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They Made Me Do It......I didn't want to Do it ......

Close In On The Cure

Close In On The Cure
fountain at Love Park, Philadelphia, PA turned pink in October for breast cancer awareness

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Death of a Fig

and such is the cycle of life ~

Life of A Fig



"The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist,
but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking". Brooks Atkinson
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Auntie Em, Auntie Em, I don't Think we are in Kansas anymore.

Auntie Em, Auntie Em, I Don't Think We Are In Kansas Anymore

I'm posting this with a video clip from 1939. It is hard to believe with all of the advancements we have made over the years in technology that this was done so well in 1939. It is well worth the view especially if you are of the nostalgic sort.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKrJoih_uCQ

Monday, June 29, 2009

A Round of Applause Please

As a former business owner and owner of a rescue dog I am always touched and moved and feel compelled to promote a good story. Here is one I wish to share ~ I read in the Times Herald today of Dog House Winery, which I had never heard of before. Dog House wines are apparently sold in 619 Pennsylvania Wine and Spirits Stores across the state. "Dog House donates 50 cents from every bottle of their wine to Guide Dogs for the Blind", according to Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Spokeswoman Francesca Chapman. The Wine and Spirits store featured in the article written by Gary Puleo of the Times Herald Staff which I read today is in the Swede Square Shopping Center. I am not sure where the others are located in Pennsylvania, but I think an internet search is in order. Kudos to these fine folks for their generosity!!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Road of Life


The Road of Life, originally uploaded by prudencebrown121.

Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale. Hans Christian Anderson

A tribute to the icons of pop culture that we have lost this week. They will live forever in our hearts.

The Legendary Moonwalk

Found this on Youtube, had to post it, is it any wonder I could never get it perfectly?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_FzgtLVzbI

Saddened by the Loss of Pop Culture

Some days it seems difficult to decide what to write about or focus upon; unemployment, promoting ones blog, questioning Google, figuring out your Adsense account, becoming more computer literate - when suddenly you tune to the radio, internet, tv and hear Michael Jackson dies as well as Farrah Fawcett. Suddenly you are taken back to a time when things were easier, but were they really easier, or did it just seem that way because you were younger and time seemed an eternity.

I remember the first time I watched Charlie's Angels all I thought about for weeks was how wonderful it must be to be a private detective and look as gorgeous as those three women. I was eighteen at the time. I subsequently spent weeks trying to grow my hair so that I to might have that Farrah Fawcett legendary hairstyle and spent countless hours evaluating and reevaluating my major in college.

I remember the first time I watched the Thriller video on MTV. I was working as a waitress and attending classes, I had been invited to a party and was sitting on the edge of a sofa watching what seemed and may be the longest video in history and thinking this video is beyond amazing and fantastic. I subsequently spent countless hours at dance clubs and with friends trying to learn that moonwalk. Surely I thought, I have had 13 years of ballet, 4 years of jazz and 2 years of tap, I can do this; but no matter how hard I tried, or what I tried and try as I might I could not make my moon walk look exactly like Michael Jacksons'. I don't think anyone ever has.

After we are informed of the death of an icon I often find myself reflecting on the sometimes profound affect they have had on my life. So it is with this post in my small way I remember two legendary stars and say thank you to all of the inspiration you have given me. I say thank you for showing me that in the presence of adversity you can push on and do and achieve whatever you are determined to do and in the presence of adversity no matter how difficult the daily grind may become you can face the problems of unemployment, your difficulties with altering templates and changing html code and your troubles with sickness or hardship whichever life may show you.

Thank you Michael and Farrah for your contributions; you will be loved and remembered forever.

Friday, June 19, 2009

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Flesh or Fantasy?!? Is this art?!


Flesh or Fantasy?!?, originally uploaded by prudencebrown121.

Your thoughts?! Your feeling?! Is art about thought or feeling?!

Temptation


Temptation, originally uploaded by prudencebrown121.

According to Wikipedia "Abstract art uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with independence from visual references in the world".

What do you think about this statement, how does it make you feel? Is this art?!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

History of Steel Pier

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq0_KKH2yfE

Steel Pier originally opened in 1898 and became known for showcasing the world's top performers. It was said that everyone who was anyone played Steel Pier. Guy Lombardo, Benny Goodman, Jimmy Dorsey, Mae West, The Three Stooges, Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra to name a few. It was said that Big Bands weren't really big until they played Steel Pier.

As air travel became more accessible and Atlantic City began a long and slow decline the glory of Steel Pier began to diminish until it closed in 1976 and in 1982 suffered a devestating fire. In 1993 Donald Trump's Taj Mahal rebuilt Steel Pier with the help of the Catanoso brothers and their expertise in the amusement business. Steel Pier was the Catanoso brothers largest project to date.

Let us hope Steel Pier holds many years of excitement and fun in its bricks and mortar for years to come.

History of Steel Pier


STEEL PIER, originally uploaded by prudencebrown121.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Imagination and Creativity Culinary Style ~ By Jeff Davis

When I was a little boy I loved to watch a British chap on tv who seemed to be having a ball while he worked. He was Graham Kerr, the Galloping Gourmet; even his name was fun and dealt with food; that was when I was 8 years old, now 40 years later chefs of both genders can become as famous and revered as actors or musicians. Thanks to our apparent insatiable appetite for reality tv, producers are intent on giving us as many regurgitations of "Top Chef" as we can stomach. I believe there will be fame and fortune awaiting not only the next great celebrity chef, but also pride for he who brain-childs the next creative and innovative way to utilize their own local resources, as well as their intuitive abilities and welcome their own internal culinary wizard into their living rooms and kitchens.

The issue here is ingenuity, even Einstein proclaimed to prefer imagination over intelligence; and with that in mind, embrace your own imagination and I'd like to share a little of mine with my own recession-proof recipe for Sicilian Bread Salad.

Sicilian Bread Salad

What you need for the salad:

~ one loaf black olive Italian bread
~ 1 1/2 pint Bleu Cheese crumbles
~ three large eggs - hardboiled, cooled and peeled
~ one large ripe tomato

For the dressing:

~ 1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar
~ 1tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
~ 1/2 tsp. A-1 sauce
~ 2 Tblsp. pesto (if you don't have pesto use one Tblsp. fine, minced fresh basil)
~ 1 Tblsp. Dijon mustard
~ 1 1/2 cup virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dice 1/3 of the olive loaf into 1" or 2" cubes and toast the cubes to make croutons, by spreading the cubes on an oiled cookie sheet and baking for ten minutes. Let bread cool. Dice the eggs into pieces about 1/2 inch to 1". Dice the tomato into similar size.

Add all the dressing ingredients except olive oil in a medium mixing bowl; then slowly whisk in the olive oil, so the dressing emulsifies or becomes a uniform consistency. Fold in the salad ingredients gently so as not to mash the egg completely. Salt and Pepper to taste. Either serve immediately, or refrigerate for no more than an hour. If it sits too long the croutons will become soggy.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

I'm The Prettier Sister of the Family!

If any part of your uncertainty, is a conflict between your heart and your mind ~ follow your mind.

Ayn Rand

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Heaven

Heaven goes by favor; if it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in. ~ Mark Twain


Good Americans when they die go to Paris ~ Thomas G. Appleton

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Up Above My Head

Friday, June 5, 2009

"Please sir .....may I have some more"

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