Looking South – 10th Street Laundromat Mural

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Up on the Roof

South Philly RooftopAlong Broad Street in South Philadelphia

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Pot Roast with Mushroom Gravy

My mom used to make this – comfort food at it’s best, and so easy! Take a bottom round roast, place it on a sheet of foil, top with cream of mushroom soup and onion soup mix, seal up the foil and throw it in the oven. Leftovers make great hot sandwiches or chopped up with  gravy over egg noodles. Perfect cold weather fare!  Continue reading

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Look-Out Sister!

This is a fascinating curio from the late 1940s that I discovered on the Internet Archive channel on my Roku box. It’s a low budget Western featuring an all black cast and starring The King of the JukeboxLouis Jordan! The plot is a threadbare cliche about a struggling ranch and unscrupulous characters trying to steal the deed, but the reason to watch it is the wall-to-wall soundtrack and musical performances provided by Jordan and his Tympany Five.

You can watch Look-Out Sister! embedded above, and if that doesn’t work for you, head over to the Internet Archive and watch or download it for FREE!

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Beef and Broccoli

This is a quick dinner to throw together, fits the bill on weeknights, and the fellas love, love, love it!  Continue reading

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Calexit – The Anthology

My latest book cover – ten stories by ten authors in this anthology collected by J.L. Curtis.

When California declares independence, their dreams of socialist diversity become nightmares for many from the high Sierras to the Central Valley. Follow the lives of those who must decide whether to stand their ground, or flee! In San Diego, the commander of Naval Special Warfare Group One finds his hands tied by red tape, even as protesters storm the base and attack dependents. In Los Angeles, an airline mechanic must beg, borrow, or bribe to get his family on the plane out before the last flight out. Elsewhere, a couple seeks out the new underground railroad after being forced to confess to crimes they didn’t commit. In the new state of Jefferson, farmers must defend themselves against carpetbaggers and border raiders. And in the high Sierras, a woman must make the decision to walk out alone… Featuring all-new stories set after Calexit from JL Curtis, Bob Poole, Cedar Sanderson, Tom Rogneby, Alma Boykin, B Opperman, L B Johnson, Eaton Rapids Joe, Lawdog, and Kimball O’Hara.

Available in paperback or Kindle.




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Looking South – Lamb & Veal




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Banana Bread Crumb Cake

Due to an excessive amount of “senior” bananas in the fruit bowl, I made this Banana Bread Crumb Cake. Makes getting out of bed on a Monday morning a little easier!  Continue reading

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Plywood the Cat

Sunday will mark a year since Plywood has taken up residence in our home. It didn’t take him very long to make himself at home – understandable, since a sofa cushion is much more comfortable than a trash can lid. He caught a mouse in the dining room his second week here, proving that he earned his keep, haven’t seen one since!

While he is an affectionate creature, he’s not a lap cat. He follows me around like a dog, sleeps at my feet, and keeps me company in the kitchen when I’m making dinner. He bats at a bell tied to the basement door when he wants it open, stretches across my keyboard when he’s hungry, flops down near his brush when he wants to be groomed, and is underfoot on Sunday mornings when I bring the shopping cart in because he knows there’s a treat for him in one of those bags.

In his own way, I think Plywood appreciates his rescue from the mean streets of South Philly. He licks our hands when we pet him, and purrs like crazy when fed. He even revs his kitty motor when his litter box is being scooped! Of course, the feeling is mutual, we adore him and can’t imagine life without him!


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When I was 21…

A warning sign attached to a fairly scary bar in the Grays Ferry section of Philadelphia was the inspiration for this year’s anniversary card.

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In 1996, we got all gussied up and hitched at St. Paul’s. It’s been a rollercoaster, but I can’t think of anyone else I’d rather be on that ride with. Happy anniversary, Joe!

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South Philly Pumpkin Patch


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A Chat with Christopher Lee

Being that Halloween is right around the corner I thought I would share this odd but delightful rarity that I discovered while fishing for something to watch on my Roku. If you are unfamiliar with the Roku, I’ve written about it before, but, in brief, it is an internet enabled device that connects to a television and delivers streaming entertainment from a variety of either subscription based or free channels. I found the gem below on one of the strange freebie channels. It’s an hour of Christopher Lee talking about his movies, and it’s fascinating!
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Pappardelle with Butternut Squash and Arugula

This is the perfect fall dish – pappardelle tossed with roasted butternut squash, walnuts, and baby arugula in a brown butter sauce. I made my pasta, but you can buy sheets of fresh pasta in your local specialty store and cut it up with a knife or pizza wheel or buy it dried. No judgement – whatever works for you! This is a delicious, vegetarian pasta entree that’s quick to throw together on a week night in less than an hour.  Continue reading

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