On New Year's Day, we welcomed in 2018 with the usual pomp and celebration here in the United States and around the world. In my hometown of Philadelphia, PA welcoming in the New Year means one thing above all others. That would be the annual Mummers Parade. For the uninitiated, the Mummers Parade is one … Continue reading Duffy String Band opens 2018 with bittersweet Mummers tear-jerker
As I write this, the sun is glistening off the snow pack that has covered my street for the better part of the past six weeks. Temps are forecast to keep rising and, mercifully, the snow should be gone by the weekend.But for weeks now, Philadelphia and surrounding areas have had to deal with mountains … Continue reading No Savesies?
Do you know that weird sensation of connection to your roots that you often feel when you see an old family member, friend, lover, teammate, or co-worker for the first time in years, maybe even decades?Depending on the circumstances of your meet, it sometimes doesn't hit you until later. But almost always we go through … Continue reading The Good Old Days
Happy Birthday to me! Well, to me and everyone else celebrating today. I share this birthday with baseball's J.D. Drew, football stars Mark Gastineau and Joey Galloway, comedians Richard Dawson and Dick Smothers, musician Joe Walsh, and a trio of gorgeous actresses: Bo Derek, Sean Young and Veronica Hamel. This was also Bobby … Continue reading 47
I was born and raised in the 2nd Street section of South Philadelphia, and during the late 1960's and into the mid-1970's my parents sent my brother and I to school at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a Catholic elementary school. The home parish church for that school was located directly across from our little … Continue reading Our Lady of Mount Carmel