Tag Archives: Philadelphia

The Great Escape

Stormy has had it with show business. The 1600 lb. Hereford escaped a live Nativity scene in Philadelphia yesterday. Twice. The first time, the 7 year old cow was found heading south on Interstate 95 at about 2:30 am. Police … Continue reading

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Mister Softee

It’s the jingle heard in every neighborhood, and it hasn’t changed since the 1950’s. I got stuck behind a Mister Softee ice cream truck on the way to a local park. I didn’t mind, I was smiling the whole time, … Continue reading

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It might be a dying art, but there is something so special about the handwritten letter. I have saved so many over the years; some from friends, most from family. None were more special than those from my Aunt Mary. … Continue reading

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I, Immigrant

My mother’s family emigrated from Germany in the 1700’s, from Ireland in the 1800’s, landing in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. My father’s family were among those “huddled masses” of the early 1900’s, escaping eastern Europe for a better … Continue reading

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Beyonce and Bocelli

Like many, I’ve been preoccupied this weekend with the comings and goings of Pope Francis; not because I’m a practicing Catholic, but because I’m fascinated with the media response. Living in suburban Philadelphia, I used to count myself among those … Continue reading

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Walking Cross-Town. Heal the wounds. Heal the wounds from the ground up.

Originally posted on Live & Learn:
“Pray for me.” Soft spoken and gentle, he leans into a man and his child amid the throng on the streets of DC. He repeats. “Please pray for me.” I ponder that for a moment.…

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Town Mouse and Country Mouse

“I never saw a pig until I met your father.” She used the line often. It always got a laugh. We all knew what she meant. She was born and raised a city girl. She married the son of a … Continue reading

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Three Funerals and a Wedding

Starring Hugh Grant and written by Richard Curtis, “Four Weddings and a Funeral” is a lovely piece that might apply to my family, with a slight twist. There was a time in my teens when I lost 3 members of … Continue reading

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Poinsettias and Pedophiles

It was the holiday from hell. I was 7 years old.  I was molested at the Christmas light display in a crowded foyer of the landmark Wanamaker’s store in Philadelphia, Pa. He walked up from behind me and grabbed underneath.  … Continue reading

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