Taking Holiday Orders


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On Bainbridge


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The Fall of 1982

Spooky TreeI think this is somewhere near Gateway Regional High School late in 1982. I shot this for a photo elective course I was required to take as an illustration major at the Philadelphia College of Art. I think the skeletal quality of the leafless tree appealed to me so I dedicated a frame of Pan-X negative film to it many moons ago.

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All Aboard!


Another restoration from my collection of old family photos. As usual, it’s an unmarked photo – and I had no idea what kind of uniform he was wearing. Initially, I thought he was a fireman in his dress uniform, but I noticed there was a number on his cap, and researching old photos of firemen in the town I grew up in, it wasn’t a match. I did a Google image search, and I came upon this photo of a man in a similar coat with multiple pockets – he was a train conductor. Oh the beauty of the internet! I still don’t know who he is – but hopefully someone will chime in and solve the mystery. Original photo behind the cut.  Continue reading

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With the holidays approaching, I’ve beginning to stockpile cookie dough for the freezer. I pick one afternoon – crank up the Frank, Ella, Perry, and Esquivel holiday music and bake like a lunatic. I’ve never made rugelach before, so I thought I’d give it a shot. You can’t really go wrong with a dough that’s comprised of butter and cream cheese, and filled with raspberry jam, pecans, chocolate chips, and chopped dried cranberries.  Continue reading

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Up on the Circle

Park N' Eat • 1982The following frames are among my favorite shots from this Photo Elective series. They are photos of a defunct greasy spoon known as the Murphy House that sat before a swampy marsh up in the area where Westville ended.

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Buckeye Cake



A Buckeye cake is chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting, and a chocolate glaze drizzled on top. If you thought I got a little heavy handed with the frosting in between the cake layers, that’s not frosting – it’s a peanut butter cheesecake! Oh yeah.  Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Joe!


It’s been our tradition since we’ve been dating to make birthday cards for each other. Joe’s head is a photo I took of him on our third or fourth date, I used it on the very first birthday card I ever made for him and then on all of the ones that followed. Sometimes when you have a good concept – you just gotta roll with it.

Happy birthday Joe!


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Happy Thanksgiving!


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Too Pretty To Eat



…but we will. Crazy week – but I managed to bake a pie and a cake and juggle the 347 things on my to do list. Make that 348 – I need to pick up some ice cream to go with the pie.  Continue reading

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Traffic Stop at Broadway and Olive

traffic-stopBroadway and Olive circa 1982. Scanned from a negative.

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Cheese Straws



Cheese straws are the perfect nibbly thing for your guests to snack on before Thanksgiving dinner. Cayenne pepper gives them just the right amount of heat, which pairs well with a glass of wine or a cold beer. A small side dish of buttery Castelvetrano olives may not be a bad idea either.  Continue reading

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Hooray For Hollywood



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