Yes!

Thirty-six years ago at just about this time, Father DiNardo said "I now pronounce you man and wife!" Wow -- 1980. The olden days! No PCs, no internet, no cell phones or tablets, nope! Just family, friends, good food, laughter, dancing, and champagne! We met in August, 1979. It was a whirlwind courtship! He said, "I love you" first, but I said it back right away. He proposed in December; I didn't even realize he... Read more →


Saturday 9: Papa Don't Preach

It's Saturday, it's Caturday, it's World Juggling Day -- time for the Saturday 9! If you're not familiar with today's song, you can hear it here. 1) Madonna has sold more than 200 million records worldwide. Do you have any of her songs on your iPod/mp3 player/phone? Not a one. I'm probably committing heresy here, but I've never been a big Madonna fan. 2) When she first arrived in New York in search of fame... Read more →


A Life in Pictures

Happy birthday to my Mom, who would have been 105 today! Here she is, from just after birth to just before death. I'll let the photos speak for themselves. 1911 - just a baby 1913ish - about 2 1922 - 11 years old Late 1920s or early 1930s 1933 - wedding portrait with Pop 1942 - with my older sister 1961 - my older sister's wedding 1960s - rockin' the platinum hair 1978 - 50th... Read more →


Saturday 9: Ode to Billie Joe

I remember when Ode to Billie Joe came out! I was 15 in 1967 -- in between Freshman and Sophomore year in high school. I didn't really like the song because it seemed very soap opera-y to me. I mean, of course it was a baby they threw off the bridge, right? Anyway, on to the Saturday 9! Ode to Billie Joe (1967) If you're not familiar with today's song, you can hear it here.... Read more →


The Further Adventures of Grumpy Walker

So Mother Nature said "All right, FINE!" to our complaints about the sunless May weather and abruptly switched on high summer. You don't like cool and rainy? Welcome to hot, hazy, and humid! This makes walking a sweaty, stinky chore. Whee. I have persevered, though. Tuesday was actually almost lovely -- high 70s and a nice breeze -- so Joe and I did the long walk. It started out to be the short walk, but... Read more →


Trails

Last weekend we went to Lower Perkiomen Valley Park for a nice long walk along Perkiomen Creek. This park is lovely! It has ball fields, picnic pavilions, secluded picnic spots, and a wide paved trail. It's not as rife with superhero cyclists as the Schuylkill River Trail, which I appreciate! There's a little dam at one point, which reminds me of the deadly Brookmont/Little Falls Dam on the Potomac. Perkiomen Valley Park We left the... Read more →


Saturday 9: These Boots Were Made for Walkin'

Saturday 9: These Boots Were Made for Walkin' (1966) Of course, I meant to do this yesterday, on actual Saturday. That, alas, did not happen, so here we are! Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here. 1) In this song/video, Ms. Sinatra's boots make a serious fashion statement. Do you choose footwear for comfort or fashion? Comfort first, for sure. However, I do like cute shoes! I must say, though, that I have never... Read more →


Can I Get A Witness?

Last weekend we had a play date with the lovely and talented Mike and Maria Pratt. We quaffed some beers and ate some barbeque at the newly opened beer garden at Stable 12 Brewery. We enjoyed sundaes at Zwahlen's. And, thanks to Maria, we saw one of three Witness Trees in Valley Forge National Park. A Witness Tree is a tree that was alive during the Continental Army's encampment at Valley Forge in 1777 --... Read more →


The Quilt of Memories

This is NOT a sponsored post. No quilts were harmed in the writing of this post. I didn't get paid or anything for writing it. So there. When we to Pennsylvania, we purged our belongings. This purging included scads of tee-shirts. We only kept the ones we wore on a regular basis and the ones rife with sentimental value. I stored the ones rife with sentimental value in a box in the closet. Then, on... Read more →


Mystery

Two preserved Betzwood Film Studio buildings are right next to each other alongside the Schuylkill River Trail. When I take my "long" walks, I pass them. A couple weeks ago, on one of my evening walks, I noticed something odd. There were three distinct spots of light on the side of one of the buildings. (The top one looks a little like Pikachu, don't you think?) I turned around to see where the light was... Read more →