Sunday, October 23, 2016

At Least An Unwritten Law


Is there some way to stop our men from behaving this way? It could set off a whole new wave of conversion therapy.

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161 Year Old Church to be Demolished

South Kensington

Hancock Street M.E. Church founded in 1855 stands just around the corner off Girard Ave on Hancock St. Two mature trees stand on the left and right side of the church which obscures a clear view.
Joe, a neighbor, told me that L&I closed it down about two years ago. The structure was sound but in need of costly repair throughout. The congregation could not afford the cost and closed the church.
The demolition hasn't started yet. There is some word that a conversion into apartments is being weighed against the cost.
Another (unknown) church just a few doors down on Hancock was converted into a single family dwelling. Fishtown has a converted church on Thompson St, Marlborough St, Montgomery Ave and Susquehanna Ave and a convent on Susquehanna. An empty convent sits on Berks St.
I don't know anything else about this church except that I hope the old church is not demolished and it's dedication stone remains in place.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Fishtown Neighbor's Garden

Girard Avenue's Garden

Had my camera out for a walk. My destination was the old movie theater at 6th and Girard. I also shoot along the way because you never know what you might come across. This is what I mean.

I've passed by this garden many times but never saw it until today (Oct. 3) The gateway was wide open unlike any other time passing by. I could see the expanse of the garden and a gentleman sitting in the patio. I called in with a hello and an introduction. This man, Tim, welcomed me in to take some pictures. We spent at least a good half-hour sitting, talking with a flavorful glass of ice tea. There was a good edge of humor and stark frankness in the words of two older guys killing some time together. I was grateful for this time and the opportunity to photograph such a nice garden. I also had to get going.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Circle of Hope Thrift Store


The actual name of the store is "Circle Thrift":  A project of Circle of Hope and the Mennonite Central Committee. The store is located in Fishtown at the corner of Frankford Ave and Dauphin St. It's housed in an old well known neighborhood supermarket from yesteryear, Silvetstein's.
Their mission, as a whole, is noteworthy even if you don't share a  religious belief.  Belief put into action goes beyond religion: "...providing inexpensive clothing, creating jobs, building community and relationships..."

It's the warmth of welcome and edgy creative environment that got me to do this photo essay.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

My Back Yard

Nothing clever

I didn't do much because I didn't have too. It seems to take care of  itself. These Morning Glory's were planted around the cemetery over thirty years ago. It was easy to collect the seeds at the end of the season. I planted them in my back yard and they've been there ever since.

I don't know what's everything growing. It's nice to look at. The back yard can change your point of view. I'm not too sure what's happening right now but it's ok. Deb hangs clothing out on the line. It all works together.  

It all works together.

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