Mount Sinai

 

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Slowly but surely it’s coming down!  Continue reading

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The Acrobat

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A member of the Almanac Dance Circus Theatre performing at the Fleisher Art Memorial ARTspiration event.

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Near 16th & Walnut Circa 1991

Taws 1991This is the paper counter of a Philadelphia art supply store I’ve written about before. Papers and art boards would be ordered as one would order meats and cheeses at a deli counter. A member of the large staff would wrap up the paper or boards and would tally up a handwritten receipt that would be paid for at a separate cashier. As a customer and an employee, I thought the arrangement was annoying, but now that this sort of store has been lost to the sands of time, I have come to appreciate it. Buying paper at one of the art supply super-stores is a drag. Self-service usually means every man for himself, and it’s a mistake to let art students paw through the paper drawers. I came to that realization when I was seeking a sheet of Strathmore bristol that had not been pawed over by an uncaring rabble.

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Cherry Blueberry Galette

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Galettes – when there’s laundry to do and not a whole lot of time to make a pie. Make a single crust, pit the cherries with a chopstick over an empty water bottle, fill, fold, and bake!  Continue reading

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Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters

Mufaro's Beautiful DaughtersMufaro’s Beautiful Daughters was a play performed by fourth graders at GW Childs Elementary School at 16th and Wharton in South Philadelphia.

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Muda Mudi

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Broad Street Line Exit on Walnut

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Treasure Trove of Trash

Roku remoteI’ve written before about my favorite home entertainment device and the wonderfully weird channels found on it, but I’ve recently uncovered a Treasure Trove of Trash that I did not know existed, and it was right under my nose!

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Raspberry Ricotta Cake

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I love a good one pan cake. This recipe came from Bon Appétit – it’s easy to throw together, and it’s delicious! Seriously, I’m going to have to make another one because it’s going to be sad when someone eats the last piece. Yeah, it’s that good.  Continue reading

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Rimworld – Stranded

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J. L. Curtis has branched out into outer space, and fortunately for me, he’s taking his favorite illustrator along for the ride. I’ve illustrated the covers of Jim’s The Grey Man series, which take place on modern day Earth. Now Jim marks his entry into the science fiction genre with Rimworld – Stranded. If you have an e-reader or tablet, head over to Amazon now where this short story can be had for less than a buck.

Not only is science fiction new to me, but so is the program used to create this cover. This is my first venture using vector art program Affinity Designer. I’m still getting used to the tools, but I like it a lot. This may turn out to be my tool of choice for all my book covers, stay tuned!

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Lemon Crumb Loaf

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A lemony loaf with an crumbly topping and fresh fruit. It was the perfect light dessert for our BBQ on Saturday night! And the perfect light breakfast on Sunday.

  • For the topping:
    • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
    • ¼ cup granulated sugar
    • pinch of salt
    • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
    For the loaf:
    • 1½ cups flour
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1 5-oz can evaporated milk
    • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
    • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
    • 2 large eggs
    For the glaze:
    • ½ cup confectioners sugar
    • 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  1. Preheat oven to 350º and grease a 4′ x 8″ loaf pan. In a small bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt. and butter for the topping. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk evaporated milk, oil, zest, and eggs, add dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Pour into prepared pan, and sprinkle with reserved topping. Press down gently with fingertips. Bake for 60 minutes, check for doneness with a toothpick inserted into the center, you may need to bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes – I did.
  4. When finished, remove from oven and cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Run a knife along the edges, and turn loaf out of pan. Let cool completely.
  5. Whisk the confectioners sugar and lemon until smooth, drizzle over loaf.
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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There were three spotted, overripe bananas in the fruit bowl begging to be a banana bread. I wanted to try something different, so I substituted peanut butter for some of the oil, and added chocolate chips. Because chocolate chips make everything taste better.  Continue reading

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Above South Street in 1991

1991-rooftop on South StreetThis is me gazing at Center City from the roof of an apartment on South Street I was living in at the time.

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Italian Market Festival 2016 – The Pole

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After nineteen years, the greased pole is back at the Italian Market Festival! The thirty foot, lard coated pole has prizes at the top for anyone daring enough to try. These guys made several attempts, drawing a massive, cheering crowd. I’m not certain if there were any winners, but it was fun to watch, and great to see an old tradition brought back to the festival! More photos behind the cut.  Continue reading

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