Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Portside Art Festival 2016

Sunday, April 24, at Penn Treaty Park

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Monday, April 25, 2016

A Work of Art and More

Photo taken at the Portside Festival April 24, 2016

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Friday, April 15, 2016

Thanks For The Memory

The Big Broadcast of 1938

It's the story being told that brings me back to this song from time to time.

Thanks For The Memory

Shep Fields and His Orchestra with vocals by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross.

Thanks for the memory
Of rainy afternoons, swinging Harlem tunes
Motor trips and burning lips and burning toast and prunes
How lovely it was

Thanks for the memory
Of candlelight and wine, castles on the Rhine
The Parthenon, and moments on the Hudson River line
How lovely it was

Many's the time that we feasted
And many's the time that we fasted
Oh well, it was swell while it lasted
We did have fun, and no harm done

So thanks for the memory
Of crap games on the floor, nights in Singapore
You might have been a headache, but you never were a bore
I thank you so much

Thanks for the memory
Of China's funny walls, transatlantic calls
That weekend at Niagara when we hardly saw the falls
How lovely that was

Thanks for the memory
Of lunch from twelve to four, sunburn at the shore
That pair of gay pajamas that you bought and never wore
Say, by the way, what did happen to those pajamas?

Letters with sweet little secrets
That couldn't be put in a day wire
Too bad it all had to go haywire
That's life, I guess, I love your dress

Do you? Thanks for the memory
Of faults that you forgave, rainbows on a wave
And stockings in the basin when a fellow needs a shave
I thank you so much

Thanks for the memory
Of Gardens at Versailles, and beef and kidney pie
The night you worked and then came home with lipstick on your tie
How lovely that was

Thanks for the memory
Of lingerie with lace, and Pilsner by the case
And how I jumped the day you trumped my one and only ace
How lovely that was

We said goodbye with a highball
And I got as high as a steeple
But we were intelligent people
No tears, no fuss, hooray for us

Strictly entre nous, darling, how are you?
And how are all those little dreams that never did come true?
Awfully glad I met you, cheerio, tootle-oo
Thank you, thank you

Music composed by Ralph Ranger and lyrics by Leo Robin

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Save St Laurentius Church Update

Regarding the Save St Laurentius Church group

A shift or compromise developed towards the goal to save St Laurentius Church this year can be traced between January 22 and March 2. It unfortunately was not clearly presented and, in part, presents questions of contradicting positions. It was only then, April 1, that the Save Saint Laurentius group made an effort to clarify and publicly state their new position of compromise. (Saving the church structure but not the interior.)
This newly stated position comes out of the blue for those of us who are not intimately associated or just casual observers of developing issues concerning St Laurentius. It also makes an unjustified criticism of a much needed neighborhood preservation group. There obviously was a lack of communication between the two groups. The contradicting statements (changing) and action by the Save St Laurentius group is a factor.
The Save St Laurentius Church group, in part, closed off some public discussion around April 2014. The other contributing part was some of the Fishtown public responses that were less than desirable. It quickly turned into vitriolic exchanges which did not help the cause regardless of the passion and reasons.
It is for the above stated actions that a willingness to communicate to find common ground and goals are painfully needed. It is also notable that the Save St Laurentius Church group never (clearly) stated what action the preservation group took that is "foolish." The other side of the coin is whether the preservation group did or didn't make/have prior contact before taking action.
The preservation groups action was to seek historic designation for the interior of the church. The Save St Laurentius group had done the same thing and thus the contradiction.

It still amazes me that regardless of the gaffes that the common goal remains to save St Laurentius Church. The best part is that there is no known effort by the Fishtown community to sabotage this effort. Support this effort even if it requires a grain of salt.  Donate for a worthy cause: Save St Laurentius Church

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