Looking South – The Royal Theater Part II

The back wall has been obliterated, the chain link fence removed. I’ve written about the demolition of The Royal Theater before, this is all that remains. It will soon be gone and sadly forgotten. One more photo behind the cut.  Continue reading

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Looking South – Train Shed

This area of Broad and Washington is in the throes of being developed into apartments and retail space. Fortunately, this train shed which served as a stop for President Lincoln’s funeral train en route to Illinois, is on the National Register of Historic Places and will be saved. The location had train service since 1836, and the structure was built by the Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore Railroad in 1878. Additional photos behind the cut.  Continue reading

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Chocolate Chip Rice Krispies Cookies

I stumbled across the recipe for these cookies searching for something else. I haven’t made them in years, so I thought I’d give it a whirl yesterday afternoon. The addition of the Rice Krispies make these cookies crispy-crunchy and adds a certain lightness to them.  Continue reading

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Palm Weaving

The yearly ritual of palm weaving on 9th Street.


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Exhuming Dead & Buried while Drawing

I returned to my Roku’s Amazon Video channel in order to bask in trash that I can halfway ignore while sketching. The great thing about Amazon’s Prime besides the expedited shipping is the addition of Prime video which is promoted as having a lot of original series and big Hollywood movies, but it’s packed about hip deep with trash. This is where I live. While trawling through the dump that is Amazon’s video library I came across Dead & Buried (1981) which I haven’t seen since it was first run on HBO back in the early ’80s.

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South Philly Varmint

When Joe calls me after he’s left for work, it means one of two things – he’s forgot something or he’s seen something crazy on his way to work. Such was the case yesterday morning when he spotted this fellow hanging about 7 feet from the ground on a fence in between 13th and  Broad on Washington Avenue.


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Sketching with an Audience

Plywood gazePlywood stares as I sketch,,,

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Looking South – “Little Bambino” Townwatch

The things you see looking up, and looking South in Philadelphia.

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Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Arugula Pesto

My boy never met a chicken he didn’t like – or a pot roast or pork chop. Every now and then, I switch it up and make a meal that’s tasty enough so he doesn’t miss his beloved meat – gnocchi with sautéed mushrooms, tossed with arugula pesto fits the bill.  Continue reading

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Devil Cat


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There are those who believe…

Lately, I’ve been watching trash and sketching, and I certainly watched some trash while completing the doodles in today’s post, but nothing really stood out as worth mentioning. There may have been something completely ignorable like Law & Order episodes that will continue in reruns even after life as we know it has ceased. I don’t know. I may not have looked up to see what was on.

I was surfing the selections on my Roku box; found it was taking an inordinate amount of time finding something awful that was worth writing about, and I decided to play DVD Roulette grabbing the first thing I laid a hand on from the TV cabinet. Continue reading

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Looking South – Friendly Lounge


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A French Girl Makes Manicotti

A week before Christmas, our neighbor Arlene gifts us with these magnificent oblong pillows stuffed with cheese, and individually rolled up in wax paper. They’re stored in the freezer, along with a loaf of Sarcone’s bread – awaiting a night when I have no time or energy to make dinner. It’s the best gift!

Making manicotti has been on my “things I want to make” list for a long time and have successfully avoided doing until now. I don’t know why – it’s pretty easy if you make the crepes one day and stuff them the next. This recipe makes enough to freeze for a future dinner. Take the plunge and serve with some No-Knead BreadContinue reading

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Sunday Funnies

Monkey & Bird Web Comic

Monkey & Bird Web Comic by Joe Williams & Tina Garceau

Now you can enjoy the adventures of Mickey the Monkey and Sylvia the Bird in a mobile device friendly format right here at Willceau Illo News! Read it HERE!

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