Blue Hawaii

Blue HawaiiAnother disk from the stash of records found at a printer. This album included Rock-A-Hula Baby which was Dolores Fuller’s first published song. Fuller was bad film auteur Ed Wood’s ex-girlfriend and featured in a a few of his films. She was played by Sarah Jessica Parker in Tim Burton’s biopic of Wood. It seems like Dolores did all right after splitting from Wood.

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A Walk ’round the Pond

A walk 'round the pondBack in the 1980s, I went to art school, and I along with all of the other illustration majors were required to take a minor course in photography. We had to shoot the photos as well as process the negatives and make prints. I don’t recall what the particulars of the class assignments were although I can tell from looking at the negatives which were the assignments and which ones were shot just to finish off a roll. The shots to finish a roll are a lot more interesting. While my fellow students mostly resided and shot their photographs in the vibrant metropolis of Philadelphia, I lived and did most of my shooting in and around the staid and solid small town of Westville, New Jersey.

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Alice Lajeunesse Vertefeuille

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Last week’s photo which had a number of names scrawled on the back, turned up some interesting information. Lisa, a woman from my hometown, led me to her family’s Facebook page. I was able to identify one of the women in the photo as Parmelie Vertefeuille.

Pouring through more of their family albums, I found a group portrait taken in 1916 and spotted the name Alice Lajeunesse Vertefeuille, wife of Alfred. One of my cousins recently mentioned that our grandmother had a sister named Alice, I began flipping through my stack of photos and found this shot of Alfred, Alice, and their daughter – another mystery solved! Thanks Lisa!

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Scott Peacock’s Chicken and Rice

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One of my favorite cookbooks is The Gift of Southern Cooking by Scott Peacock and Edna Lewis. It taught me the importance of brining a turkey, the best way to cook asparagus, and that food doesn’t have to be fancy to be good. Take this recipe for chicken and rice – it doesn’t look like much, no exotic spices or herbs, but trust me, it’s marvelous! It’s cooked very slowly in one pot until the chicken is falling off the bone tender, and the rice has a consistency that’s described as “puddinglike”. It’s good stuff! Continue reading

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Neo-Classical Sunrise

Neo-Classical SunriseA little after six in the morning on Broad Street. Shot of the Ridgeway Library which is now the front of The Philadelphia High School for Creative & Performing Arts.

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Friday Five – Number Eighty Three

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Eighty-third in a series creating a collage using five elements.

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What’s Better than Roses on Your Piano?

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Rhubarb Crumb Muffins

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My obsession with rhubarb continues – this week in muffin form. These muffins have the perfect amount of fruit and the crumb topping is heavenly!  Continue reading

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Where Pride Breeds Success!

Untitled-3-detDoes pride breed success or is it the success that breeds pride? Is this a cart before the horse issue or chicken before the egg? Continue reading

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Eleven Ladies

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I’ve been scanning and restoring old family photographs – many that were taken in the 1910s. Sadly, none of the people in my collection of photos are identified – except for this one. My grandmother is in the back row on the left. I’ve always been curious about this photo – are they related? Is this a group of school friends? I’m hoping someone out there recognizes their relative and chimes in.

UPDATE: Thanks to the Vertefeuille & Maurice family Facebook page – the woman seated on the left in the middle row is Parmelie Vertefeuille.

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The Spice Corner

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Sunday morning on 9th Street.

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Friday Five – Number Eighty Two

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Friday Five - No 82 Eighty-second in a series creating a collage using five elements.

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Aloha Means Good-Bye

Aloha means good-byeAnother platter from the Stax O’ Wax Collection of a huge stash of records found at a Philadelphia area printer.

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Neck Wallet Hack

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Last week I made a neck wallet for a friend who was the victim of a pickpocket. While rummaging through my sewing box, I came across some cord I forgot I had – so I thought I’d whip up a second one for her.  Continue reading

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