Our 19th wedding anniversary was drawing near, and I was in a panic! It’s our tradition to make cards for each other, and I wanted to give Joe a special, classy gift – a portrait of us trapped in a brandy snifter with the mandatory artificial rose. Much to my dismay, this service is no longer offered. What gives, are photographers too busy Instagramming? I had to take matters into my own hands, and fabricate my own. I’m glad I did, I think it’s a keeper!

Happy anniversary Joe!

…and she hands the mic over to Joe…

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Friday the 13th

fri-the-13-detailBeing that Halloween is practically upon us, I figured I would dust off this curious piece of ephemera found in a flat file cabinet at a Philadelphia area printer.

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The Philadelphia Experiment


A work assignment brought me deep, deep down into South Philly this week – down to The Navy Yard. I’ve lived in Philly for a long time – but this is the first time I’ve been down to one of this city’s more historic locales. It’s not a functioning military installation anymore, but there are a lot of mothballed ships docked down there. It’s an interesting vision. Continue reading

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Banana Coconut Cake



In an attempt to use up the spotted bananas on the kitchen table and the leftover coconut from last week’s birthday cake – I give you Banana Coconut Cake. A lovely, moist cake that can hold it’s own without frosting. Although, if you’re feeling decadent, I suppose you could always drizzle a glaze on top – or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Your call.  Continue reading

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Fox Cleaners

Fox CleanersOff of my beaten track but it’s Philadelphia just the same. 7343 Elmwood Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19142

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Happy Columbus Day!


Columbus Day is on October 12th, but the Columbus Day parade was held on the 11th. Starting at Washington Avenue and ending deep, DEEP in South Philadelphia. One of Philadelphia’s favorite sons, Frankie Avalon was this year’s Grand Marshal of the parade, along with Philadelphia radio legend Jerry Blavat in a celebration of all things American, Italian, and Philadelphian.  Continue reading

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Lee-Locke Tombstone

Lee-Locke Tombstone Here’s another Photo Elective shot I took in South Jersey back in 1982. My camera was focused and my mind fixed upon the subject of death and decay because I was a horror film fanatic at the time, and I thought it would be arty. Recently I posted photos of junked cars. Today’s post has me wandering around what I believe to be the  Green Cemetery in Deptford Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey.

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Coconut Cake



It’s not every day a girl gets to celebrate a prime number birthday – a coconut cake makes it that much sweeter!  Continue reading

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The Prime of Miss Tina Garceau

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Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash



The temperatures dropped this week, making it perfect for colder weather fare. This stew is loaded with shredded chicken, butternut squash, tomatoes, and brown rice. Throw together some yeast rolls, and you’ve got a fabulous meal!  Continue reading

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Red Sweater

Red SweaterPlaying with a family snapshot with Photoshop killer Affinity Photo.

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Somewhere in South Philly


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weatheredPart of the steeple of what was The Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church. The building now houses the Phat Quang Buddhist Temple. Read about it here.

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Man with a Long Coat


Another family photo – I don’t know who he is – yet! Interesting that he’s posed in the photo wearing a long coat with a bowler hat on the table. It reminds me of the beginning of the movie The Magnificent Ambersons, where Orson Wells in voiceover, describes the changing fashions of the era. Perhaps this long coat and bowler hat were all the rage at the time and this ancestor of mine was rightly proud of it and decided to commit it to posterity with a photograph. Original photo behind the cut.  Continue reading

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