Friday, January 30, 2015

Top 10 Born in Boston Area

If history fascinates you more than football you might want to check this out. Perhaps no one from Boston will read this list over the weekend but maybe in time.

These men and one interesting lady are all "Patriots".  Google them. I did not have enough time to do a description about them.

There is currently a series on the History Channel called "Sons of Liberty".  It highlights Sam Adams role in the American Revolution. Some historians believe the program took some liberties with their depiction of Samuel Adams and I would like to add all the commercials were a bit taxing but it is a good background to the start of the colonies standing up for our independence. Not all those listed below had a highlighted role in the show but bear honor and should be included in your search for further information about our friends from Massachusetts. I came across these names while I was looking up the main characters.

Sam Adams

Dr. Joseph Warren

Dr. John Warren

John Hancock

John Adams

Mercy Otis Warren (pen name A Columbian Patriot) She is real interesting for a woman of the times.

James Warren

Thomas Crafts

Paul Revere

Ben Franklin

Here is an additional interesting link and it is current plus it has a Facebook page

Personally I am watching football, I already saw the series.  It's a good one. Who am I rooting for?  The winners of course, I can't wait for the battle.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Top 10 Super Bowl Eats

Top 10 Super Bowl Eats

Plain Pizza

Pizza with Toppings
Potato Chips


Chicken Fingers




Hot Dogs

Roast Beef


What's on tap for your party?

If it is not about the game, it's about the food.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Top 10 Power De-Clutter Mix

The week of January 25 Moving forward from deflate to delete is International Clear Out Your In Box Week and believe it or not Clean Out Your In Box has a Facebook page. They do offer tips if you are interested. 

I try to clear out my obstacles each year and I like to start with inspiration and music. I offer ideas of  a little mood music.

1. Believe  (lyrics; I don't need you anymore) Cher

2. Hit the Road Jack (applies to electronics) Ray Charles

3. I Can't Make You Love Me Bonnie Rait (works with fashions). It never looked quite right on you.
Caution this song does not work with relationships, it is a heartbreaker.

4. Irreplaceable (To the left To The left) Beyonce (applies comfy sweat pants, once the elastic gives out, you should give em up). Everything and everyone is replaceable, sometimes we forget that and should be grateful for what we have.

5. You Lost That Loving Feeling The Righteous Brothers (applies to snug clothes)

6. I Need You America ( This song is counter intuitive for this project, I don't recommend BUT it is a great song.)

7. Can't Live If Living Is Without You (some things you just have to keep) (Yes you can, just try it). This can certainly apply to electronics if only for a day or even an hour. Harry Nilsson

8. Free Free Set Them Free If You Love Somebody Set Them Free Sting

9. Learning How to Live.... Without You in My Life Lucinda Williams

10. Many Too Many Genesis

Clear out the clutter make room for the future.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Top 10 Things That Mysteriously Accumulate

Snow, it can happen overnight!

Junk Mail the old fashion way, in your mailbox.

Spam and sexual innuendo from people you never heard of.  You know not to open those right?

Hangers in all sizes and shapes.  I remember "1" time buying a six pack, they all matched.  Did the pro-create?

Gloves that don't match with the finger chewed off.  Who does that?

The fuzz aka lint in the dryer screen.  How are there possibly any fibers left on some fabrics? They shed bad.

Dishes in the sink.  Who had a party in my house overnight?  I didn't hear anything.

Dust accumulates on everything. Where does it come from?

Wrinkles and new lines on your face.  I counted, that was not there yesterday!

Pounds are not your friend and neither is the scale. How can you possibly fluctuate 3 pounds in one day and it ain't deflating?  If it were, I would weigh myself every 15 minutes.

Things can just happen mysteriously.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Top 10 Upcoming Events The Week of January 25

January 25 - 31 Catholic Schools Week look for an Open House in your district.  Click on the Choose My Future Link for locations of Catholic High School Open House in the Philadelphia Archdioceses.

January 26 - February 1 National Drug Facts Week. January 30 is Drug Facts Chat Day (use this link after 8 a.m.) Drug Facts Chat Day is an annual live online chat held between high school students and NIDA scientists during National Drug Facts WeekSM. Students from around the country ask the questions they most want the answers to about drugs and drug abuse, including drug effects, how to help friends or family that are abusing drugs, and what causes addiction. Our expert scientists give them the facts. Check this link for events happening in your area.

January 27 The Aging Brain and Alzheimer's Disease discussion at the Franklin Institute 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. for Adults Members and also open to the public. $5 for non-members and free for members.

January 28 Data Privacy Day: There are many great suggestions at
on ways to protect your privacy.

 January 30 Drugs Facts Chat Day   8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Register to participate

January 30 Wing Bowl at Wachovia Center 6 a.m.
January 30  Black Tie Tailgate Auto Show Preview to benefit The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Division of Neonatolgy. Click for ticket information.

January 31 Mt Holly Fire and Ice Festival 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

January 31 Colonial Plantation "Winter Experience" 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations required: call 610-566-1725.

February 1 Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics 1 Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Top 10 Views of 100 Yrs.1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition

Back in 2010, I thought I was in Balboa Park and that alone impressed me.  Now I come to learn, it was the location of the 1915-16 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Diego and the California Pacific International Exposition from 1935-36.  Admission for adults was $0.50  and $0.25  for children in 1915. Here are a few photographs of some of the original buildings and reconstructions of original buildings that still can be found at Balboa Park.  If you are ever in San Diego, it should be put on your list of Places to Go and Things to See. I had to do a little Internet search to identify all these buildings but I believe I am accurate.

On December 31, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson sent a telegraph from Washington D.C. to signal the opening of the Panama-Pacific Exposition. On December 4, 2014, President Barrack Obama sent an email commemorating the 100 Year Anniversary.

1. California State Building and Quadrangle (completed October 2, 1914 – now the Museum of Man.

2, California Bell Tower (completed 1914) as of January 1, 2015 the tower is open to those who wish to climb. In 1946 the carillon was added. There is a YouTube video Ken Kramer : About San Diego, takes you Inside Balboa Park's Tower.

3.  Spreckels Organ Pavilion (dedicated December 31, 1914) was the center focal point of this year's Centennial celebration in Balboa Park.

4. The Botanical Building with the accent Lily Pond is one of the largest lath structures in the world. Free tours are offered to the public Wednesday through Friday (closed on Thursday). The Lily Pond became a rehabilitation pool during World War II.

5. El Cid Statue sculpted by Anna Hyatt Huntington is a 23 foot tall statue that represents the hero of Spain's war against the Moors, Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar, known as El Cid. According to a photograph of the inscription on the base of the statue, found at Wikipedia the statue was presented by the Trustees of the Hispanic Society of America, July 5, 1930 and would have been in place for the Pacific International Exposition in 1935.

6. Casa del Prado Theater was originally the Foreign and Domestic Industries building IF I have properly identified it from old archive pictures at

7. The Foreign Arts Building  in 1915 now serves as the Hospitality House. This building became a nurse's dormitory during World War II.

8. The House of Charms originally called the Indian Arts Building in 1915 and Arts and Crafts Building (tentative); then the Russia and Brazil Building (1916) rebuilt to exacting specification in 1996 as the House of Charm it now houses the Mingei International Museum.

9. Fine Arts Building aka The San Diego Museum of Art opened as The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego on February 28, 1926.

10. The Natural History Museum building is the one building I went inside. I saw Dinosaurs and gems. Besides having all the wonderful exhibits inside. The building itself played a part in history.  In 1943, during World War II, the U.S. Navy requested to use the building for an infectious disease hospital.

I can't vouch for this but it could be the oldest one in the park dating back to 1915, the Moreton Bay Fig Tree.  It did have a fence around it to keep out climbers so it probably is important. It intrigued me enough to take its picture. Look at the size of it. Many of the original trees were planted by American landscape designer, Kate Sessions.

The San Diego Zoo was established in 1916 by Harry Milton Wegeforth a physician in San Diego who led the effort to create the San Diego Zoo .  He became concern about what would happen to the exotic animals used for the Panama Pacific Expedition. The San Diego Zoo made most famous to me by Johnny Carson.  He often had a precarious animal from the  zoo as a guest on his show. I remember one at least that sat on Mr. Carson's head. The new is not the first zoo, that title belongs to the Philadelphia Zoo but it is phenomenal on many levels.  It has an escalator and a huge cast of characters.

The Spanish Arts Village was created for the Pacific International Exposition from 1935-36 to depict a quaint Spanish village. During World War II, the village was used by the U.S. Army as a barracks.Today it has a Spanish charm and artistic flair.

 Just as a side note the 2010 Rock and Roll Marathon put a damper on our first day of touring the city of San Diego by bus many of the streets were blocked off, but as luck would have it the marathon runners ran right past our hotel and I just discovered through my pictures and an Internet search that I have a picture of the winner, second on the left, #3 Richard Limbo of Kenya came in first with a time of 2:09:56. Way to go Richard! Just catching up post race congratulations! It was the first marathon I ever witnessed. The 2010 Rock and Roll Marathon course started at Balboa Park.

There is so much more to read and learn about Balboa Park (1915-16 Panama-Pacific Exposition) in San Diego and the (California Pacific International Exposition from 1935-36) my intention is to show some of the attractions that can be found there, especially this year during the 100th Anniversary. The city of San Diego has a lot to see and do, definitely put this on the list.

The Theme of the 2015 San Diego County Fair
Beginning June 5, 2015, at the San Diego County Fair, “A Fair to Remember, A Celebration of World’s Fairs and Balboa Park,” theme commemorates the centennial anniversary of the 1915 Panama – California Exposition held in Balboa Park. Scheduled to go through July 5, 2015.

Beginning October, 2015, the Balboa Park Online Collaborative, along with several partners, will provide a web presence that shares the events, projects, exhibitions and performances planned to celebrate the Centennial of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition.

All my photographs are from a trip to San Diego in 2010. I recommend, they have original 1916 pictures from the Exposition brochure.  Check out slide #29 the Panama Canal Exhibit. I would have loved to have seen that!

Here is a link to information available at the Library of Congress website on Balboa Park. Sections of Balboa Park and its historic Exposition buildings were declared a National Historic Landmark and National Historic Landmark District in 1977, and placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Top 10 Things That Go Missing

Glasses, if you don't wear them yet, you can not relate.  The rest of us know you definitely have to keep an eye on them. Mine love to hide on the top of my head.  Its a little game we play and it is always the last place I look.  You would think I would know by now.

Tupperware lids, they left the house together. Why don't they return together?

Spoons are the most used utensils right?  You us them to stir the beverage, slurp the soup and finish them off with most desserts.  It is much easier to scarp a dessert dish with a spoon. Usually I can find the spoons on the dishwasher, in a perfect world, once under the cushion of the sofa.

Peeler is an important tool in the kitchen. Mine miraculously hops drawers. I place it in the same drawer every time after use but every time I go to use it is not there.

Keys typically have a mind set all their own, sometimes I wonder if they delay your departure on purpose.

Hat and Gloves the perfect couple, yet they are never found together

Boots are foul weather friends, perhaps if we treat them with more respect and give them a proper spot.

Thoughts traveling from floor to floor.  What did I come up here for? Ah, exercise.

Washboard Abs, no worries here.  We all had them at one time, just enjoy yours while you have them.

Words are sometimes very hard to find but hopefully when you really need them they will show up.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Top 10 Winter Car and Driving Checklist

Warming up the car uses up gas.  Most car engines will warm up in 5 minutes or so.  Drive prudently and give your engine a chance to get use to the temperature adjustment, the same as you need a little time. Most people would rather use up the gas than be cold in the morning. I could possibly fall into that category.

Have your battery checked, there is nothing worse than walking out in the morning or after a long day at work and turning the key and nothing. Batteries just love to go bad at the most inconvenient times.  Either have a pair of jumper cables in your trunk or a good roadside service.  I may cringed when the cable bill comes in each month but when that annual membership for roadside service comes in I don't even bat an eye.  I get it.

Tires deflate when the temperature changes.  Check your levels.  Some newer cars will send out a caution, others will need to be cautious and check the pressure yourself. Inside the panel of the drivers side door should tell you what your tire number should be, if not look in your manual. No manual? I am sure the info can be found on the Internet when looking up make and model. Okay I did the work for you Something I did know but forgot to add.  Check your pressure when the tires are cold, meaning you haven't been running on them all day.

Check your fluids.  I rarely see anyone changing their own oil anymore. If you do, the old oil must be disposed of properly. Coupons come in the mail all the time, save them and use them. Again your manual should tell of recommended intervals. You know what happens to people when they run low on fluids, cars can also have an adverse reaction. Ask your mechanic during inspection, if they can check your fluids.

Windshield wiper fluid is another important one in the winter, especially in sloppy inclement weather. It is best to fill that up at the beginning of the season just to be safe and top it off as needed. If you don't know how to do that, don't open up the hood of your car for anything, ask someone who does. Bake them brownies or something for their efforts.

Clearing "All" snow and ice off your car. Loose fragments could dislodge and fly off into another vehicle and cause a hazardous condition.

The one time it is recommended to warm up you car is when you are clearing the snow and ice off of it. NEVER pour hot water on a frozen lock or windshield. So how do you clear a frozen lock? I found an interesting tip at  You can place a magnet over the lock the night before.  I find this to be a ingenious idea, so I went out to the car to try it.  My lock is embedded into the handle so it doesn't work but I say give it a try if it works for you. The website has other suggestions with Vaseline and heating up the key. Also important, when clearing the car while the car is turned on, clear the exhaust pipe first.

Driving in the fog is always a challenge. Put those low beam fog lights on, they do make a difference.  If you are driving on a highway and unfavorable conditions are increasing pull over and make sure you use your flashers so upcoming cars can see you.

"My car is great in the snow, I have four wheel drive", is certainly a perk on the road but it doesn't guarantee 100%  protection. You are not the only driver on the road so everyone should be aware of their surroundings.

The most important tip that we all should heed, if you don't have to go out in inclement weather, don't.  We may not all have the same destination but we all have the same objective, to arrive at our destination safe. Let's all be careful and mindful. We all have sons and daughters and mothers and fathers on the road. Slowdown and leave extra time to get to where you are going. Know alternate routes.

I found a website with a brief and concise information about safe winter driving including what to do if you skid at  Check it out!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Top 10 Upcoming Events This Week

Now open Constituting Liberty for the Declaration to the Bill of Rights at the Constitution Center. On display will be one of the twelve copies of the Bill of Rights alongside a first edition Stone Engraving of the Declaration of Independence and a rare copy of the first public printing of the U. S. Constitution. Adults $9 Students/Youth $7.50.

January 10, 2015 - April 5, 2015 Represent: 200 Years of African American Art at the Philadelphia Art Museum.

January 20 Join Fairmont Park Conservancy from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m at the Free Library of Philadelphia for the JFK/Love Park Public Meeting as  the civic engagement process concludes with a meeting to review the findings from our community conversations and to introduce the design team being led by Hargreaves Associates. Register here.

January 20 President Obama delivers the 2015 State of the Union Address 9 p.m.

January 23 and 24 Special Dr. Ben Franklin Birthday Tour Celebration Tippler Tour meet at Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th and Chestnut Streets.

January 23 - 25 Restaurant Week in Philadelphia Lunch for $20 and Dinner for $35 from a selected menu.

January 23 - 25 Philly Home Show at the Pennsylvania Convention.

January 24 Academy of Music 158th Anniversary Concert and Ball at the Academy of Music with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor and Al Pacino, special guest. The Ball , Hyatt at the Bellevue.

January 24 - March 29 Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens.

January 24 Last weekend to enjoy Chocolate: The Exhibition at the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Top 10 MLK Day Connections and Events 2015

January 19 African American Museum of Philaelphia Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sharing the Heritage Celebration and Day of  Service located at Seventh and Arch Streets Philadelphia.  Free admission 11 a.m. - 5 p.m for a day of activities and learning. Donations of food for our ChAAMPs Against Hunger Philabundance Food Drive and books for Philadelphia Reads appreciated. Core exhibit: Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia, 1776-1876.  Check the website for a complete list of activities and times including a Selfie Station with Phillies Outfielder Ben Revere

January 19, 2015, MLK Social Action Day Concert. The Chester Children's Chorus will perform at Congregation Ohev Shalom 2 Chester Road, Wallingford, PA  1:00 p.m.

January 19, 2015 for the 20th Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service.

January 19 National Constitution Center celebrates  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day activities are part of a series of Macy’s Family Days at the Constitution Center 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m..  Admission on January 19, 2015 will be $5, courtesy of Macy’s Inc.—visitors will receive access to the museum and all activities in connection with the important civic holiday. Service projects, guests will be invited to help museum staff sort the supplies collected since late December in preparation for delivery to schools. Also the museum will serve as the host location for a quilting and sewing service project that benefits Women Against Abuse. This activity is available to participants who have pre-registered with the Greater Philadelphia Day of Service. Visitors are invited to sew pillows for the shelter in the museum’s Grand Hall Lobby. Women Against Abuse is a local nonprofit that provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, legal services, behavioral healthcare, advocacy, and education to victims of domestic violence. Throughout the day special performances  and various activities will take place. At F.M. Kirby Auditorium 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. local actors will join students from local colleges to perform a passionate reading of the “I Have a Dream” Speech.

January 19 Health and Wellness Fair at Girard College 2101 S. College Avenue, Philadelphia, PA.  8 a.m. presented by McNeil.

January 19 Jobs and Opportunity Fair 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. inside the Hum Building at Girard College, 2101 S. College Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. Two sessions: 9-10:30am (session 1) and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (session 2). Call Global Citizen 365 at 215-851-1811 pre-registartion is required.

January 19  Call the Philadelphia Orchestra at 215-893-1999 in advance For CONCERT TICKETS:The MLK Tribute concert is in Girard College Chapel at 1:30 p.m.; it is free but tickets are required. Seating will be general admission and is first-come, first-served. Limit four tickets per person. Chapel doors will open at 12:30p.m.

January 19 Martin Luther King Day of Service Kids Carnival Girard College 2101 S. College Avenue, Philadelphia, PA. 9 a.m.

January 19 The U.S. Forest Service will waive fees at most of its day-use recreation sites five times in 2015, beginning with January 19, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


Link to the 2014 MLK 50th Anniversary Poster Contest Winners.

Link to Six Ways to GoGreen on #MLK Day.

Link to Former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Harris Wofford talking about a personal memory of traveling with Martin Luther King Jr. and a Day of Service, a day on not off.

MLK Day: Remember. Celebrate. Serve. link to the Corporation National Community Service Official Blog.

Please check all links to verify all updated information.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Top 10 Best Ways To Celebrate Ben Franklin's Birthday

Descendant Phyllis Franklin Bierstedt was in town to kick off the Ben Birthday Celebrations set to take place in Philadelphia this upcoming weekend.  Ben Franklin is Phyllis' uncle from eight generations back.  I overheard her tell an attendee that her whole life she has been told, "You look like him and You have his spark". She does have a happy and brilliant smile.

January 2 - March 31 Liberty 360 3D Show a 15-minute film surrounds the audience in a customized wraparound PECO Theater.  The show takes visitors on a patriotic adventure from the bald eagle to the Statue of Liberty. Showing 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday at Historic Philadelphia Center 6th and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia. $6 adults, $5 senior/military/student and children 12 and under, $20 family-four pack.

January 17 -18  Storytelling and Dr. Franklin at the Historic Philadelphia Center 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free birthday cake on Saturday at 1 p.m.

January 16, 17, 23 and 24 Special Benjamin Franklin Tippler's Tour,  Dr. Franklin joins part of the tour and guests will hear stories and talk with the Founding Father. The tour departs at the Historic Philadelphia Center,6th and Chestnut Streets at 5:30 p.m. with four stops for drinks and snacks at each stop along the way to Omni Hotel, Victoria Free House, Lucha Cartel or National Mechanics, and City Tavern (serving Franklin Spruce Ale). Tickets going fast January 17 is SOLD OUT. Tickets $45 adults, $40 senior/military/student, 21 and over with valid I.D. (tastings and gratuity included) Duration 2 hours.

Photograph courtesy of  Historic Philadelphia, Inc.
January 16  The Franklin Birthday Celebration will present its annual Franklin Founders award to Laurie D. Olin in recognition of his lifetime work in landscape design and urban planning.

January 16 A special procession from the American Philosophical Society to Christ Church Burial Ground to end with a wreath laying ceremony 11-11:30 a.m.

January 17 - 19 Free Admission to the Benjamin Franklin Museum 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. located at Franklin Court. Entrance to the courtyard is from Market or Chestnut Streets, between 3rd and 4th Streets.

January 17 - 18 Armonica also known as the glass harmonica demonstrations at the Benjamin Franklin Museum 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

January 17 - 18 Ben Franklin as Diplomat and Statesman a guided tour by a Independence Historical Park Ranger on the life of Ben Franklin through sculptures and paintings at the Portrait Gallery at the Second Bank.

January 17 - 18 Sights, Sounds and Symbols as you channel your inner Ben Franklin with hands on activities including designing your own seal and self portrait 1 -3 p.m. at the Benjamin Franklin Museum.

January 15- 19 Hear stories of Ben Franklin's great inventions and achievements at the storytelling bench inside the Independence Visitor Center located at 6th and Market.

January 17 Meet Ben Franklin at the Independence Visitor's Center, bring your camera for a meet and greet from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Happy Birthday Benjamin Franklin Celebration at the National Constitution Center.  Activities include All About Ben Tour of Signers' Hall and make and take activities to build your own Ben Franklin outfit, then take a selfie with the Ben Franklin Statue.

Ben may have been born in Boston in 1709 but he is at the heart and soul of the City of Brotherly Love where he found his final resting place. Philadelphia is big on Ben.

The Ben Franklin National Memorial is located inside the rotunda of the Franklin Institute, located at 20th and the Parkway.

Inside a display case in the lobby of the American Philosophical Society Library, you can view  a facsimile of a letter sent from Thomas Jefferson to Ben Franklyn asking him to review a draft of the Declaration of Independence.  The original copy of Jefferson's letter to Franklin is on display at the Museum of the American Philosophical Society located at 104 5th Street.

Ben Franklin does have a long resume and I am quite sure this is the short list.

Huzzah Dr. Franklin! Happy Birthday!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Top 10 Ways To Say I Just Know Know

I Have No Clue

I Have No Idea

Beats Me


I Don't Know

I Can't Fathom That

Are You Asking Me?

I Am Not Sure

What? Huh? Who? Never Heard Of It.

I Will Have To Look That Up

Simplified (Google It)

not all upper case, that would signify real frustration.

This would be me on many a day when I am faced with some of this new "smart" technology but I am working on being friends with it.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Top 10 Things You Can Do With Wi-Fi Off

Sort paperwork and purge. Stay a step ahead of tax preparations.

Listen to music and  review a new CD - Lucinda Williams did not disappoint me. I love her new one.

Read a newspaper or read a book.

Do a crossword puzzle or soduku challenge the brain.

Write with a pencil and use an eraser or pen something at the same time admire your Palmer Method it is a disappearing fad.  You have a unique skill.

Prep for a work project make a flow chart on paper.  You can plant a tree in the spring or fall to replace the paper.

Clear cache a new way of saying clear the cobwebs and clear your mind.  Take a brisk walk it works every time.

Undecorate - take down decorations and set the mood for a new season. Red is still in but hearts trump all other decorations.  Feel the love and Keep It Simple Stupid, one of my favorite sayings.

An intimate dinner meaning, no cell phone! Leave it behind for an hour or two wean yourself. I wouldn't want to send anyone into tech shock. During a meal with a mate and family, shut it off, it is more appetizing.

Be mindful and meditate get in touch with you calm.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Top 10 Upcoming January Events

1. January 15 2015 SmokeFree "free" six-session behavior modification program begins at Riddle Hospital. Call 484-227-3733 to register.

2. January 16 2015 Thunderclap "Save the Cooch" Support the cause and campaign this year of the American Sexual Health Association message to support Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Click on the link to participate in the Thunderclap on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr.

3. January 17, 2015 Wildwood Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics meet at the Wildwood Convention Center. Register at 10 a.m. and plunge at 1 p.m.

4. January 17  2015 Join PHS for an afternoon of FROZEN fun at the Blue Cross RiverRink to celebrate the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show! There will be FROZEN giveaways, raffles and a chance to take a photo with a real life Princess and Prince Charming. Free activities for families include a balloon artist, face painting, flower crown making, a FROZEN soundtrack sing-a-long and a screening of FROZEN. Ice skating admission and skate rentals will also be available to purchase.12 p.m. - 3p.m.

5. January 17-18, 2015, Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday Celebration at the Historic Philadelphia Center 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Celebrate Philadelphia’s favorite Founding Father with Benjamin Franklin in 3D at the Liberty 360 3D Show in the PECO Theater, along with an appearance by the Doctor himself, Once Upon A Nation storytelling of stories about Ben’s life, and crafts for children. Free birthday cake on Saturday at 1 p.m.

6. January 17, 18, and 19 Hagley Museum and Library spotlights lights and lasers during its 2015 Invention Convention from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., hands-on activities and experiments will spark curiosity and creativity in children and parents. Admission, including supplies, is free for Hagley members, $5 per child ages 4 to 14, $7 per adult, and free for children 3 and under.

7. January 17 - 19 and 23 - 35 The Philadelphia Home Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

8. January 17 2nd Annual Winterfest Live! 2015 at Xfinity Live Philadelphia 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

9. January 18 - 23 Restaurant Week in Center City Philadelphia, Special prices for lunch at dinner at participating restaurants.  Make reservations now.

10.  January 19 "MLK Day", Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The U.S. Forest Service will waive fees at most of its day-use recreation sites five times in 2015, beginning with Jan.19, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Check for fee free beautiful locations around America.

Here is a complete list of fee free dates in 2015

Jan. 19: the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which honors the legacy of the civil rights leader and encourages Americans to participate in the MLK Day of Service.

Feb. 16: Presidents Day, honoring our nation's Presidents with particular attention towards commemorating Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

June 13: National Get Outdoors Day, a day when federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and the recreation industry encourage healthy, outdoor activities.

Sept. 26: National Public Lands Day, the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort in support of public lands.

Nov. 11: Veteran's Day, commemorating the end of World War I and paying tribute to all military heroes past and present.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Top 10 Reasons to Make Reservations for Center City Restaurant Week Now

Restaurant Week in the Big City, Philadelphia.

1. Philadelphia "Center City" Restaurant Week #1 January 18 - 23.

2. Philadelphia "Center City" Restaurant Week #2 January 25 - January 30.

3. Plan ahead you can make reservations now!

4. Sign up for a chance to Win dinner tickets for a year!  Contest runs through January 30th.

5. You choose 3-course lunch, $20 or  3-course dinner, $35.

6. 130+ Restaurants and  
7. Parking Perks see map!

8. Preview recipes compiled by the participating chefs of Restaurant Week. You can find a downloadable print version and other delicious ideas at this link, Center City Cooks. There is also a searchable database.

9. Link to participating restaurants, official website, mobile website

10. Follow on Twitter Philadelphia Center City Restaurant Week presented by TD Bank events throughout the year follow the Twitter feed- @PhilaRestWeek.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Top 10 Features of the Hagley Nylon Exhibit

The Nylon Exhibit is currently on display at the Hagley Museum in Wilmington, Delaware until January 25th, 2015.
1. Nylon is a generic designation for a family of synthetic polymers known generically as aliphatic polyamides, first produced on February 28, 1935, by Wallace Carothers at DuPont's research facility at the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware.  I have used extreme caution when attempting to iron anything nylon.  I consider it a very delicate and dainty fabric.

2. Dupont set up several plants to produce nylon, the first photograph shows a sample of nylon yarn on display at the exhibit from the Seaford, Delaware Plant in 1939.

 The first bobbin of nylon from Martinsville, Virginia is shown from November 1941.

Photograph on display at the Nylon exhibit Hagley Museum
3. Dupont showcased their new product at the 1939 World's Fair. The second photograph of a scientist demonstrating how nylons are made was also from the World's Fair and found at the Hagley Museum exhibit.
Original link:
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library

4. Actress Marie Wilson was the model for the two ton leg used to promote nylon stockings in Los Angles from 1946 - 1949. That photograph is on display currently at the Hagley Museum during the "Nylon" exhibit.

5. I wasn't around at the time but I heard stories of nylons being scarce during the war. The War Production Board announced Dupont would cease nylon stocking production and focus on war time nylon needs like parachutes and rope. My grandmother told me women would drawn lines down that back of their legs to make it look like a seam on stockings.  Once the war was over ladies went crazy to buy the stockings again.  Crowds were so large they referred to it as the "Nylon Riots".

Hagley Museum "Nylon Exhibit" photograph.

6. The First Nylon Wedding dress was worn by Mrs. Wilhelmina Laird Craven a du Pont family member on June 20th, 1942.  She was the great great granddaughter of. Éleuthère Irénée du Pont (E.I) founder of Dupont. Mary Alletta Belin du Pont Laird, daughter of Lammont du Pont I was her mother. The wedding dress and veil created by Bird-Speakman Women's Shop in Wilmington, Delaware with prototype fabric from Dupont.

7. Nylon is a fashion statement. Qiana is a silky nylon fiber developed in 1962 at the DuPont Experimental Station by Stanley Brooke Speck.

Qiana evening gown (1971-1977) , this one labeled "La Mendola" an Italian-designed evening gown purchased in Rome, Italy. The most notable client of La Mendola was Elizabeth Taylor.

 Qiana Evening Gown (1968-1969) designed by William Travilla. He was most known for making clothing for Marilyn Monroe.

Qiana wrap dress (1968- 1969) designed by Oscar de la Renta.

8. Nylon is the sporty life.

 Tennis, anyone?

The Notre Dame team that played Army at Yankee stadium in 1941 wore the first nylon football pants. Out of curiosity I looked up the score. I am not sure if the pants had anything to do with it.

This uniform made of a nylon and worsted wool was worn by New York Yankees pitcher Bobby Shantz in 1957.

9. Then there is the practical every day use of nylon of comb and brush.  Comb your hair and brush your teeth. It can even be used for shoes.

10. Pantyhose are the fashion now who doesn't want a control top! I must admit for a very brief time I did own a garter belt for my nylon stockings.  It was a coming of age purchase but knee socks still accessorized the Catholic girl uniform but stockings, they made you a lady.

 As I mentioned at the beginning the "nylon" exhibit is on till January 25. On January 24 from 1 - 4 p.m. you can participate in Science Saturday: The Science of Nylon.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Top 10 Singing Elvis Songs on What would have been his 80th Birthday

Top of the Chart Across the Board #1-5
Pop Country and Rhythm and Blues

1. Don't be Cruel released in 1956 over million in sales.

2. Hound Dog released in 1956 sold over 10 million in sales.

3. All Shook Up released in 1957

4. Let Me Be (your Teddy Bear) released in 1957

5. Jailhouse Rock released in 1957

6. Love Me Tender released in 1956 was ranked 1,  3 and 4 respectively.
7.Are You Lonesome Tonight released in 1960 over 5 million in sales ranked 1, no country 4 respectively

8. The Wonder of You released in 1970 only made it to Number 9 on the Pop Charts which shocks me, it is one of my favorites.

9. Can't Help Falling in Love With You released in 1961 made it to #2 on the Pop Charts

10. If I Can Dream (my very favorite, it just gives me chills)
here is a link to a good example of Elvis singing it on YouTube
with retakes (all incredible).

Happy Birthday to the King!

For entertainment purposes only I recorded a videoclip of myself 
singing along with Elvis on YouTube.

 you can view it a if interested.