Monday, February 29, 2016

Things that Leap 2016

Leaping Lizards

Lords a leaping

Leap Frogs

Lovers Leap

Leaps and bounds

Story leaps off the page

Leap of Faith

Quantum Leap

Leap to your feet

Rejoice in that day and leap for joy (Bible verse)

One Giant Leap for Mankind

You can leap into an extra day of the year 2016.  It is not often we get a little something extra and it's free. How will you celebrate?


Friday, February 26, 2016

Top 10 Funny Catholic Vocabulary Word Translations

The only part of the prayer everyone knows

Your receipt for attending mass
I do remember my parents asking, did you get a bulletin?

A group of people whose singing allows the rest of the congregation to lip -sync.

A liquid whose chemical is H2OLY.

Holy Smoke

Th original "Jaws" story

A medieval torture device still found in Catholic churches.

The ceremonial formation at the beginning of Mass consisting of altar servers, the celebrant, and the late parishioners looking for seats.

People who have been going to Mass for so long, they actually know when to sit, kneel and stand.

The most important Top Ten list not given by David Letterman

Disclaimer:  This is not my created list, it came from my cousin a devout Catholic so I am almost positive it is gospel and funny. I am not sure where the list originally came from. I mean no disrespect in sharing the list it is only intended for fun. There was more to the list,  these are the 10 I selected to share.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Top 10 Cans Goods in the Cupboard

February is canned goods month

What canned foods are in your cupboard?

I have 10 I was surprised.


Tomato Sauce






clam sauce

Fruit Juice

pie filling

and then there is that can of sardines that my MD gave me for my good marks on my annual health checkup two years back now. I sincerely hate to waste anything and it expires 12/16.  I don't know if I can do it but it haunts me.  I know it is there.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Learning in Black History Month

Last Saturday at the Independence Visitor's Center there was a free lecture on Black History. Three gentleman spoke.  I had heard the names before from briefly looking into those interred at Historic Eden Cemetery in Collingdale. Some of the sections are named for these men.  I learned about Eden Cemetery in April 2014 when a "Bench By The Road" was dedicated. The Bench By The Road Project is part of the Toni Morrison Society.  I learned about this project when I was looking into more information about Sullivan's Island in South Carolina after I returned from a trip there. I did not see the bench and wondered how I could have missed it.  I was in the direct vicinity. Sullivan's Island was the port of entry for approximately 40 percent of the African slaves brought to America.

Our first speaker at the visitor's center in Philadelphia was Absalom Jones, Joe Becton portrayed Mr. Jones, he is also a Civil War re-enactor, former NPS Supervisor and a musician just to name a few of his many talents besides story telling.

It is 1817 in Philadelphia.

There would be a question and answer session at the end, but we were to think about one question, Would you stay or would you go back to Africa?

Absalom Jones was born into slavery in Delaware in 1746 before America had its freedom. His family was separated by being sold to different masters and he moved to Philadelphia with his new owner. Wynkoop, his master allowed him to attend school. He taught himself to read with a speller and a bible and later attended an Episcopal school for reading and learned math from the Quakers. He used a bible to practice his reading, and there he found God. He worked for himself during his off hours and made money from core wood and was able to buy a house and his wife's freedom. People used wood to heat their homes so it was a lucrative business. He was not initially able to obtain his own freedom but eventually Wynkoff granted him manumission, a slave owner freeing of his slaves. His home was at 3rd and Pine Streets in Philadelphia. He went on to become a co-founder of the Free African society and he founded the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, the first black church in Philadelphia, in 1794. According to the website the original St. Thomas Church was located at 5th and Adelphi Sts., now St. James Place just a few blocks from Independence Hall. The current location is Overbrook and Lancaster Philadelphia.  Absalom Jones ashes are enshrined at the chapel there. Names for future reference that Mr. Jones mentioned were Bushrod Washington nephew of President Washington founder of the American Colonization Society, a movement to assist free black people to move back to Africa. Paul Cuffe was a sea merchant from Massachusetts who helped to colonize Sierre Leone.


The next speaker was Richard Allen (February 14, 1760 – March 26, 1831). Richard Allen was born into slavery in 1760. Benjamin Chew was his owner who eventually sold him to Sturgis Stokely.  He introduced himself as a founder of the Free African Society and the Founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He was also a wagon driver for the Continental Army during the American Revolution.  He spoke of an incident at St. George's Methodist Church when the African congregation was in the middle of prayer they were ask to leave and go to a separate part of the church. Rev. Absalom Jones was there and asked to finish his prayer and they all got up and walked out of the church.  Bishop Allen claimed this to be the first civil rights action.  He also spoke about the Yellow Fever Epidemic in Philadelphia and how the people of color were thought to be immune and were called upon to administer help to the victims. During that time many were accused of stealing possessions from those they tended to.  That was the gratitude they received for helping while most of the white population fled the city but the African population stayed and proved to be of great assistance to Benjamin Rush. Bishop Allen also mentioned that he gave the eulogy for former President George Washington.  I was confused by this statement because I had thought I just read Henry "Lighthorse" Lee gave the eulogy and he did at the Zion Lutheran Church in Philadelphia.  Richard Allen gave the eulogy at the Bethel Church on December 29, 1799 and it was reprinted in the Philadelphia Gazette on December 31, 1799. Whereas, the original building is no longer there the parcel of land at 6th and Lombard where the Mother Bethel Church stands today is the oldest parcel of land owned by African Americans in this country. Originally I found Richard Allen to be angry or frustrated when he began to speak but by the end of his discussion I think he portrayed the voice of the times exactly as they were and those voices still speak to us today.

James Forten (September 2, 1766 – March 4, 1842) was the third speaker.  I came across his name twice before in my history story readings.  The first being my list of people buried at Eden Cemetery in Collingdale.  Since the cemetery did not open until 1902 and the fact that he died in 1842 this is not possible but there is a memorial stone to him there, whether his body was later moved there or not I do not know. James Forten was different from the other two speakers, he was soft spoken but held himself differently than the other two gentlemen. He had a dignity about him.  He did not have to command the audience like the preachers did.  He was a man of means, a success, he was rich and he was born free. He was a respected member of society but he was still a man of color. He was a sailmaker and a successful business man and used his wealth to work for the progress and rights of the people of color. He mentioned Francis Scott Key and Henry Clay as strong proponents and participants in the American Colonization Society a movement that seemed to view free African Americans as refugees. James Forten also came up in my searching of privateers during the American Revolution.  He served with the Continental Navy as a very young man and was captured and held prisoner by the British and refused freedom in support of his country risking being sold into slavery.

It was a special treat for me to hear these stories. I do not have a database in Black History, it was not taught when I was in school but there are plenty of resources out there and it is never to late to learn. These gentlemen were a live example of the education that is available. I hope I can offer not a complete Black History but pieces as I come across them. Even if for a brief time, I hope I have the opportunity to recognize it when I see it and sit on a bench by the road and just listen. We might all learn something we did not know.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Upcoming Events Week of February 22

Tickets are on Sale now for April 22 Roaring 1920's Gatsby Gala at the Sage Farmhouse. Tickets $125 per person, support the Middletown Free Library.
February 23-25 How to Survive in Space Hangout in Space with UK astronaut 9- 10 a.m. 

February 23  1696 Thomas Massey House and Marple Historical Society Present "George Washington" by Arch Hunter Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge Historian and Professor at 7:30 p. m. Marple Christian Church 475 Lawrence Road, Broomall, PA. Refreshments to follow.

February 25 NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly Talks One-Year Mission in Final In-Space News Conference. Live on NASA TV 12:05 p.m.

February 26 Arc After Dark Annual Fundraiser at Springfield Country Club to support advocacy work for people with disabilities 7- 11 p.m. Peg DeGrassa of the Delco News Netwrk will received the 2nd Annual Community Partnership Award

February 26 International Stand Up for Bullying Day

February 26  Hollywood Marines - History Lecture by Dr. Gary Grove 2 p.m. at the Middletown Free Library.  Hollywood Celebrities who have served in the United States Marines. Registration required!

February 26-28 Lancaster Roots and Blues Music Festival

February 27-28 Beyond Boom-Boom Sticks and Fancy-Dress Balls: Women's Lives in Early America at Washington Crossing Historic Park.  Come for a weekend of insightful formal lectures and related hands-on workshops from some of the region's most well-respected historians and interpreters in a supportive and welcoming environment.
Best Practices for Women of the Army by Carrie Fellows, Augusta County Militia and Executive Director- Hunterdon County (NJ) Cultural and Heritage Commission.
The Housekeeper with No Name: Building Character From (not quite) Scratch by Kirsten Hammerstrom, Director of Collections- Rhode Island Historical Society and a Living History Interpreter.
Tangled Thread: Weaving in 18th-Century North America by Mara Riley, Independent Researcher, Historian, and Fiber Artist.
Death By Petticoat and Other Myths About Women in Early America by Mary Miley Theobald, Historian and Freelance Writer.
The $75 registration fee for the conference day includes a resource packet with handouts from each speaker, light breakfast, lunch featuring historically-inspired dishes, and tour of the site. Also, $10 from each fee will be donated directly to the Friends of Washington Crossing to aid in their continued efforts of preservation & education.
All workshops will be taught twice on Sunday, February 28th;
Session I: 10:30am - 12 noon & Session II: 1:30 – 3pm. Fee: $15/workshop/session.
Tiny Looms: Tape Weaving in 18th-Century North America with Mara Riley.
Interrogating Objects: Material Culture, Interpretation, and Character Development with Kirsten Hammerstrom.
The Bare Essentials, or "“Do I Really Need That?" with Carrie Fellows
If you're interested in learning more or to register, visit
February 27 Fare Festival 2016 in Warminster, PA. Beer, wine and food 1 - 5 p.m. 

February 28 The 88th Academy Awards on ABC. Play the Official Oscar Challenge presented by Kohl's.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Words About and by George Washington

George Washington lived at  Pope's Creek, Virginia from 1732-1735. It was his birthplace.

The general, by his own choice received no pay during the Revolution.

The Battle of Brandywine was fought on September 11, 1777.

This statue found at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania depicts the "Father of our Country" wearing his military uniform but carries a civilian walking cane rather than his sword, which has been set aside. He stands by a farmer's plowshare, a symbol of his love of peace and agriculture.  He rests his hand on a bundle of rods called fasces, a Roman symbol of civilian authority.  Here the thirteen rods represent the joining of the original states and the strength gained fro that unity.  This description was obtained from the nps signage at the site.

I spotted George Washington and a few of his troops a few years back in New Hope, Pennsylvania coming out of an ice cream store. We spoke briefly and he told me he had earlier that day been at a rehearsal for the "Crossing of the Delaware". His spirit lives on from that great victory, so much so that it is repeated every year.

You can read Washington's full reply Moses Seixas at this Library of Congress link.

"First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen." Henry "Light-Horse Harry was the father of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

I had always heard that the construction of the Washington monument ceased during the Civil War because the country ran out of money due to the war, hence the two toned color of the monument.  Now I have read a most interesting account. Money had indeed ran out but Congress had agreed to appropriate $200,000 towards the project along with contributions from other sources but rescinded the offer because of the reaction of one stone contribution. Pope Pius IX donated a marble stone and members of the anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant American Party--better known as the "Know-Nothings"--stole the Pope's stone as a protest and supposedly threw it into the Potomac.You can read the entire story "Determining the Facts" at the website.

Washington sought not the security of power but the power to secure America's independence, to build a nation devoted to freedom and human dignity. I think more than any other President, he shaped the contours of the Presidency. He established a model and set precedence that has served us well, and no wonder he is remembered as the Father of our Country. Citation: George Bush: "Remarks at the Dedication Ceremony of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota," July 3, 1991. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project.

"Freedom is a light for which many men have died in darkness"
"The independence and liberty you possess are the work of joint councils and joint efforts of common dangers, suffering and success" (Washington Farewell Address), Sept. 17, 1796).

It is a tradition in the U.S. Senate to select a member alternating parties to read Washington's Farewell Address on February 22. This year (2016) the Senator from Delaware, Mr. Coons will read the speech.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Things That Have Healing Power

Perhaps not medically induced healers but these things can make you feel better.  
Some of the drugs I depend on.




Cussing (sorry if I offend, it helps me)
it is often the first thing I do when I sustain an injury.
Taking a Walk

Concentrated Breathing

Screaming out loud in frustration


Comfort Food (Chocolate and Ice Cream)

Time they say heals all wounds

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Top 10 Things that We Use to Measure


Measuring Tape


Measuring cups in various sizes

Measuring spoons

Mile Markers



Stop watch


Fingers are used to count, to approximate a size and sometimes it is a handful or an arms length. It is important to use the tools we are given yet we all often guesstimate which questions all of our accuracy.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Ten Noteable Monkeys

Some more famous than others but all definitely recognizable.

The first monkey in space, Albert, June 11, 1948.

Abu from Aladdin

Curious George

Bubbles was Michael Jackson's monkey

Monkey See and Monkey Do (twins?)

Hear no evil, See No Evil, Speak no Evil (Triplets?)

Barrel of Monkeys (always a fun group)

The Monkees as a musical group, Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork and Mickey Dolenz.

Remember the yacht Monkey Business?

If born in 1908, 1920 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980,1992, 2004, 2016 between certain dates in either January or February (depending on the Chinese calendar) and January and February of the next year, you are a monkey.

Happy Chinese New Year of the Monkey

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Upcoming Events this Week February 16 - 21

and the Grammy goes to.......Lady Ga Ga, what a superb tribute to David Bowie.

Photography exhibit called "Faces of Literacy" (photographs by Andy Shelter Photography; design by Amy Pollack of Twist 'n' Shout Graphic Design).
Now the exhibit is going on tour throughout Delaware County, starting with the Marple Public Library, 2599 Sproul Road, Broomall PA 19008. Twelve of the twenty-four photographs from "Faces of Literacy" are currently on display in the lobby of the Marple Public Library and will remain there to be enjoyed for the entire month of February.

February 16 Students from the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) charter schools in Austin, Texas, will have the opportunity to speak with a NASA astronaut currently living and working on the International Space Station The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. During the event, hosted by the Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin native and Expedition 46 Flight Engineer Tim Kopra, who launched to the station on Dec. 15 will answer questions from second, fifth and sixth grade students from KIPP Austin Obras Elementary and KIPP Austin Vista Middle School at 11:55 a.m. EST.

February 17 Nature's Medicine Cabinet - Essential Oils Workshop at Middletown Free Library 10:30 a.m. registration required.

February 19-21 The Philadelphia Home Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center 12th and Arch Streets 

February 19 - 21 Greater Philadelphia Pet Expo in Oaks, PA at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.

February 20 Bethel Township Preservation Society presents: Garnet Mine Display Grand Opening. Come walk down memory lane with us. Learn about local history, see old photos and maps, deeds, jewelry, and beautifully polished locally mined garnets from 11 a.m. to 4 John L. Myers Memorial Township Building, 1082 Bethel Road, Garnet Valley, PA. This is a free program. However donations are sincerely appreciated. Special display items will be available only during the grand opening. Display cases will be available for viewing most Saturdays in 2016. See the website: Questions? Call (610) 459-4183 or email

February 20 Mummers Mardi Gras Parade in Manayunk 17 String Bands Parade at 11 a.m. events all day until 6 p.m. Raindate February 27.
February 20 Cheers for CHOP at the Vally Forge Casino 

February 21 Winter Tea Party at the Carter Weir House hosted by The Collingdale Historical Society from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. $5 Suggested Donation
Patriotic Favorites and Music provided by Fran Sanskey. Please e-mail for more information. Come and help us celebrate President's Day! For more information or to RSVP, please contact the

February 21 Chester Children's Chorus and St. David's Episcopal Church Children's Choir will perform a free concert 5 p.m. at St. David's Chapel 763 Valley Forge Road, Wayne, PA.

February 21- May 9 "Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change" at the Barnes Museum.