Looking South – Cappuccio’s Meats

 

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In Japan the Hand Can Be Used Like a Knife

Being that my inexpensive but beloved Sketchbook from Heaven will soon be exhausted, I needed to find a replacement. A small, landscape sketchpad roughly the same size was proving impossible to find. The only solution was to make my own!

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Carrot Raisin Bread

I adore this bread – it’s sweet, but not too sweet. Perfect with coffee in the morning, flecked with shredded carrots and dotted with raisins. It makes getting out of bed on these last cold days of winter bearable!

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Looking South – 10th Street Laundromat

 

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Sketching and Watching Trash

Friends ask me if I’ve seen the latest episode of such-and-such or gorged myself upon the latest streaming series. They’re usually terrified or at least concerned for my well being when I admit to the crap that I actually pipe through my Roku box.

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It’s Pi Day!

It’s National Pi Day, and to celebrate – I made French apple hand pies! For those who are unfamiliar, French apple pie is a combination of apples and raisins, with a glaze on top. These tiny pies can be eaten in about four bites – it’s like pie without the guilt!  Continue reading

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Monster Storm

According to the local weather channels, there is a “monster snow storm” headed our way. Salt was purchased, boots are lined up at the door, and the fridge is stocked. Plywood is resting up for the arduous task of sitting in the window to watch the snowflakes fall. Stay warm and safe everyone!

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Which One is Pink?

Pink Zeppelin This post is sort of an addendum to my earlier post. It’s the digital cherry on my analog sundae.

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Looking South – Bubbles Laundromat

Drop off service at 26th & Dickinson.

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Rumble in the Record Store

Rumble in the Record StoreYeah, I’m back again with another doodle in the cheap sketchbook. What can I say? This torch that I found cannot be drowned. It seems that I haven’t enjoyed doodling this much since I was about five years old. Back then I used to spread my paper and pencils in front of the TV set while Wee Willie Webber unspooled hours of Ultra Man, The Three Stooges and Marine Boy on WPHL.

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Lamb on the Grill

Spotted on a Philadelphia Housing Authority truck in Bella Vista.

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Atomic Warrior V Pink Zeppelin

Atomic Warrior VS Pink ZeppelinMore fun with Derwent’s water soluble pencils and the Sketchbook from Heaven. Continue reading

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Italian Pear Cake

We were spoiled by spring-like days of temperatures in the mid-sixties, until the thermometer dropped thirty degrees. I took that as a sign to turn on the oven and bake something! I had a couple of stray pears in the fruit bowl, and decided a pear cake would fit the bill.  Continue reading

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Looking South – The Royal Theater

Photo by Wenzel J. Hess

I am mournful to report the obliteration of another piece of Philadelphia’s past. The Royal Theater on 15th and South was built in 1919, and showcased African American entertainers. While it may not be as historically significant as the city’s other gems, it was an important part of the city’s musical history – giants of the 20th century performed here – Fats Waller, Bessie Smith, Cab Calloway, and Billie Holiday. The Royal closed in 1970, and after years of neglect, and the appearance of a willing buyer – The Royal Theater met the wrecking ball.  Continue reading

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