The Devil Smoked Kools

The Devil Smoked KoolsA drawing I recently found in a crumbling folder filled with old grade school homework. I have no idea what the context was or why I drew it. I was probably 7 or 8 years old at the time. Continue reading

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Pork Ragu

It’s been chilly in Philly, which makes for perfect stew weather – nothing better than making something that keeps the oven on for a couple of hours and warms the kitchen. This recipe calls for either a boneless pork shoulder or pork butt – I used the latter, both are relatively inexpensive cuts of meat. Braising in the oven with red wine and tomatoes makes the meat tender, and easily shredded with two forks. I made egg noodles, but you could spoon it over polenta, rice, or mashed potatoes. It was a big hit with the fellas. It serves eight, so there was enough leftover for me to freeze for another meal, always a big plus in my book! Continue reading

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GASLIGHT

Mystery Matinee

Today I am adding a new category so that I can share my love of radio drama — Mystery Matinee. Radio was king for a large portion of the twentieth century, and it was from radio where Americans received most of their news and entertainment. There was a lot of original programming such as musical variety shows and situation comedies, but occasionally a motion picture would be adapted as a somewhat condensed audio play. Such is the case with Lux Soap’s presentation of Gaslight.

Gaslight tells the story of a woman who unknowingly weds a villain who attempts to drive her insane by making her doubt the evidence of her own ears and eyes. It was based on a stage play and was filmed twice in the 1940s. The first version was made in England in 1940 and can be viewed online. The second, more famous version of the story was made in America with Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer. That cast was reassembled to produce the radio version you can listen to below.

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Read this students, QUIETLY!

Weekly Reader 29My Weekly Reader from the Spring of 1972. I found this in a crumbling folder of ancient homework and handouts from grade school circa 1972. Teachers would hand these out and make the students read them QUIETLY so they could cadge a cigarette or three in the teachers’ lounge and ponder their life choices. I have no idea why I hung on to these things.

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Ginger

We found out this morning that our friend Bill’s dog died. Ginger was a guest at many of our Thanksgiving dinners. She kept me company in the kitchen and guarded the oven until the turkey was done. Godspeed sweetheart.

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OH BOY!

OH BOY!A cartoon I did back when I was around 7 or 8 years old. It was probably drawn while I was splayed out on the floor in front of the television watching Wee Willie Webber. I found it in a crumbling folder along with some dated school work so I’m guessing this cartoon dates from the very early 1970s.

Crude, but it showed talent. Maybe not so much, but I did get a chuckle at the lunatic expression on the character’s face.

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Syd Kushner W I D E S H O E S

Syd KushnerAdvertisement for a Philadelphia shoe store from a November 23, 1971 edition of the Courier Post, a Southern New Jersey newspaper.

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