The Grey Man – Changes


In March of last year, J.L. Curtis published his first book The Grey Man – Vignettes. Less than seven months later, he followed up with Payback – the second book in the series. Yesterday he released book three – The Grey Man – Changes. Publishing three books in less than a year and a half is quite a feat, especially given the fact that writing is something he does in addition to an intensely busy career that bounces him all over the globe.

With his granddaughter, Jesse, still recovering from her last run-in with the Cartel
and now far away with her Marine husband on a military base, Cronin only has to worry about the innocents around him. One way or another, this old school law man plans to end this cat and mouse game for good. But, this time, the Cartel is playing for keeps; ending this war might just cost the old man his life. Either way Cronin plans to go out on his feet, fighting tooth and nail. 

Jim – Congratulations on another pretty damn terrific novel, and as always, it was a pleasure working with you!

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Happy Father’s Day!


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Friday Five – Number Ninety



Ninetieth in a series creating a collage using five elements.

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Eagle Point Refinery

Eagle Point RefineryBack 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.

Pictured above is the Eagle Point Refinery across the Delaware from Philadelphia.

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A Sad Shrek

Truck MascotsSad Shrek dollHere’s another example of the urban phenomena I refer to as Truck Mascots. Truck Mascots are discarded stuffed animals that are usually lashed to the grills of large industrial trucks although this one is attached to a pickup. This driver adorned his vehicle with a large Shrek figure that looks like a bootleg won at a carnival. Somebody spent a lot of time, money and dexterity acquiring this cartoon character only to discard it. Sad.

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Joseph LaJeunesse


The good news is there was writing on the back of this photo – Mr. Joseph LaJeunesse, 79 Grover Street, wake tonight. I guess “wake tonight” isn’t such good news, but at least there’s a name. I believe this may be my great-grandfather, although I may be debunked by one of my cousins. Still, I like the folded paper, 3D look of this portrait – it’s interesting how the photographers experimented. Original scan behind the cut.  Continue reading

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Arrugula Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette



This weekend I purchased a box of gorgeous, baby arrugula in the market – I love it’s peppery flavor. I made a salad for dinner on Saturday night with some vegetables I had in the fridge, along with a simple lemon vinaigrette. Arrugula makes an interesting addition to a to a turkey sandwich, as well as a delicious substitute for basil when making pesto.  Continue reading

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Saint Maron’s Lebanese Festival


Today is your last chance to catch St. Maron’s annual festival – food, live music, games, raffles, arts and crafts. They’re located at 10th & Ellsworth Streets, the festival begins at noon until 9 pm – stop by if you’re in the neighborhood!

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Friday Five – Number Eighty Nine



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

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Where’s My Boot?!

I had just written about the beautifully restored Boot & Saddle Sign on Broad Street in South Philadelphia, and I was looking forward to it being lit up and sharing a shot on the site when this happened!The Boot & Saddle Bar with no signHey, what gives?!

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Mrs Voorhees VS Rob Petrie


Betsy Palmer and Dick Van DykeDiagnosis Murder?

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I was searching for something in an old envelope of negatives, when I stumbled upon this gem. A photo of my father’s six sisters, on what looks to be a happy occasion, and judging by their clothes – I’m guessing mid to late fifties. We were so fortunate to grow up in such a big family! Original scan behind the cut.  Continue reading

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The Boot & Saddle Sign RESTORED!

If you’ve driven, biked, walked or crawled along South Broad Street near the Ellsworth subway stop in Philadelphia over the past several decades, you’ve probably seen this sign:
Boot and Saddle BarThe bar was vacant for years, but it’s recently been refurbished and is seeing new life as a bar and music venue under the same name. There were promises of restoring the sign, but the weathered original remained. It was still impressive, but it had seen some better days.


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