City of Mirrors

City of MirrorsEmerging from the 16th Street Exit of the Market-Frankford El into the heart of Center City Philadelphia.

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Nana’s Peanut Butter Cookies



I found this recipe written on a piece of paper in my grandmother’s 1954 copy of Betty Crocker’s Good and Easy Cookbook. I’ve published a few peanut butter cookies recipes on here, but curiosity got the better of me, and I whipped up a batch on Saturday morning. Not only are they easy to make, these cookies are soft, chewy, and full of peanut buttery goodness!  Continue reading

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Last Day at the Pool


As of yesterday, our neighborhood pool closed for the season. Due to budgetary limitations, the city can only keep them open for about six weeks in the summer. However, those six weeks are a little slice of heaven when the temperatures are in the 90s and the humidity is unbearable.

In the eight years we’ve been frequenting our pool we’ve met a lot of great people. They’re strangers whose names you know by August. Sometimes, you even run into them in the fall or winter, and stop on the street to catch up. The best part is the staff – who are part cop, part disciplinarian, and part host of a cocktail party. Thanks guys for another great summer!

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Friday Five – Number Ninety Five



Ninety-fifth in a series creating a collage using five elements.

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The Gates of Hell

Forbidding Fence I know that we’re basking in the dog days of summer, but Halloween is just around the corner! With October 31st in mind, I decided to take a spooky shot and see what I could do to push it a little more dramatically. I shot this a while back deep in South Philly and decided to play around with it a bit in Photoshop and in it’s free, open source rival GIMP.

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School Photo


This is a photo of my grandfather that I forgot I had. He was born in 1891 – so a guess on my part is that this was taken in 1902 or 1903. What I definitely know is that it is him – since his name is written on the back of the photo, and really – good looks and bow ties run in our family! Original photo behind the cut.  Continue reading

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Heading East in 1981

Discount General MerchandiseHere’s another Photo Elective shot by Tina Garceau. As I’ve said before, all sophomore students majoring in illustration at The Philadelphia College of Art were required to take a minor course in photography where the students would take and process black and white, 35mm images. I lived in South Jersey and commuted to school, while Tina lived in and shot her photographs around the school’s downtown Philadelphia campus. This is about a block away from the school’s former location. This is the corner of Broad and Locust circa 1981.

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Experimental Pizza



I found Fleischmann’s Pizza Crust Yeast in the grocery store, and I thought I’d give it a shot. I pretty much followed their recipe with the exception that I pre-baked the crust for 5 minutes before adding the toppings. It was good, quick, no proofing the yeast or allowing time for the shells to rise. I still like my old recipe for making pizza – but in a pinch, you can make this pizza in less time than it takes to order one.  Continue reading

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JuniperJuniper looking North in Philadelphia, PA. It’s sort of a seedy alley that runs parallel to Broad Street. I used to race my bike down here when I worked second shift at a place near 13th and Vine. It wasn’t an area you wanted to dawdle in at night. It looks positively pleasant in the daylight.

Post processing in Affinity Photo

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Friday Five – Number Ninety Four



Ninety-fourth in a series creating a collage using five elements.

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Arm Wrestling


Another mysterious family portrait, the man in the middle holding the stop watch is my grandfather. The other two guys –  they may be co-workers from American Thread, brothers, cousins, or friends, hopefully someone chimes in. I do love the staged scene, and the button boots which dates this photo in the late teens. Original photo behind the cut.  Continue reading

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Henry H Has Left the Building

Taws Artist Materials circa 1988

Photo courtesy of Kristen Nyberg


Taws – on the extreme left – looking pretty much the same in 1950

An art supply store has operated from this locale close to the corner of 16th and Walnut in what’s known as Center City Philadelphia since 1897. It has changed hands a number of times through the decades, but it’s always been known as Henry H. Taws. When I went to art school, it was one of the art supply stores we all knew about but seldom entered because they were pricier than the other stores and tended to favor their professional clientele. We would only head to Taws when everybody else was out of stock of an item, and we had no choice. If nobody else had it, surely they would. That was their reputation.

Once inside, the customer was greeted by an overstuffed shop filled to the rafters with tools and supplies that would satisfy practically every artistic discipline except photography. It was fun to look around and salivate over their offerings that the meager budgets of art students could never afford. Of course, after being accosted the third or forth time by an insistent staff member, it was time to go.
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69th Street

69th StreetWhere the Market-Frankford Line originates or terminates depending on where you’re headed or your point of view.

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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie



Despite the tarts and pies I post here – I try to balance it out with healthier choices. For instance, I keep a large container of cut up fruit in the fridge all summer. After spending three to four hours in the pool on the weekends, my son comes home ravenous. A smoothie made with Greek yogurt and fruit is enough to tide him over until dinner.*

(* Plus a few graham crackers and maybe an additional banana! Who am I kidding?)  Continue reading

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