Looking South – Sketching in the Park

I turned the corner and was surprised to see artists making representational art rather than what I usually see – coffee drinkers fiddling with a smart phone.


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DescentBeating up a boring photo with GIMP and Affinity Photo.

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Rhubarb Syrup

I made a rhubarb pie, cut up enough to freeze for a future pie, and made syrup! I used one part syrup to five parts seltzer, although it would be good in lemonade or with champagne.  Recipe under the cut. Continue reading

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parkingWeathered neon sign in Philadelphia

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Sketchbook from Heaven • 1/22/2017 – 5/7/2017

Usually when I finish off a sketchbook, I have either a feeling of accomplishment because I’ve managed a few competent scribbles within or relief in that I finally put an especially irritating pad that I made the mistake of purchasing out of my misery. With this cheap little scratch-pad I got for Christmas, I felt sad as I turned to that last page at the local YMCA. The sketchbook which had given me so much was giving it’s last. Continue reading

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

On Saturday morning, the vendors on 9th Street had 2 pound boxes of gorgeous strawberries for $1.50. Which made me peckish for strawberry rhubarb pie – problem was, no one had rhubarb. Then I got the bright idea of hitting up Anastasio’s Produce on Christian, and they delivered! (As a matter of fact, they even had fiddlehead ferns – which will warrant a return visit and a future post!) Getting back to the pie – this time I switched it up and used brown and granulated sugars and grated orange zest for flavor – I think it’s my best yet!  Continue reading

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Looking South – Broad Street Run 2017

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The Sketchbook from Heaven is fading fast. I only have a couple of blank pages left as of this writing. I’ll soon be moving on to the sketchbook I cleaved in two in order to approximate the aspect ratio of my soon-to-be completed pad. Hopefully the new sketchbook will be as good to me as the cheap one which was dumped into Target stores during Christmas as a “one-shot deal” never to be seen again. Continue reading

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Looking Up at The Drake


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Rimworld – Into the Green

The latest effort of author Jim Curtis arrives today in the form of Rimworld – Into the Green. Ordinarily, Mr. Curtis writes in the action adventure genre, but this time he’s giving his readers a novel length science fiction saga. The cover comes courtesy Willceau Illo and is now available in either a printed version or ebook edition.

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Sautéed Dandelion Greens

The boy and I were on our usual Saturday jaunt on 9th Street to shop for dinner and pick up lunch at Lorenzo’s. We were on the lookout for asparagus, when we stopped at Pat and Larry’s stand. They had fat bundles of dandelion greens that looked good enough for us to change our minds about the asparagus. Some olive oil, thinly sliced garlic (think Paul Sorvino in “Goodfellas”), half a lemon, and crushed red pepper in a sauté pan and you’re good to go!  Continue reading

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Bird Watching


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Looking South – Snakes Alive!

Wildlife for sale on 9th Street.

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The Brotherhood of Post-Apocalyptic Mutant Dinosaurs

Father RexFather Rex of The Brotherhood of Post-Apocalyptic Mutant Dinosaurs.
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