Sunday, May 28, 2017

Memorial Day and John F. Kennedy...

Although we're inclined to recall John F. Kennedy as the 35th President of the United States, I also remember John F. Kennedy as a war hero.



In August, 1943, during World War II, the patrol boat Lt. Kennedy commanded came across a Japanese destroyer. Not only did the lieutenant lead his surviving crew through hostile waters to safety, but pulled a fellow crewman to shore by the strap of a life vest.

This year our country's Memorial Day, a day the United States honors those who gave their lives while serving in our country's armed forces, is May 29th. Ironically, 2017's Memorial Day falls on Kennedy's 100th birthday.

Throughout the years, whenever anyone has debated John F. Kennedy's legacy as a president or discussed the tragic circumstances of his death, I've always reminded them that before any of that happened, he was a brave man who saved lives.

For information on the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum:

https://www.jfklibrary.org/

For the direct link to the history of PT-109:

https://www.jfklibrary.org/JFK/JFK-in-History/John-F-Kennedy-and-PT109.aspx


To John F. Kennedy and all of those who served our country, thank you. And, to all of you reading this post, have a safe and peace-filled week.


(photo c/o facebook.com/JFKLibrary)









Sunday, May 21, 2017

Real Romance and True Love...

I've been reading romance stories for thirty years and writing them for half that amount of time. A detail my RWA buddies frequently stress to me is "conflict." To make a romance interesting to readers, authors must find a clash to keep the couple apart before they realize they can't live without each other.


But, real romance is actually quite simple as I realized earlier in the week while standing on a street corner waiting for a traffic light to change from red to green. A couple, age somewhere in their eighties, "toddled" pass me. The woman, looking frail and drained, walked with a walker. Her need for assistance was obvious. The man, holding on to her arm, encouraged her all the way. "Take your time, honey. Take your time. When we get there, we get there," I heard him say.

Unable to quash my curiosity, I turned to see where they were heading. "One step at a time. You're good," the man said, clutching the woman's arm as she leaned on her walker, making her way up three little steps.

Their destination...the nail salon. He was accompanying her to get her nails done. 

Now, that's real romance and true love.

Have a good week, Everyone!


(photo c/o pippalou @ morgueFile.com)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

To all the "Moms" out there, especially mine, enjoy your special day!





(photo c/o facebook.com/winniethepooh)

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Love Your Park Week!

Saturday, May 13th, begins a week long celebration in Philadelphia. We call it "Love Your Park Week."


A partnership between the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department and Fairmount Park Conservancy, volunteers join forces with community neighbors to clean, admire, and preserve our city parks. Along with the task of maintaining the greenery, educational programs and family-fun activities highlight the event.

We have dozens of great parks in Philly. While there isn't the time or space to list them all, I thought I'd share my favorites with you (along with whatever I can remember from my elementary school history classes ☺).

FMI, http://loveyourpark.org/


Stephen Girard Park


Stephen Girard (1750-1831) was a philanthropist with a dedication to causes benefiting education and children. The park is located in the neighborhood known as "Girard Estate." Back in Stephen Girard's 1800s America, this area (which is now a part of South Philadelphia) was actually "the country" where people escaped to get away from the city's noise and congestion. In the center of Girard Park is Stephen Girard's country mansion.

FMI, https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofStephenGirardPark


Rittenhouse Square Park



One of the five original square parks planned by William Penn during the city's early days. Originally called "Southwest Square," it was renamed in the early 1800s for David Rittenhouse.

FMI, https://www.facebook.com/Friends-of-Rittenhouse-Square-98751462091/



Mario Lanza Park


This park was renamed in honor of singer Mario Lanza (1921-1959) who was born in Philadelphia. Although small in stature, not only is it a quaint, charming park, but boasts bragging rights to the best dog run.

FMIhttps://qvna.org/aboutqvna/groups/friends-of-mario-lanza-park/


Washington Square Park



Another of William Penn's five initial squares, the park's original  name was "Southeast Square," and later renamed to honor the country's first president. This park is rich with history. During it's early life span, it was used for animals to graze and later a burial ground. In the 21st century, it's a great Spring/Summer place to hang out on a bench with a Pineapple Water Ice. 

FMI, https://www.nps.gov/inde/learn/historyculture/places-washingtonsquare.htm


If you have a favorite park in your area, please feel free to share! Have a great week, Everyone!!

(photos c/o facebook.com/FairmountParkConservancy; 
 facebook.com/FriendsofStephenGirardPark;
 facebook.com/youngfrs; 
 facebook.com/Mario-Lanza-Dog-Park/138112616230615;
 facebook.com/WashWestCivicAssoc)