMETER, AND TWENTY-FOUR CIRCUMFERENCE. THE NEXT DAY, HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE GATHERED TO MARVEL AT AND TAKE CUTTINGS FROM THE ANCIENT TREE. PART OF TE TREE WAS MADE INTO A CHAIR FOR BENJAMIN RUSH, A SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. TODAY THERE ARE SECOND, THIRD AND FOURTH GENERATION CUTTINGS OF THE ELM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, PENNSYLVANIA HOSPITAL, HAVERFORD COLLEGE AND THE PENN TREATY PARK.




Great great grandchild of the original peace elm under which the peace treaty was made in 1682. Dedicated May 6, 2010. Given by THE FRIENDS OF PENN TREATY PARK.




6. THE PENN SOCIETY OBELISK ON 19 SEPTEMBER 1825, A REPORT ON THE LOCATION OF PENN'S GREAT TREATY WAS READ BY ROBERTS VAUX, VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL OF THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF PENNSYLVANIA.  IT WAS VAUX'S SUGGESTION THAT THIS SOCIETY SHOULD PLAN AN "OBELISK OF GRANITE', WITH THE APPROPRIATE INSCRIPTIONS, AT THE TRADITIONAL SPOT OF THE TREATY WHERE THE GREAT EM AD ONCE STOOD AT SHACKAMAXON.  THE OBELISK WAS ERECTED BY THE PENN SOCIETY IN 1827 AND IS THE EARLIEST PUBLIC MONUMENT IN PHILADELPHIA.  OVER THE YEARS THERE HAS BEEN DEBATE ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THE OBELISK ACTUALLY MARKS THE SPOT OF THE GREAT ELM. IT WAS THIS DEBATE INITIATED THE MOVEMENT TO MAKE A HISTORIC SITE OF THE LAND SURROUNDING THE OBELISK.  THUS THE NOTION OF PENN TREATY PARK WAS BORN.


The Four Sides of the Obelisk are inscribed with these words:

Treaty ground of William Penn, and the Indian Nations, 1682, Unbroken faith.
William Penn, Born 1644, Died 1713.
Pennsylvania, Founded, 1681, by Deeds of Peace.
Placed by the Penn Society, A.D. 1827, to mark the site of the Great Elm Tree.


7. THE GREAT TREATY THERE HAS BEEN MUCH DEBATE OVER THE EXACT DETAILS OF PENN'S DEALINGS WITH THE INDIANS OF THE DELAWARE RIVER VALLEY. IT IS WRITTEN THAT PENN DEALT FAIRLY WITH ALL THE INDIANS AND SETTLERS THAT HE ENCOUNTERED, IT IS TRUE THAT THE GREAT TREATY, ID IT ACTUALLY DID OCCUR, WAS ONE OF THE MANY TREATIES THAT PENN MADE WITH THE INDIANS.  MAKING TREATIES WITH THE AREA INDIANS WAS A PRACTICE THAT WENT ON IN OTHER SETTLEMENTS AS WELL. HOWEVER, PENN'S TREATMENT OF THE INDIANS WAS CONSISTENTLY FAIR AND EQUAL. THIS THEME OF EQUALITY WAS NOTICED IN EUROPE AND CREATED A NEW INTEREST IN THE COLONIES AND GREAT RESPECT FOR PENN. VOLTAIRE EVEN SPOKE OF THE TREATY AS ONE THAT WAS "NEVER SWORN TO AND NEVER BROKEN'. IT ALSO PROVIDED THE INSPIRATION FOR A NUMBER OF ARTISTIC REPRESENTATIONS OF THE TREATY, THE MOST FAMOUS BEING THE ONE DONE BY BENJAMIN WEST. TODAY WE CAN SEE THE ONE ARTIFACT OF PENN'S AMITY - THE WAMPUM BELT GIVEN TO PENN BY THE INDIANS - ON DISPLAY AT THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF PENNSYLVANIA.


8. PENN TREATY PARK : A PLACE OF PEACE THE SUBJECT OF THE GREAT TREATY HAS ALWAYS HELD A SPECIAL PLACE IN THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF PENNSYLVANIANS, ESPECIALLY THOSE N THE AREA SURROUNDING THE LEGENDARY SITE. WHEN THE GREAT ELM BLEW DOWN IN 1810, THE LAND UPON WHERE THE GREAT TREATY WAS MADE HAD NO MARKERS OF THE EVENT. THE PENN SOCIETY ERECTED AN OBELISK TO MARK THE SPOT OF THE TREE IN 1827. LATER THE LAND WAS APPROPRIATED FOR PUBLIC USE AND A PRESERVATION LANDMARK. MEMBERS OF THE KENSINGTON COMMUNITY SOUGHT TO HAVE THE AREA DEDICATED AS A PARK, THE DEDICATION CEREMONY TOOK PLACE ON 28 OCTOBER 1893. SINCE THEN THE COMMUNITY HAS PROMOTED PROPER CARE OF THE PARK. THE PARK CHANGED HANDS TWICE BEFORE BECOMING PART OF THE FAIRMOUNT PARK SYSTEM IN 1954.  IN 1987, THE COMMUNITY CAME TOGETHER ONCE AGAIN TO FULFILL THEIR DREAMS FOR THE  PARK AND MAKE IT A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO ENJOY THE PEACE PENN MADE THERE OVER300 YEARS AGO.




9. Bob Haozous, a Native American artist's steel sculpture "Moon Over Indian Land" located on a tract of land across from Penn Treaty Park depicts two figures from the original Wampum Belt along with cutouts of airplanes and clouds which could also be interpreted as birds and peace pipe clouds weaving the past with present. Haozous is a the son of famous Native American artist Allan Capron Houser  (June 30, 1914—August 22,  1994) a Chiricahua Apache, was an outstanding Modernist sculptor of the 20th century. He was the grand-nephew of  Geronimo.


Wampum Belt on display at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.


10. A statue of Tamanend stands at Front and Market Streets in Philadelphia just as you enter Interstate 95. The statue created by Raymond Sandoval, a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Tamanend was dedicated in 1995  "Tamanend was considered the patron saint of America by the colonists prior to American Independence."



Also of interest: Friends of Tamanend Park website.

November is National Native American Month.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Top 10 Thanksgiving Cornucopia

Turkey

Mashed Potatoes

Gravy

Stuffing

Corn

Green Bean Casserole

Cranberry Sauce

Pumpkin Pie

Rolls

Beverage of choice

Reduce food waste. As we enter the holiday season remember to feed people – not landfills.  1 in 6 Americans lacks food security. Donate your extra food to your local food bank and prevent waste by being smart about what you buy, how you prep, and how you store your food.  And, if you do end up with some scraps, compost them.
http://www2.epa.gov/recycle/reducing-wasted-food-basics

Monday, November 24, 2014

Top 10 Upcoming Events This Thankful Week

November 27 Frost Bite Run 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Southeastern PA Antique Car Club Rally at the Thomas Massey House in Broomall.

November 27 6ABC and Dunkin Donuts 95th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, 8:30 a.m - 12 p.m. Watch and Win prizes like Dunkin Donuts Coffee for a year, Ten Eagles tickets plus a Dunkin Donuts tailgate for the 12/14 game and a Family Florida Trip to Tradewind Island Resort check the website for details and watch the parade for the "secret words". If you plan on attending, the parade starts at 20th and JFK Boulevard. It proceeds east on JFK to 16th Stf yreet, turns left onto 16th Street to Arch Street, left on Arch Street to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Parade will then move up the Parkway, then left around Logan Circle. It will end after passing in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. November 27  Love Park Christmas Village opens through December 28.

November 27 E A G L E S Eagles vs Dallas 4:30 p.em. on Fox at Dallas.  Plan you meals accordingly. Football and Food it doesn't get any better than this for some.

November 27 through January 11,2015 at Longwood Gardens A Longwood Christmas. Check the website for details on all the beauty that awaits you.

Nov. 28 Santa’s Arrival and Festival of Lights Media Courthouse on Front St.,
entertainment from Makin' Music begins at 5 p.m. with a special guest before Santa's grand entrance at 6pm on a Media Fire Company fire truck.

November 28 Macy's Light Show Santaland an Dickens Village

November 28 Laurel Hill Cemetery Monthly FOURTH FRIDAY TOUR SERIES: HOT SPOTS and STORIED PLOTS November’s walking tour will take place on Friday,  departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse. In life and in death, we all have stories to tell. Join Laurel Hill Cemetery for an informative overview of Laurel Hill’s long and colorful history, which will include many of the marble masterpieces, stunning views and legendary stories that afford the cemetery its WOW factor. This is the perfect tour for first-time visitors to Laurel Hill, and anyone else who enjoys beautiful art, scenic nature and fascinating history. “Hot Spots and Storied Plots” will be presented monthly as part of Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Fourth Friday tour series, which take place on the fourth Friday of every month at 10:00am. The cost is $8/person general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online.Guide: Pattye Stringer. I have done this tour before, it was advertized to walk off that turkey dinner.  It is a great tour!

November 30 Santa State Street Fun Run and Walk and Parade in Media PA. 3:30 p.m. is the Fun Run and Walk and 4 p.m. the Parade.

November 30 online registration ends for Ridley United Soccer Club Mud, Sweat and Cheers 3K and 5K Blackrock Park, Ridley Township. Check out Facebook updates.

November 30 The German Society of Philadelphia Alpine Christmas Music singalong 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 611 Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia. Check link for tickets.

Give Thanks

Friday, November 21, 2014

Top 10 Upcoming Weekend Events November 21

(In case you missed it)

November 21 last day to see Gingerbread Houses at Liberty Place in downtown Philadelphia. 

November 21 Helen Kate Furness Library Well Read6 Wine and Cheese Evening with a Silent Auction 7 - 10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $35.

November 21 - 23 Gore Tex Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend. Leonora Petrina was the first female to cross the finish line.  It was her first "full" marathon. She was born in New Zealand but now is a U.S. Citizen that lives in New York. Dan Vassallo of Massachusetts was the male winner. see 6ABC coverage.

November 21-23 Cape May Holiday Season Preview Weekend.

November 21st Community Arts Center of Wallingford in the Ballroom Musical Artists: Caleb and Carolyn and Twin Ghosts Visual Artist: Sally Paynter.

November 21-23 Mind Body Spirit Expo at the Valley Forge Convention Center.

November 21 - December 7 Holiday Gift and Craft Extravaganza at the Hilltop House 10 a.m. - 6 p.m located at 570 Beaumont Road, Devon, PA. Admission $4.00

November 22 Brookhaven Holiday Parade 2:00pm.  Parade participants are to report to Our Lady of Charity parking lot anytime after 12 noon.  If you are unsure of the parade route, please call the borough office. In an effort to help those less fortunate, our local cub scouts will be collecting canned goods. Please donate a few cans and give to the scouts during the parade (they will be in uniform).


November 22 and 23 Philadelphia City 6 Flag Football at Drexel U.


November 22 is International Survivors of Suicide Day. SOS, Inc. in conjunction with Philadelphia Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) hosts the Philadelphia Venue for the conference. This years event will be held November 22, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lankanau Hospital's Annenberg Conference Center. Please click on the link for more information.

CorrectionNovember 22 Town of Brookhaven Polar Plunge for Special Olympics. My mistake posted on Monday this event will take place in Brookhaven, N.Y. it is still a noble cause if you will be in N.Y. : ). I humbly apologize to anyone considering attending. I will try and find another for you.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Top 10 Ways to Quit Smoking

 This is a partial repost from my 2011 blog on smoking with some updated content.  It has received many hits, I hope it helps one more person on their journey to quit smoking. It is not easy to quit but it can be done.

Today is the Great American Smokeout Day 2014

If you are not a smoker or have never smoked, this list is not for you unless you can find some sympathy for those that do struggle with addictions.

1. Smoking is a physical and psychological addiction that produces a "chain reaction" in the body. Nicotine is as addictive as heroin and cocaine according to LiveStrong.com. Withdrawal symptoms can include any of the following: dizziness (which may only last 1 to 2 days after quitting) depression, feelings of frustration, impatience, and anger, anxiety, irritability, sleep disturbances, including having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, and having bad dreams or even nightmares, trouble concentrating, restlessness or boredom, headaches, tiredness, increased appetite, weight gain, constipation and gas, cough, dry mouth, sore throat, and nasal drip, chest tightness, slower heart rate. It doesn’t sound like a lot of fun or offer the comfort a cigarette does.

2. Quit Smoking Aids: There are many but it comes down to one key ingredient and that is "you". Whatever aid or help you enlist, you must be able and willing to follow through. The odds are stacked against you. Mark Twain said “Quitting smoking is easy; I have done it a thousand times”. According to The American Cancer Society, success rates in general, only about 4% to 7% of people are able to quit smoking on any given attempt without medicines or other help. Studies in medical journals have reported that between about 25% and 33% of smokers who use medicines can stay smoke-free for over 6 months. There is also early evidence that combining some medicines, may work better than using them alone. (See the section, "Help with the physical part of addiction: Prescription drugs.") Behavioral and supportive therapies may increase success rates even further, and help the person stay smoke-free. Check the package insert of any product you are using to see if the manufacturer provides free telephone-based counseling. I have read that the patches and gum can create a different addiction of their own. The American Heart Association, American Cancer Society want to help read their websites for suggestion and in some cases free assistance such as smoking cessation classes and other support.

3. Positive reinforcement: Place the exact amount of money you will save from NOT purchasing cigarettes in a glass jar so you can view your progress. The price in Pennsylvania is approximately $7 a pack and the rates vary from state to state. There's more than the monetary reward to consider. Smoking cessation has immediate health benefits. It lowers your blood pressure and reduces your pulse after only 20 minutes. Within a day, the carbon monoxide level in your blood returns to normal. Within two weeks to three months, your risk of a heart attack decreases and your lungs begin to function better. Long-term benefits include a reduced risk for coronary heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, and other cancers. Smoking tobacco really isn’t friendly to any medical condition.

4. Weight Gain: Many worry about gaining weight if they stop smoking and it can happen especially if you replace cigarettes with food, average weight gain of 5 to 10 pounds in the first few months. The seminar I attended said 10-50lbs. That is a nightmare to me, so is getting cancer. I weigh the odds. I have witnessed a family member suffer. Cigarettes can be an appetite suppressant. It is recommended to up your calcium intake the first week, avoid carbs and drink 6-8 glasses of water you should also up your exercise routine and by all means do not become a slacker. Exercise can boost you mental and physical health. Cigarettes also mess with you blood sugar, metabolism, serotonin levels and dopamine.

5. Helpful diversions: Take a deep breath hold it for 5 seconds and release, do this 3 times. Don’t just sit there get up and do something. Drink a glass of water, lemon adds a little flavor, avoid triggers like alcohol and sweets and stressful, painful situations and they should avoid you too. ; - ) The American Cancer Society has a video game you can download and play.  it is a great diversion when you are having a craving. Find  Zombie Smokeout Download - iPhone, iPad & Android Game at this link.

6. A link to Helpful Hints for Friends and Family Do and Don't to Helping a Smoker Quit. I say Number !, "Don't Preach".

7. Behavior Modification: Change the way you deal with certain situations. Boredom, have a cigarette (old behavior), boredom, do something constructive, create and carry a list with you to fill in that idle time. Eat a meal, have a cigarette (old behavior), immediately brush your teeth after a meal or use mouth wash. Head in the opposite direction of where you used to go to smoke. Reward yourself for not being a smoker. Do not punish yourself by being a smoker. You will need to stock up on a whole new set of coping skills for stress. Look out stress knows you quit and comes looking for you. You will be vulnerable at first. You will absolutely sweat the small stuff until you learn to cope. Find that inner strength.


8. Smoking is known as a feel good. Who doesn’t want that instant gratification feel good. It is a challenge and a struggle to quit and most likely you will not get that much support from friends and family. Especially, if they were never a smoker, that do not realize how difficult this addiction is to break. If they are a born again non-smoker they know how difficult it is and rarely have any sympathy for you because they hate the addiction that once trapped them. Yet they can understand your struggle.


9. “They” say day 5 and 7 are the tough ones. I waited with baited breath for day 5 to arrive and it was pretty uneventful so I knew day 7 would be bad. I was constantly looking over my shoulder that day wondering, when it was going to come, yet I survived. Day 10 was the kicker. I woke up normally went into the kitchen a few dirty dishes in the sink so I went to load them up in the dish washer only to discover HE had loaded it incorrectly, the plates were not lining up and immediately I realized after almost 25 years, I had married the wrong man, my children never have and never will listen to me, they have minds of their own and maintaining the small home that I live in is just too overwhelming for me. I emailed my good friend who also quit smoking many years ago by the same method, hypnosis. I went on the postal, nicotine deprived rant and told her just about everything in my life was wrong. Luckily she had lived through the experience and was able to talk me down. Life was back to normal in about 15 minutes.

10. I quit smoking many years ago for over 20 years and I got smacked with a few of life’s unpleasant events, the culmination ranked pretty high on the stress scale and I made a huge mistake. You can find those stress level tests online. I picked up a cigarette again, but I have learned the hard way, I can never do that again. Smoking was something I knew was not comforting me at all. I had heard countless ads and friends remind me how unhealthy it was for me. Yet I was hooked. I  attended a "Quit Smoking" seminar using hypnosis and I have been a non-smoker again for many years.

Two commercials that appeared on national television that I always thought make a profound impact.

Like Father Like Son
Yul Brynner released  this video after his death from cancer.

Every one has stressors in their life. Make better choices on how you deal with yours.  Find the strength to support yourself and seek help when you know you can’t go it alone

Other helpful sources:Talk with Your Doctor, smokefree.gov, smokefreephilly.org and check local hospital websites for "free" smoking cessation classes.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Top 10 Fairmount Park Gingerbread House Samplings

 The Fourth Annual Gingerbread House Display
At The Shops At Liberty Place Rotunda
16th and Chestnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA

November 10 - 21

1. Mount Pleasant created by Chef Van Earl French Jr.of Van Earl's Cakes



2. Shofuso  Japanese Tea House created by Chef Samantha Ross of Garces Group






  


3. Laurel Hill Cemetery created by Tatum Kendall



4. Woodford Mansion created by Chef  Danielle Zahodski of Town Crier Bakery




5.  Historic Strawberry Mansion created by Drexel University's  Center for Hospitality



6. The  Smith Memorial Playhouse created by Chef Andrea Histand of Denise's Bakery




7. Lemon Hill Mansion created by Chef Peter Scarola of R2L





8. Cedar Grove created by James Rodebaugh of Brulee Catering










9. Ryers  Museum and Library created by Chef Diana Anello of Bredenbeck's Bakery





10.  The name card said Laurel Hill Mansion (that is on top) but it should also be called everything you can find in Center City created by Julie Quay of M.C.C.C. (Montgomery County Community College Culinary) Arts Institute.  It is amazing, you will say look there is the Ben Franklin Bridge, City Hall, Independence Hall, the Trolley, the Train , the Macy's Light Show, Dickens Village, Boyd's, the Mutter Museum, the Zoo Balloon, even the Moshulu.
















Unfortunately the Gingerbread House Display will be over on Friday November 21 BUT the Holiday Tour of the Mansions begins December 3. Click on the Park Charms link, you don't want to miss out on this.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Top 10 Regrets Keeper or Giveaway

These are a few of my regrets and not the results of any kind of poll. We all have regrets.

1. The ugliest sweater I have ever owned was given to me by my best friend. It was an extra large and twice as big as me with yellow and purple stripes.  It fit me when I was nine months pregnant. I wanted to cozy up in that sweater the day I heard he was killed by a drunk driver. I should have kept it. I have a picture of me in it though as big as a house.  This will not be shared. I would regret that! He must have been psychic.

2. Christmas ornaments given to me by old boyfriends. I still have them all. It helps me to remember those tragic years with amusement. They are all dated. The boyfriends, keepers, not so much but the memento it decorates my tree.

3. I will never get over selling my ticket stub to the best concert I ever went to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young at Atlantic City Raceway. Santana was also on the bill. It poured rain and thundered, lightning graced the skies. It is the closest I ever got to what Woodstock may have felt like for a mere two hours. It was messy but it was awesome. I sold the stub for $5 that ticket was a priceless memory to me. It shows a big void in my scarp book. Sigh, a regret.

4. My baseball cards, I didn't get rid of them but my mother did. I had a huge box of them and had them in the attic for years. I had Carl Yastrzemski and Roberto Clemente,just to name a few of the really good ones. I still cringe at the thought they were just tossed in the trash! At least all the Barbie dolls were given to a neighbor. Ugh. Someday I will have to get over that loss. Perhaps it cuts so deeply is because it was not my decision.
5. I have just about every letter and card ever sent to me from old friends in my late teens and early twenties. Whenever I come across them, I can get lost in the past for hours. They are fond memories of naive thoughts of very young minds but what I like about them is the hope of things to come. I think we all dreamed big when we were young that is a good thing.

6. I rarely save any email correspondence but I don't worry so much if it is anything good the government has a copy. Working with historical artifacts, I do see the value in written correspondence. It is a pity much of that goes to the shredder and delete button.

7. I have far too many jackets and coats but I have a very difficult time parting with them. I go through the same ritual every season. The jackets go to the attic and all the potential winter coats come down to the first floor closet. I know these coats could warm someone else but I rationalize all the time with why I should keep these coats. I am embarrassed to say how many I have. Some I inherited from my mother and they are sentimental to me. I never regret finding a dollar or two in pocket. So far this year I have eight bucks I never knew I had.

8. I was not one of those crazy people that ran people over on Black Friday to get the newly released Cabbage Patch dolls but "my mother" did secure one a few years later that I have kept along with the dolls adoption papers. I am expecting to pay for my daughters wedding with that one. Maybe not. I should have saved the Furbies, Tamagotchi and TY Beanie babies they were hot property and we had a big tub of them. Had to have them. Those Furbies freaked me out. They were eventually moved to the shed and I swear even without batteries, if you opened the door their eyes would flash open and they would come alive spouting some gibberish and the Tamagotchi, those were 24/7. I couldn't wait to get rid of those. Ugh High Maintenance and it wasn't even mine!!

9. I did go through a period when I collected the valuable Bradford Exchange Plates. They were to last a lifetime. I displayed the Fairy Tale collection in the nursery. They lasted a few years then to the attic they went. It was sports motif and dinosaurs for my son and my daughter was everything pink including toy box and Barbie's condo and corvette. My daughter hates pink now I think we overdid.

10. Pictures, photographs and scrapbooks, I keep them all. Some of my photographs are in albums but many are in boxes but sorted.  I started the sorting project last winter. Since the digital age I hardly ever print a picture anymore.  They are all saved on an external hard drive, a good idea for anyone who stores pictures on their pc or mac.  If your hard drive crashes those pictures are gone. Your most valued pictures I would handle the old fashion way, print them but I have been eying those books you can make.  I have seen offers on Groupon. I am not a fan nor do I understand it but I suppose anything I post on Facebook (and this is rare) along with photos on my blog are out there in the cloud. Old family videos and slides are another issue.  You can't throw them out but the mechanisms to view them are becoming obsolete.  What do you keep?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Top 10 November Upcoming Week Things To Do

November 19 Wellness Wednesday at Lawrence Park Health Center in Broomall, How Cancer Treatment Can Affect Your Heart What You Should Know 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

November 21-23 Cape May Holiday Season Preview Weekend.

November 21st Community Arts Center of Wallingford in the Ballroom Musical Artists: Caleb and Carolyn and Twin Ghosts Visual Artist: Sally Paynter.

November 21-23 Mind Body Spirit Expo at the Valley Forge Convention Center.

November 21 - December 7 Holiday Gift and Craft Extravaganza at the Hilltop House 10 a.m. - 6 p.m located t 570 Beaumont Road, Devon, PA. Admission $4.00

November 22 Brookhaven Holiday Parade  


November 22 Town of Brookhaven Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

November 22 and 23 Philadelphia City 6 Flag Football at Drexel U.

November 22 2014 -January 2 2015 Yuletide at Winterthur.

November 23 Collingdale History Society is hosting a Victorian Tea and Open house at the historic Weir House from 2 to 4 p.m. Free admission $5 suggestion donation to go to the programs and services the society is planning to implement in the next year. Well behaved children are encouraged to come. Please RSVP by November 20th....e-mail....collingdalehistory@gmail.com.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Top 10 Upcoming Weekend Things to Do

November 13 - December 18 Tippler's Tour Yuletide Cheers and Beers in downtown Philadelphia. Click on link for ticket information. 

November 14 The Rothman Ice Rink opens at Dilworth Park at City Hall in downtown Philadelphia. A four week learn to skate program will be offered on Sunday mornings.

November 15 The 2014 Greater Philadelphia Walk to Defeat ALS November, 2014,  Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia  Registration 10:00 am Walk Starts 11:00 a.m. Distance 2 miles Click here for directions to the walk.

November 15th - Thomas Massey House Colonial Dinner 5 p.m. a harvest festival dinner.  Dinner reservations must be made at least 1 month in advance with a $10.00 non-refundable deposit. Maybe they have cancellations or book for February. Reservations can be made by emailing thomasmasseydinners@gmail.com or calling 610-353-3644.

November 15 Love Your Park Fall Service Day Volunteer opportunity to help in a Philly Park.

November 15 12th Annual Jazz By Night Celebration Downtown Media, 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.

November 15 - Stocking the Root Cellar (Sustainable Agriculture Event and Talk) at Colonial Plantation.

November 16 Philadelphia Zoo Turkey Trot 5k. e Pennsy

November 2014 - February 2015 Legendary Delaware County Women’s Wide World of Sports Exhibit at  The Museum Of The History Of Delaware County 408 Avenue Of The States Chester,PA 19013 Call For Times 610-872-0502.

The Pennsylvania Veterans Museum at the Media Armory 12 East State Street in Media, open Thursday thru Sunday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Top 10 Things To Know About the Purple Heart and Its Recipients

1. The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded to those wounded or killed, while serving, on or after April 5, 1917, with the U.S. military. It is the most recognized and respected medals awarded to  members of the U.S. armed forces.

2. The Purple Heart is the oldest military award still given to U.S. military members. George Washington originated the "Badge of Merit" which the Purple Heart is patterned after.
3. In military terms, the award had “broken service,” as it was ignored for nearly 150 years.  It was not until October 1927, after Word War I, that General Charles Summerall proposed that a bill be submitted to Congress to revive the “Badge of Military Merit.” In January 1931, General Douglas MacArthur, Summerall’s successor as Army Chief of Staff, resurrected the idea for the medal.

4. Elizabeth Will, an Army heraldic specialist in the Office of the Quartermaster General, was named to redesign the newly revived medal, which became known as the Purple Heart.  The Commission of Fine Arts solicited plaster models from three leading sculptors for the medal, selecting that of John R. Sinnock of the Philadelphia Mint in May 1931. Sinnock was the designer of the Roosevelt dime and Franklin half dollar, among other U.S. coins. His initials "JS" can be found on the dime at the base of the Roosevelt bust. 

5. By Executive Order of the President of the United States, the Purple Heart was revived on the 200th Anniversary of George Washington's birth, out of respect to his memory and military achievements, by War Department General Orders No. 3, dated February 22, 1932. The criteria were announced in a War Department circular dated February 22, 1932, and authorized award to soldiers, upon their request, who had been awarded the Meritorious Service Citation Certificate, Army Wound Ribbon, or were authorized to wear Wound Chevrons subsequent to April 5, 1917, the day before the United States entered World War I.

6. The first Purple Heart was awarded to MacArthur. During the early period of American involvement in World War II (December 7, 1941 – September 22, 1943), the Purple Heart was awarded both for wounds received in action against the enemy and for meritorious performance of duty. By Executive Order 9277, dated December 3, 1942, the decoration was applied to all services. This executive order also authorized the award only for wounds received. For both military and civilian personnel during the World War II era, to meet eligibility for the Purple Heart, AR 600-45, dated September 22, 1943, and May 3, 1944, required identification of circumstances.

7. During World War II, nearly 500,000 Purple Heart medals were manufactured in anticipation of the estimated casualties resulting from the planned Allied invasion of Japan. To the present date, total combined American military casualties of the sixty-five years following the end of World War II including the Korean and Vietnam Wars have not exceeded that number. In 2003, there remained 120,000 Purple Heart medals in stock. The existing surplus allowed combat units in Iraq and Afghanistan to keep Purple Hearts on-hand for immediate award to soldiers wounded in the field.[6]

8. Subject to approval of the Secretary of Defense, Executive Order 10409, dated February 12, 1952, revised authorizations to include the Service Secretaries. Dated April 25, 1962, Executive Order 11016, included provisions for posthumous award of the Purple Heart. Dated February 23, 1984, Executive Order 12464, authorized award of the Purple Heart as a result of terrorist attacks, or while serving as part of a peacekeeping force, subsequent to March 28, 1973.

9. On June 13, 1985, the Senate approved an amendment to the 1985 Defense Authorization Bill, which changed the precedence of the Purple Heart award, from immediately above the Good Conduct Medal to immediately above the Meritorious Service Medals. Public Law 99-145 authorized the award for wounds received as a result of friendly fire. Public Law 104-106 expanded the eligibility date, authorizing award of the Purple Heart to a former prisoner of war who was wounded after April 25, 1962. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998 (Public Law 105-85) changed the criteria to delete authorization for award of the Purple Heart to any civilian national of the United States, while serving under competent authority in any capacity with the Armed Forces. Today, the Purple Heart is reserved for men and women in uniform. Civilian employees of the U.S. Department of Defense who are killed or wounded as a result of hostile action may receive the new Defense of Freedom Medal. This award was created shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

10. National Geographic in its November 2009 edition , history section, estimated the number of purple hearts given. Above the estimates, the text reads, "Any tally of Purple Hearts is an estimate. Awards are often given during conflict; records aren't always exact" (page 33).[1] The estimates are as follows:
Notable Purple Heart recipients: Oliver Stone film maker, Lee Marvin actor, James Arness, Charles Bronson, James Garner, John Kerry, John F. Kennedy, and I’d like to  add William Tuck to this list.
I knew the Medal was "prestigious" but I did not know the details.  I hope these descriptions I found at wikipedia help someone else realize just how big a deal "all military personnel" are and the importance they portray to our freedom from the home of the brave. I think they all deserve medals. 


Here is a link to a complete list of all U.S. Military Medals by Order of Precedence.http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/celebrate/purple-heart.pdf

The reason I chose to write about the Purple Heart today is because I actually saw one for the first time at a funeral for a fallen former sailor last Friday.  He served his country in Vietnam and he died many years later from cancer.  It seems so unfair. When I saw that medal I said, wow. He walks among the giants.

God Bless Him and Thank You For Your Service. 

Most information was obtained from wikipedia but I did verify it from other websites. You can also search the PurpleHeart.com database and the AmericanWarLibrary.com website and va.gov.com.

I also highly recommend taking Veterans Day off next year and attend the parade to honor our veterans In Media, PA. I think this year was my fourth year.  It is a privilege to go out and honor these men and women.