Monday, October 31, 2016

10 Ways to Stay Safe on Halloween

When I was little, my grandmother the talented seamstress that she was made many of my Halloween costumes, I still have three of them, the clown, the pilgrim and Martha Washington. Years later, my brothers and I would just run up to the attic and dig in the Halloween trunk and make up a costume over the years we had quite a collection.

Halloween has changed a lot. I know people who love this holiday one of my best friends and it was also one of my mothers favorites.

Besides the people that consciously do dastardly things on this holiday, you have to worry about these things......

1. Alcohol, Drugs a Poor Halloween Mix read the article.

2.  Halloween Can Be a Fright for Kids With Food Allergies

3. Skin Patch May Help With Peanut Allergy read article

4.  Halloween Health and Safety Tips read more

5. Fun Halloween Scramble found at the cdc webite. It says for kids but the young at heart can figure it out too.

The following reminders from the website

Follow these tips to help make the festivities fun and safe for everyone:
  • Provide healthier treats for trick-or-treaters such as low-calorie treats and drinks. For guests, offer a variety of fruits and vegetables.
  • Use party games and trick-or-treat time as an opportunity for kids to get their daily dose of 60 minutes of physical activity.
  • Be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could cause someone to fall.
  • Keep candle-lit jack o'lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains. Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.
  • Remind drivers to watch out for trick-or-treaters and to drive safely.
FDA Lucky 13 Halloween Tips 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Statue of Liberty 130th Anniversary

The Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognized symbols of the United States. 
What does she mean to you?

Her resume:
 Named Liberty "Enlightening the World" a gift from France
U.S. National Monument 1924
U.S. National Register of Historic Places 1966
New Jersey Register of Historic Places 1971
New York City Landmark 1976
UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984

Imagine our ancestors arriving in the New York Harbor and seeing her for the first time.
What excitement! What hope! What freedom! Give me liberty!

 "The New Colossus"
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,'
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

Emma Lazarus refers to the statue as 'the Mother of Exile" in her poem.

In 1876 the hand holding the torch arrived in America and was displayed 
at the Centennial in Philadelphia. 
In 1877 it was moved to Madison Square in New York and stayed there until 1882.

The head was exhibited at the Paris World's Fair in 1878. The face is said to be that of 
Charlotte Bartholdi, mother of the artist, Frederic August Bartholdi

There are 25 windows running the length of Lady Liberty’s crown, which is topped by seven rays, meant to convey both the light of the sun and the seven seas and continents of the world.  Here is a view out one of those windows, you can see the arm and a point on one of the rays.

Originally it was meant to be a lighthouse, but as big as she was it was dimly lit. Had a woman designed it, she would have been bright, just saying. Only dignitaries were allowed on the island during the dedication, I also read,that only two women were permitted, Bartholdi's wife and Ferdinand de Lesseps' granddaughter. There was a supposed fear women would be trampled by the crowd, this infuriated suffragists, so they rented a boat and got as close as they could. Leaders made speeches applauding that Liberty was portrayed as a women and used the opportunity to promote a women's right to vote.


The eleven pointed walls at the base that the pedestal sits on are part of the original Fort Hood. If you have ever seen an aerial shot it is shaped like a star.  It was preserved and the pedestal and the statue in turn were built upon it.

The photograph was taken in 2000 and you will notice the Twin Towers standing tall in the background. The following year the next class in line did not get to take this field trip. Someone messed with their liberty and our freedom on September 11th. That is something I will never forget, neither will anyone alive that day. We can't let that define us or take away our freedom.To me that only means to the  victor belongs the spoils. I want to feel as safe in this country as anyone else. Maybe that is the cost of freedom but I don't think it should be.

The 1984 reconditioned torch is made of 24K Gold Leaf.

was officially dedicated October 28, 1886 while 
President Grover Cleveland was in office.

Happy 130th Birthday Lady Liberty
Long May You Shine
and continue to be
that beacon of hope. 

Here is a list of other important people that were involved

Inspired by Edouard Rene de Laboulaye (French)
Designed by french sculptor Frederic August Bartholdi. (French)
Charlotte Bartholdi, mother of the artist inspired the final face of the statue. (French)
The bones (framework) built by Gustave Eiffel (French) designer of the Eiffel Tower, he also drew up plans for the Panama Canal (worth a read).
Architect Richard Morris Hunt (educated in France, designed the pedestal (American) one of the founders of AIA and designer of the Great Hall, Grand Staircase and the Fifth Avenue Facade of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, many mansions of the old money families in New York and also the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, the largest privately owned house in the United States, still owned by a Vanderbilt family member.
Joseph Pulitzer helped raise money to finished American part of the project. Joseph Pulitzer also famed for leaving money in his will to establish the Pulitzer Prize.
President Grover Cleveland presided over the dedication.
Bartholdi had the honor of unveiling.
Edouard Rene de Laboulaye who inspired the project passed away before the dedication and his vision was in place. I also read he was an honorary member of the Union League in Philadelphia but I only found that at one source, I like to see it in two places to fact check.

Get on board, this country was built on the backs of  working men and women, regardless of religion or race. Full steam ahead, there are flaws in every person, every family but it doesn't mean we are not great when we work together.

Happy Birthday Lady Liberty and thank you for the reminder of who we are.

Měiguó rén, 
Gli Americani,
and everything in between.

My paternal grandmother as a young girl of 16 was one of the immigrants that saw hope in the statue's eyes. I might still be in Ireland had she not, although Ireland is a beautiful country too. My paternal grandfather's people can be traced back to Jamestown, the English. It is incredible how far we have come and still have such a long way to go.

 The above photograph was taken in 1976, although the quality is not that good, it made a profound impression on me. (Of note this would have been before the renovations of 1984, so it is the original arm and Eiffel's other tower would have been inside, so in a small way adds to the value of this photograph to me.)We did not get up close and personal with the statue that day but what bothered me was the trash, There it was a view, my first glimpse of this beautiful symbol of the United States and someone trashed it. Littering was a big campaign back in those days and I never dropped a piece of litter again. When I see someone else do it, I will say loud enough for them to hear it, I'll get it. People do things unconsciously all the time, surely a little mindfulness doesn't hurt. Don't trash your country and try to help remind those that do, it only makes us look trashy to the outside world. We should all care about that.

 This is a photograph of the stairs up to crown. I remember it being a difficult climb but I am glad I took it. It is only open on a limited daily basis now and you need special tickets ahead of time.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Upcoming Events This Weekend October 28

October 28 Swarthmore College Book Sale 

October 28 Swarthmore Tot Parade at 4 p.m. for children 0 - 6. Starting point is Thatcher Park "Tot Lot" on Rutgers Avenue near the post office. If it rains heavily, go directly to the library for an indoor parade.

October 28 True Tales from the Tombs at Laurel Hill Cemetery 7 p.m. Raindate October 29.

October 28 and 29 Spooky, comic and thought provoking, Halloween Short Play Festival at Media Arts Center and Gallery 609-B State Street in Media. $10  - 60 minutes in length.

October 29 Bark in the Park and Fall Festival at Rose Tree Park 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 5KRun or Walk with your dog. Also prizes will be given out for best kisser, best lap dog, best ears, best costume, best tail wagger......

October 29 Halloween on the Farm - Children's Event at Colonial Plantation Admission: Adults an children 4-12 $8, children under 4 Free. Wear your costume. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


October 29 Vietnam Veterans Event at West Chester Eat High School Auditorium 2 p.m. more info

October 30 The American Lung Association 39th Annual Radnor Run.

October 30 Fall Family Day at Laurel Hill Cemetery 1 - 3 p.m.

Upcoming Reminders 

October 31 Halloween

November 1 Conservation Center CCAHA's Open House Artifacts treated in the lab will be displayed including rare books and fine art. RSVP by October 28. Located at 264 S. 23rd St. Philadelphia.

November 1 Chester Historical Preservation presents Mid-19th Century Chester at Hedgerow with Nancy Webster 7:30 p.m to 9 p.m. 

November 1 The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research Wants to Hear from You. They are conducting a listening session at several locations across the country and also are offering an opportunity to listen in to those that are unable to attend.  You may also send suggestions via email. If you miss this one there are additional opportunities coming up.  Click on the link to register and get more complete details.

November 7, 4, 21 and 28 Stargazing at Widener University Observatory 5th floor of Kirkbride Hall 17th and Walnut Streets in Chester.

November 12 Nether Providence Class of 1971 reunion at McKenzie Brew House 451 Wilmington and West Chester Pike in Glen Mills more info at Faceboo Nether Providence class of 1971 or call 856-906-3153.

November 16 Designing a Digital Imaging Project: Planning and Fundraising at the Rosenbach of The Free Library of Philadelphia. Click for more details and to register. $60 fee. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

10 Problems with Pumpkin Parts

There seems to be this big movement against pumpkin, saying there is just too much. Could this be considered bullying?

Pumpkin Bread (with the right additional spices, why not)

Pumpkin Pancake Batter (I  would try)

Pumpkin Ravioli (not yet)

Pumpkin Pastries (never had but will never say never)

Canned Pumpkin (will be around for Thanksgiving, great recipe)

Pumpkin Spice (it's in my spice cabinet)

Pumpkin Seeds (been a while but I could partake.)

Pumpkin Pie (in desperation, why not if last choice, it's dessert)

Pumpkin Yogurt (tried it)

Pumpkin Shaped Chocolate (I am envisioning Reese's)

Pumpkin beer (adds a little cheer)

Pumpkin Spice Creamer (Gotta have it in season)

Every Thanksgiving, my grandmother made the best pumpkin pie, every one raved, after she passed my mother used the same delicious recipe off the back of the Libby's pumpkin pie filling can. I now have that responsibility.

I was never a pumpkin pie fan, so my grandmother also made lemon meringue pie, my favorite. It had more sugar.

It is my humble opinion, there is no need to smash and bash the pumpkin if you don't like it, be sweet go for the lemon meringue.

Whereas the problem does not lie with the pumpkin, it is the pumpkin protestor.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

10 Fingers on the Button

 Some of us are new to the election process and the rest of us have been through it many times over.

We have had presidents with star power.

We have had VP's run for president that have lost!

We have had some controversial candidates.

Sometimes you wonder, what if they would have won?

How about a future President Palin?

This is a tricky one, he did some great things for this country but probably will be remembered for the wrong things he did.

Regardless which side of the aisle you feel you sit on.....

Come November 8th, a new President of the United States will be elected. Whoever wins must be accepted. You can lick your wounds if your candidate looses but groaning, complaining, and stubbornly folding your arms, doesn't get any of us anywhere.

I didn't see this on television, hear it on the radio or the Internet so I am not sure if it is true, but according to the magnetic display on my refrigerator, America is not made up of red and blue states we are much more colorful than that.

We all have the right to our opinion and vote for whoever speaks to their vision of America.
After the election, let's put aside our differences and focus on the core values we all share.

There are quite a few things we all believe but the most important is, we love our country. Every day in America is not great but to be able to call yourself a United States citizen, come on that is pretty awesome. Let's start there.

You alone have the finger on that button.

Let's button this election up.

Two more weeks!!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Events this week October 24 2016

October 24 Toomey and McGinty senate race debate. The debate will start live at 7 P.M. at Lew Klein Hall at Temple Performing Arts Center. It is being presented by Pennsylvania League of Women Voters and 6 abc, where it will shown live.

Oct. 25 Marple Historical Society Lecture  7:30 p.m. Rich Paul  "Where Pennsylvania Began: Delaware County’s Contribution to American Society and Culture" at the Marple Christian Church 475 Lawrence Road in Broomall.

October 26 The Art of Magic, a six week course on Wednesdays 6 - 8 p.m. for ages 14 - Adult at the Media Arts Council Gallery 609-B W. State Street in Media. $75 fee

October 26 Rethinking Institutional Properties - FREE EVENT from 4 p.m. to 6 Ambler Borough Hall, Council Chambers, 131 Rosemary Avenue, Ambler, PA 19002 A  discussion on how to embrace our past and invest in our future by adapting former institutional properties for new purposes. When institutional buildings and grounds are no longer needed, they can be successfully transformed into residences and businesses that enliven the surrounding community while preserving the architectural character and heritage of landmark places in our neighborhoods. This collaborative process offers an opportunity for municipalities and developers to plan ahead and meet challenges creatively. This session will examine successful case studies of institutional adaptive reuse in the county and provide guidelines that can be used by communities to plan for and achieve transformative reuse. NOTE: Please arrive between 3:30 and 4:00 for registration check-in Online registration: Managing-Evolving-Insti-165 Event contact: Rita McKelvey - (610) 278-3753 or
October 26 Haunted Delco at the Media Upper Providence Library 6:30-7:30 p.m.

October 26 Delaware County Literacy Council honors Champions of Literacy Greg Manfre, Ed.D. (left in above photo), has worked in the Upper Darby School District for 25 years. In 2014 Dr. Manfre became the first Director of Student Affairs and English Language Learner (ELL) Services, guiding the district’s efforts to facilitate “achievement of English proficiency and the academic standards” for students whose dominant language is not English. Currently, over 2200 students in the Upper Darby School District speak a language other than English, including 78 different languages and students from 59 different countries. Dr. Manfre helped forge an innovative partnership with the Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC) to offer evening English classes at Upper Darby High School to the parents of the district’s ELL students. More than 200 Upper Darby adults have been served by this program so far.
Vijai and Jyoti Gupta (center in above photo) of Jyoti Natural Foods are champion husband and wife entrepreneurs who employ many immigrants at their Sharon Hill PA food-processing plant. Founded in 1979, Jyoti Natural Foods creates and packages nutritious heat-and-serve Indian foods to be sold in supermarkets. The flavorful recipes of registered dietitian Jyoti Gupta and the numerous patents of Vijai Gupta, including an innovative bean-cleaning technology, have helped the business grow. Vijai Gupta explained his willingness to employ immigrants in a March 30, 2016, Philadelphia Inquirer article, saying, "Why not help somebody?" The Guptas also often go the extra mile to help their immigrant employees succeed and navigate their lives in America, assisting with issues like child care and health care. Over the years, the Guptas have seen their employees and their families make great strides, with many college graduates among the children of Jyoti employees.
Pennsylvania State Representative Margo Davidson (right in above photo) is the first woman and first African-American to represent Pennsylvania’s 164th District. Her district includes parts of Upper Darby Township and the boroughs of East Lansdowne, Lansdowne, Millbourne, and Yeadon, so her constituents include many immigrants. Throughout her years in public service, Rep. Davidson has fought to stabilize communities and create jobs. Rep. Davidson serves on the Local Government, Commerce, and Finance committees, where she has authored and co-sponsored legislation that supports small business growth and public safety and that minimizes the tax burden on the middle class and working families. She holds numerous outreach events so that she can be accessible to her constituents, including mobile office hours.

October 27 "Pivotal Elections": A Lecture by Historical Roger Arthur at 6:30 Marple Library, 2599 Sproul Road, Broomall, PA 19008 As this year's election approaches, Mr. Arthur returns with a timely presentation. He will discuss four different presidential elections (1800, 1860, 1864 and 1960) that changed America. Please register in advance. 610-356-1510.

October 27 Mentalist and Mystery Performer Christopher Crow at Aston Library "Strange Happenings" at Aston Library 6 p.m.
October 27 The 2016 Annual Psychic Fair sponsored by the Aston Township Lioness Club 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at American Legion #926 3220 Concord Road in Aston. Admission $5 Readings $20.

October 28 The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research Wants to Hear from You. They are conducting a listening session at several locations across the country and also are offering an opportunity to listen in to those that are unable to attend.  You may also send suggestions via email. If you miss this one there are additional opportunities coming up.  Click on the link to register and get more complete details.

October 28 Hot Spots and Storied Plots Tour at Laurel Hill Cemetery 10 a.m.

October 28 Poe Arts Festival at the German Society of Philadelphia, 611 Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia 5 - 10 p.m.  Early registration Tickets $10. More information at

Friday, October 21, 2016

Highlights of the 1696 Thomas Massey Colonial Harvest

 The National Register Historic 1696 Thomas Massey House is located on Lawrence Road in Broomall, PA.

In case you missed it, the Colonial Harvest  was held on October 15, 2016.

 Children embraced the craft tables.

Live music had the crowd on their feet and dancing

Blacksmith's were hard at work and had wares for sale.

This was an interesting option, you could sample any or all baked goods for free. If you liked one or two or three, you could purchase the recipe for .25.  I sampled two, I liked two, I purchased two recipes. Christmas cooking will have a colonial flair this year and yummy. I also purchased the larger apple butter inside. I am only sorry I didn't get two.

Something was hot and bubbling here. One would most certainly expect a witch nearby. What was brewing? Animal fat and 3/4 water. Can you guess the end result?

 No witch at all, this lovely lady explained how to make candles in colonial times. You dip the strings which will later be wicks into the boiling recipe and pull it out after a short period of time. If you leave it in too long it will just melt. The thicker the candle the more dips. I checked on her later, she was busy. In colonial times, five and six year old girls were given this task. Now we give them an IPAD to occupy their time.

Candle dipping although it looks dangerous, seems more productive. Families sometimes bartered for goods using candles. Candles were like cash. If you had candles you were rich or at least had something to trade.

Special guests: Inside representatives from the Sons of the American Revolution, First City Troop and the St. Andrew's Society offered insight into flags and where the idea for the American flag may have came from, as Rich Paul and the crows listened intently. A name new to me was Francis Hopkinson, all flag enthusiast need to look him up. Heaven to Betsy and her efforts but Hopkinson gets credit for the original design. He also had a hand in the design on the one dollar bill. Francis Hopkinson is buried at Christ Church burial ground in Philadelphia.

Special quest: Ned Hector set up camp outside to educate the visitors on the contribution often colored troops in the American Revolution.  Mr. Hector was so exhalted for his efforts that a street in Conshohocken is named for him. Noah Lewis who portrays Ned Hector is also interested in coming out to schools and teaching kids about the role of African Americans in the American Revolution, something not very often found in history books. You can find additional information about his presentation at

The Massey House is open to visitors through the end of October on Sunday 1 - 4 p.m.

Upcoming Events:
See the list at:

October 25 Delaware County, Where America Began  Lecture at the Marple Christian Church next to the Massey House, with Rich Paul speaking. Rich Paul is the Chairman of the Delaware County Heritage Commission and knows his Delaware County history and is on top of all the historical events.

November 24 Antique Car Show and Frost Bite Run

December 3 Christmas Open House 1 p.m.

Look for future dates of their Colonial dinners, they do not have many dates offered but when they do, you don't want to miss it. Reservations have to be made at least a month in advance. It is that good.

I saw Senator Tom McGarrigle at the harvest event.  He pulled up right next to us in the parking lot. He wasn't driving but as he got out of his car he acknowledged us and walked over to the crowd and mingled. I recognized him from the many Veterans Parades I have seen him walk in down State Street in Media, when he was on Delaware County Council. It is things like this, seeing politicians active and out in the community participating that gets my vote. Diabolical debates, smear ads on television and the countless postcards I just have to recycle the clutter only serve to make me think, don't you have something better to do or offer? Forget about Facebook and Twitter get out there and let the people see your face, let them see you care. Maybe I am just old school but that matters to me.

He was even wearing Eagles green. Possibly honoring his own heritage but it doesn't hurt to promote the home team. That is good politics.