Sunday, August 20, 2017

Head to the "Jersey Shore..."

Since my birthday is in August, while I was growing up my dad would always take my birthday week as our family vacation. Living in Philadelphia, the most natural place for vacation was one of the many New Jersey beach resorts.




I included the New Jersey "shore" (as we call it in Philly) in my short story "Burgers and Hot Chocolate" for the Winter Wonders anthology, and in my novel, Magic Moment. Although the name of the town I penned, "Magic Lake Island," was fictional, inspiration came from childhood retreats in Wildwood and Cape May. 

Here are several of my favorite "shore" spots.




Wildwood



Best Boardwalk! You can sit with a treat and "people watch" for hours...



Cape May


The southern tip of New Jersey beach resorts.


Ocean City



Best Day Trip Destination...a simple hop, skip, and a jump from Philly.


FMI, check out the following websites:

www.wildwoodnj.org

www.capemay.com

www.ocnj.us


Have a great week, Everyone!


(photos c/o facebook.com/snoopy,
 facebook.com/dowildwood,
 facebook.com/CapeMayCity,
 facebook.com/OceanCityNJVacation)

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Happy Birthday, Snoopy...and, me, too!


Growing up, I always felt a "kinship" towards Snoopy. At first, I just thought it was because I l-o-v-e dogs.



Last year, while making my daily visit to Snoopy's Facebook page, I discovered that Snoopy's birthday, is August 10th. We're both Leos! 😊

So, Happy Birthday, Snoopy! Enjoy your special day! Me? I'm taking two weeks off from blogging to enjoy our birthdays!!!

Enjoy August, Everyone!


(photo c/o facebook.com/snoopy)



Sunday, July 30, 2017

Philly's Walking Tour of Sacred Sites...

As frequent visitors to this blog and my Facebook page know, I enjoy strolling through the Historic District of Philadelphia. This Summer I started taking theme-related walking tours sponsored by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia.




The tours are a fun way to spend a Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon. Our wonderful guides are eager to share their knowledge on the subject matter, and walkers are a friendly, sociable group. We all have in common a love for our city, Philadelphia, and a desire to learn more about it.

Two of our recent outings focused on the Sacred Sites in the Historical District. Given the boundaries lines of Philadelphia were more limited in those early days, and how William Penn created the city with the idea of religious freedom, I found it rather poetic that there was a church of a different faith on nearly every street corner.

We visited ten sites on our first stroll; on our second, eight. Our itinerary focused on both the historical background, and architectural design of the building. I thought I'd share a few of our stops with all of you.


Christ Church



Founded in 1695, and also known as "Historic Christ Church," many of our country's prominent names worshiped here (George Washington, Betsy Ross, Benjamin Franklin to name a few). The church, and its burial ground, are frequent stops of tourists to Philadelphia.



Old St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church



The second Catholic Church, Old St. Mary's was built in 1763 after Old St. Joseph's (built in 1733 and also on our tour). Commodore John Barry, father of the American Navy, is one of several historical figures buried in St. Mary's Cemetery which is adjacent to the church.



St. Peter's  Episcopal Church 


St. Peter's Church was founded in 1758 by members of Christ Church who had settled in the Society Hill area. William White, Rector of both churches, was also Chaplain to Congress during the American Revolution. St. Peter's, like Christ Church and Old St. Mary's, has a cemetery with notable citizens buried there, including seven Native American chiefs.


Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church



Founded in 1787, Mother Bethel is one of the first African American churches in the United States. The church also serves as a museum which houses many artifacts from the era including the tomb of its founder, Rev. Richard Allen. Along with his religious duties as pastor, Rev. Allen was a political activist involved in the abolitionist movement.


Old Pine Presbyterian Church



Founded in 1768. During the Revolutionary War, British troops overtook the church, using it as a hospital and stable for their horses. The pews were destroyed for fire wood. Although the inside has been redone, the church stands on its original structure with its primary brick walls.


Congregation Mikveh Israel


Founded in 1740, Congregation Mikveh Israel is the oldest continuous synagogue in the United States. Mikveh Israel had several notable members including Haym Salomon who helped finance the American Revolutionary War.




The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia is a nonprofit organization whose goal is safeguarding historic properties through education and activism. To find out more about their mission, events, and activities, check out Preservation Alliance's website, http://www.preservationalliance.com/


Have a great week, Everyone!


(photos c/o facebook.com/elfrethsalleymuseum,
 facebook.com/ChristChurchPHL,
 facebook.com/Old-St-Marys-Church-235761779800743,
 facebook.com/stpetersphila,
 facebook.com/MotherBethel,
 facebook.com/Old-Pine-St-Presbyterian-Church-121153817898413,
 facebook.com/MikvehIsrael, 
 facebook.com/preservationalliance)






Sunday, July 23, 2017

RWA Conference 2017!

This is the week Romance writers anticipate all year long...the annual Romance Writers of America conference. 




Romance writers from all over are headed to Orlando, Florida to enjoy four days of special events, workshops, networking, and catching up with friends.

To those who are traveling and attending, best wishes for an informative week, be safe, and have a great time!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

"Little Golden Books..."

Last week, as I browsed in a bookstore, I found myself thumbing through the Little Golden Books display. My thoughts traveled to my late grandmother, and when I was a child. Every other Friday evening, we would walk to Woolworth's (aka "the five and dime") on Broad Street in South Philadelphia.




My grandmother would treat me to a soda or hot chocolate, depending upon the season, and buy me a Little Golden Book. I didn't realize, until I was a teenager, the reason we did this every other Friday was because her employer paid the staff every other Friday.






Strolling home from the bookstore on this particular day, I thought about how much I miss my grandmother who passed away over twenty years ago. Since "Grandmom" had always encouraged my childhood writing, I wish she had been here to see my first short story published. I also thought about the Little Golden Books she had purchased for me. Although reprinted several times over, many of these titles are still available.


The Night Before Christmas
by Clement Clarke Moore
Corinne Malvern



I can recite this word for word, and the illustrations are awesome!



The Poky Little Puppy
by Janette Sebring Lowrey
Gustaf Tenggren



I still have my "tattered" copy from those "Woolworth Days."


Cindrella
by Ron Dias
Bill Lorencz




My grandmother introduced me to Prince Charming. Maybe she knew I would one day try my hand at romance writing.



Animal Friends
by Jane Werner Watson
Garth Williams




This books is probably where I got my love for animals!



The Christmas Story
by Jane Werner Watson
Eloise Wilkin




This book, no matter what time of year, makes me want to put up my Christmas tree!



For information on Little Golden Books, including recent releases, http://www.randomhousekids.com/brand/little-golden-books/

Have a great week, Everyone!


(Winnie and Tigger photo c/o facebook.com/winniethepooh,
 Snoopy photo c/o facebook.com/snoopy)

Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Godfather? or The Godfather, Part II?

Hanging out at home on a not-too-long ago rainy Sunday, I decided to go through the "stuff" piled up on my desk. Looking for something on TV to serve as background noise, I found one of the cable movie channels had scheduled "The Godfather," and "The Godfather, Part II" back-to-back.


Although over the years I had seen both movies in theaters and on television, I hadn't watched them back-to-back as they were being shown on this day. Needless to say, the "stuff," remains piled on my desk as my entire Sunday was consumed by the Corleone Family.



Both movies are Best Picture Academy Award winners, with cast members receiving honors (Marlon Brando, Best Actor for "The Godfather"/Robert DeNiro, Best Supporting Actor, "The Godfather, Part II"). On this rainy Sunday, after switching off the television many hours later, I tried -- and failed -- to decide which was the better movie, the first or second "Godfather."

The next day, unable to get the theme song out of my head, I polled my colleagues. Still no consensus. (I didn't include "The Godfather, Part III" in my poll since that film hadn't been shown in the marathon). So, I'm asking you, Readers, which "Godfather" do you feel was the better of the two movies, One or Two?

Please share your thoughts, and have a good week!


(photos c/o facebook.com/thegodfather)

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Super Sweet Summer Series!

Many thanks to all of you who stopped by these past few weeks to check out our Summer special feature on bundles and romance series!




Concluding this week is Jennifer Faye's Harlequin series "Miccaccino Marriages." These charming, contemporary stories are all about romance, love, and royal weddings in the Mediterranean!


The Millionaire's Royal Rescue




Tempted by the rebellious royal… 

Millionaire Grayson Landers has fled the paparazzi back home—only to find himself in another media storm: rescuing the king's niece from a thief!

Lady Annabelle DiSalvo is no pampered princess—she's come to the Mediterranean island of Mirraccino to solve the mystery of her mother's death. Grayson can't help but want to assist her. Plagued by guilt over not being able to save his ex, this is his chance for redemption. Only he absolutely cannot fall for her and risk his heart again…unless it's already too late!


Buy Links:

https://www.amazon.com/Millionaires-Royal-Rescue-Mirraccino-Marriages-ebook/dp/B01LY4T2NO/

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-millionaires-royal-rescue/id1153611267

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-millionaires-royal-rescue-jennifer-faye/1124485095

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-millionaire-s-royal-rescue


Married for His Secret Heir






From secret heir to secret vows… 

Elena Ricci has always had a crush on Earl Luca DiSalvo—with his dark and stormy eyes, his protective nature and his royal bearing, who wouldn't? But she believed they were destined to only ever be friends, until one magical evening in Paris…that has dramatic consequences.

Luca is reluctant to marry…but a baby changes everything. So when beautiful Elena reveals her secret, his royal duty means he has no choice—he must make her his wife!

Buy Links:

https://www.amazon.com/Married-Secret-Heir-Mirraccino-Marriages-ebook/dp/B01N408BE1/

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/married-for-his-secret-heir/id1176397463?mt=11&mc_cid=073ef445d8&mc_eid=8bf0b16829

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/married-for-his-secret-heir-jennifer-faye/1125140700

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/married-for-his-secret-heir

Happy Reading! Everyone, have a great week!

(flower photo c/o morgueFile.com)