"Place, with a trace of humanity" Photography/Photo of the Day/Pittsburgh

Childhood

..the pleasantest thing ever a child can do!

The Swing

How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside–

Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown–
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!
Robert Louis Stevenson

 

Maura on the swing

Maura at 5 1/2 finally learns to pump

 

It wasn’t that long ago  (201o) that it was her sister Anna on the blog 


What a Difference a Year Makes

Happy Seventh Birthday Jack (John Patrick).

March 21st is your big day.  Thought you’d like to see the faces your old grandma captured this past year!

 

Last year you looked like this.

Jack in the Monkey tie

 

 

And now you are getting your permanent front teeth after losing those baby ones!

 

The shot below was taken one week before your birthday at the Columbus Car Show.

 

jack is sevenYou had a great year being six-   Here you are making the leap from six to seven!

jack at Idlewild stepping

 

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


You Could Dress Me Up…..1959- Newark NJ

Note to self:    Remember how I mugged for the camera in 1959 when I’m attempting to photograph the grandchildren in 2014!

Pittsburgh Public Schools was closed today.  I did some sorting and found some old family photos.  My family didn’t own a camera that I know of but I think my sister took this photo somehow and I will ask her tomorrow and add any details. My cousins may have been involved.  Paul? John B?

An iPhone photo of a photo isn’t the best quality but you get the idea.

Ruth Hendricks 1959

And thanks to Kathryn of Vastly Curious blog  I went and found the front page from New York Times August 23, 1959  Steven Rockefeller‘s Wedding to a Norwegian (Anne Marie Rasmussen )in the photo

August 23, 1959 New York Times


One Front Tooth For Christmas via Grandma Marlene

guest blog via Marlene

Jack needs two front teeth. One on the top and one on the bottom! The remaining top front tooth is dangling by a thread and turns 90 degrees on occasion as he works at it with his tongue. Ugh!
The other grandma, Froo Froo Marlene, took this shot with Henry the Airedale in his Santa hat.
Here is the history of the 1944 song

20131221-220248.jpg


Health Conscious Eaters Don’t Look Today

Second of a series.  Beanie Weenies  was (were?) the first.

Comfort food as the days get shorter and the temp outside dipped down to 12.

Our systems are still adjusting to the cold and urge to crawl into a cave and hibernate.

My kitchen back door window looked like this after I made a cup of tea.

steamy window

so I boiled some noodles

noodles boiling on stove

Buttered a retro baking dish I bought at a thrift shop in Wisconsin one summer

Magic Bars Dish

I crumbled some saltines and cut in some butter and put the mixture to the side

crackers and butter

and then I opened some cans

cream of mushroom and tuna

Yes, a new low point in the culinary department around here.

Tuna Noodle Casserole coming up!  Comfort food series part two.

Freshly ground pepper will give it some zip!

freshly ground pepper

BTW, you just mix the drained noodles into the soup  mixture combined with an almost- can of milk oh and add the tuna.

Here it is baking in the oven.

Tuna Noodle Casserole in oven

Thanks to Steve there was a head of ICEBERG lettuce.  Oil and vinegar just didn’t fit

Found an almost empty jar of mayo and added some ketchup and chopped up bread and butter pickles and served  a slug of lettuce on a glass plate, topped with dressing.

Fake Russian Dressing

Iceberg and 100o Island

The casserole browned nicely.

IMG_2241

I miss you Mom.


The International Sphaeralogical Society Super-ball® Exhibit via Henry J. Simonds

Here’s a new one on me-  the  International Sphaeralogical Society    Did you ever see a SUPERBALL®??

“Founded in 2011, The International Sphaeralogical Society was created to celebrate the history and dynamism of the Super Ball®. Invented by chemist Norman Stingley in 1965 and sold by the Wham-O Manufacturing Co., the iconic toy has been the subject of fascination and play for almost half a century. The I.S.S. is dedicated to exploring and promoting the allure of this bounciest of balls.”

If you’re in the Pittsburgh area, make a plan to come down sometime during the weekend.  If you live far away, just enjoy the photos and check out the International Sphaeralogical Society.

SuperSphere_02-2

Photos and attachments via Guest Blogger Henry Simonds.

 

“… here are a few photos of the installation to whet your appetite to come down and see it for yourselves.

SuperSphere_03-1
There are extended hours today until 4pm and visits can be arranged throughout the week with

Mia at 412-370-6916.  

Regular hours Friday 11-7,

Saturday 11-7

and Sunday 9-3.

Saturday December 21st is FAMILY DAY 11-7 

All the work is for sale, so you can pick up a last minute gift while you are here.
Some of you mentioned that it was a little hard to find, so I have posted a visual guide on my facebook page from the vantage point of the East End Food Co-op front door.  

Also, Check out the link to the new Merchandise page.
The address again is 201 N. Braddock Ave at Meade St. (across from the Co-op in Point Breeze).  
I could use all the help I can get to spread the word, so please tell your friends and neighbors to come down.
Thanks again,

Sincerely,
Henry J. Simonds
Co-Founder and Chief Sphaeralogist
The International Sphaeralogical Society

Saturday, December 14, 2013
7pm
—-

International Sphaeralogical Society
Co-Founder and Chief Sphaeralogist

Henry J. Simonds

Invites you to join him for a gallery talk and conversation
at
The Mine Factory
201 N. Braddock Ave.
Point Breeze
(across from the East End Food Co-op)

Come and learn more about the history of the Super-Ball®
and man’s unique relationship with this iconic toy.
Share some wine and beer and hear more about the exhibition and its evolution
as Mr. Simonds shares how the ball has inspired him and
presents contemporary examples of how others have been inspired.

https://www.facebook.com/events/512335242207435/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Www.Sphaeralogy.org
Www.Facebook.com/Sphaeralogy

—-

Weekend Hours:

Friday, December 13, 2013 – 11am-7pm
Saturday, December 14, 11am-7pm
Gallery Talk – 7pm-??
Sunday, December 15, 9am-3pm


This Book ©1958 Cost $1.75 and Says a Lot About Friendship!

A Friend is Someone Who Likes You.  (by Joan Walsh Anglund)

Can’t show you the sweet images inside as they’re copyrighted  but it’s all about how lovely it is to have a friend.

I took the book to school  in 1961 and the teacher, Miss Grace E. Wagner, inscribed it after I shared it.

A good friend is to be cherished.

You may not see your friend all the time, live far away, but when you’re together it is as if all the time between melts and you pick up where you left off.

Your good friend “gets you”, accepts you, and loves you, no matter what.  And you love them right back!

Life events, milestones, heartaches, joys, loss and laughter.   Sometimes all in the same moment.  These are shared, celebrated or in the case of grief you  keep one another in your hearts.    Carefully.   Remembering.    With gratitude.   And  much love.

photo-15

 

A Friend is Someone Who LIkes You

 

for my longtime friend – I love you.         Happy Birthday!    

Friendship since childhood“And the greatest of these is love………….”


JFK- Man of the Sixties

My father went to JFK’s inauguration- took a train to DC in the bitter, cold weather. This button is one of the souvenirs he brought back home.

In 1963 I was in sixth grade. I remember it like yesterday .

20131122-004732.jpg

 

 

————————————————————————————————————————————————————–

5:30 AM edit

My son Mark just sent me the following photos of my father’s memorabilia he has at his home in Ohio.  I am adding them to the post now.

He is looking for the photos he has of the grandchildren at the Arlington gravesite.

JFK Inauguration memorabilia

 

Mark had all of his grandfather’s JFK memorabilia

 

 

 

Inauguration ticket JFK

 

 

 

IMG_2094

 

 

IMG_2092

 

 

IMG_2091

 

 

put into a frame.

JFK gravesite

 

 

 

Life MAgazine Cover JFK

 

 


Maura Clare is Five

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Fifth Birthday Maura Clare.  November 17th 2008 was a very happy day in the family because you were born!Enjoy your day. Here are some of my favorite photos I chose for the blog today.

Love,

Grandma Ruthie

Buckeye Baby- Not even 24 hours old in this shot.

Maura newborn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maura and her dolly

With her first dolly.

Maura in her Steelers Hat

 

 

Maura doesn’t seem to mind her Grandma wielding the camera.   Her sense of humor shines through.

Maura at Aunt Linda's

 

Like a little fish in the water….

 

Maura 2

Lunch out in Virginia at Thanksgiving time a couple of years ago

 

Maura in Virginia

 

 

 

Maura and Mommy onUncle Frank's car

Sitting on Uncle Frank’s running board with Mom, Erika.

Maura and Popsicle

Summer popsicles in Virginia

 

Maura in Ski Mask

Sporting her brother’s ski mask

IMG_0721

Swimming ribbon

 

Maura and Anna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big sister Anna had just fixed her hair for church

 

Maura on the playground

 

Playing on the swingset in the yard

 

 

Maura

 

 

 

MAura on the playlet


Happy Golden Birthday Anna- Ten Years Old on 10/10

Double digits.  Oh my!

I remember the day I became a grandmother. (along with FF Marlene) What a lovely day.  The day you were born.

Two grandmothers

 

 

Now your dad is taking photos of you learning to play the cello and sending them to me on the phone.

 

 

IMG_2918

 

Photographing you has always been fun. Documenting your growing up!  Here’s a little slideshow to celebrate YOU!

lots of love,  Your grandma- FF Ruthie

p.s.   There are hundreds, probably thousands of photographs of you in my archives. When you were born I bought my first digital SLR camera! It was hard to choose  for the birthday post.

Anna almost ten

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AnnaonMurphyBW

Here are some of my favorites.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

 

Maybe you remember Anna celebrating her birthday on 10-10-10, doing the Hula Hoop

 


Ohio Katydid and the Kids Via My Son Mark

A fun series to receive on the phone from my son Mark.

Looks like a depth of field exercise, too.

This is a “leaf bug” or katydid.  A relative of the grasshopper and also called a bush-cricket in some parts of the world.   Looks like such an interesting creature and is the perfection of camouflage.

Thanks Mark for sharing your Katydid and Kids study.  love you. Mom

20130923-220349.jpg

20130923-220424.jpg

20130923-220517.jpg

20130923-220548.jpg

20130923-220653.jpg

20130923-220828.jpg

Can you see him/her?

20130923-220930.jpg

Can you see him/her? Probably snacking on the foliage.

20130923-221041.jpg

20130923-221115.jpg


Stick Your Head in for the Photo Op. Or NOT!

Raggedy Ann

 

Standing between.

Don’t you want to be Raggedy Andy so your old grandmother can capture the moment?

Ahhh, no thanks.

I’ll just stand between the two heads.

so here is Maura between Raggedy Ann and Andy

Okay, got it.

When I saw this tonight it struck me funny.  I’d forgotten about the fun time we had at Idlewild Park and was thinking about all the grading I need to accomplish this weekend for the upcoming progress reports at school.

And I saw Maura refusing the standard photo opportunity at the amusement park. She did not want to stick her head in the hole.  Maybe she thinks it is a silly plan to do so.   We sure found a ton of ovals in wooden cut outs.  Wonder who started the first one years ago.  Seems a standard practice on the boardwalk.  We were here.  I’ve seen them for Civil War or old fashioned sepia pics offered for $.

A few more….

 

Raggedy Andy

 

Jack agrees to be Raggedy Andy-  on the fly, that is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

train conductor (1)

 

 

Train conductor

 

 

 

train conductor (2)

 

Michael is totally agreeable to the task at hand. Thanks, Making it easy on Grandma,

Lincoln Highway

Jack and Anna in the old fashioned car

Maybe next year, Maura.  Peek- a -boo.  Need a bit more height for this one.

train conductor


Please Do Not Climb on Top of Cheese

Anna and I were on FaceTime Wednesday evening  and she asked me what I was going to blog tonight.

I didn’t have a plan, I said.  She said to tell her when I was posting it so she could be the FIRST one to see it.

So I am choosing a summertime August afternoon from their recent visit.  Before school started.

Storybook Forest in Idlewild Park.  Ligonier PA.

The grandkids in the cheese. Well, three of them that is. The fourth, Maura was looking at her siblings peeking out of the holes.

And then tonight  as I uploaded, I saw the sign on the side which I had not seen before.

Anna said “the cheese stunk.”  

Stunk like what?, I asked.

 She said “I don’t know, it just stunk.  Like elephants.”

 

(Maybe it stunk but we had a great day!)

mouse cheese (3)

 

 

mouse cheese  sign(1)

 

 

mouse cheese (2)

And a portrait of cousin Parker in the cheese


Happy 8th Birthday Michael!

Proud of the fact he was born in Florida, he’s a Gator fan.  (And that’s not easy given he lives in Buckeye country)

He loves to wear the orange and blue!   Build lego.  Learning to strategize in Chess.

When he swings, I worry he goes too high, just even with the very top of the swing set.

He assures me he’s fine.  He studies bugs in the grass, wonders about things.

Likes airplanes in a book. Tin-Tin.  He’s always finding Waldo!

His palate is expansive-he devours little yellow tomatoes with zest. Loves his family.

I was fortunate to be in Florida the day he was born.  Happy Birthday Michael.  Enjoy 8 !.

I love you.  Grandma

Michael on the slide


Thank a Teacher

On this  night before a new school year is about to start and the summer vacation and family visits are memories,  I was thinking about why I wanted to be a teacher in the first place.

I’m writing and posting these photos to pay tribute to wonderful teachers in my life.

In the 3rd grade I had an excellent teacher Grace Wagner from Dravosburg PA  who taught at Winchester- Thurston.   I found an alumni listing online Indiana PA Teachers College class of 1920.  Unfortunately I  can’t find the photo I have of her but plan to unearth it and post someday soon.  Who wouldn’t love a teacher who wrote this about their student.  I found it tonight in an envelope addressed to my parents, inside a deteriorating leather scrapbook.  Isn’t her handwriting beautiful? I am so grateful I discovered this report tonight before  school starts.  “she is able to put her gifts to good use” she wrote.  I feel encouraged once again as I hear her voice as I read the words she wrote in 1960-1961

Miss Wagner marked a 1 ( outstanding) for Play Spirit on the report card.   They don’t have that category on report cards anymore.

 

School Report

 

 

 

And here is Winona Stewart from Morris Plains Borough School in New Jersey.

Winona Stewart

In the sixth grade and also in the 7th and 8th grade I had a most wonderful teacher- Winona Stewart.  We had a Roman Banquet and she read The Human Comedy by William Saroyan aloud after lunch, and also The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford.  Every week we memorized a poem and recited it- The Solitary Reaper by William Wordsworth is one I remember well.   I took this photo of Mrs. Steward in 1966, the year I graduated from 8th grade.  When I lived in Germany and my own kids were young in the early 80′s, I found an address and wrote her a thank you note and told her how I remembered her reading aloud to our class and how she influenced my choice to get a Masters in Reading.  She wrote a beautiful note back to me and one of these days I bet I unearth it, too.  She collaborated with the next teacher I am going to mention.  We did a show called The Curse of Ra  as we learned about Egypt making a gold sarcophagus of papier mache and I was a dancing girl.  It all seemed so exciting and wonderful and fun!

Mr G.  is why I wanted to be an art teacher.  I had him in grade school AND High School.  I didn’t try to contact him soon enough as he was deceased when I though of it.

Arthur W Guenther.  He produced a movie with our 4th grade class called Around the World in 90 Minutes. I was from the Netherlands and we used real wooden shoes in the tulips.   I got a bit part in the French segment too, standing by a Kiosk, chatting away.  I remember Starr Kenyon went down the slide as if skiing.  Titi Moglia wore a kimono and had a fan and there were pink tissue paper cherry blossoms.  I wish I could see the movie again.

When I think of all his creativity,  I am in awe.

Mr. Guenther danced on Broadway in the show South Pacific with Mary Martin and showed us his scrapbook,

Arthur Guenther

 

Around the World in 90 Minutes

Mr. Guenther helped finish the monochrome portrait of me in 4th period oil painting class.  It hangs in my bathroom.

My granddaughter Anna asked this past week, “Why are you all green?:  and I started thinking about Mr Guenther and how he inspired me.

And here I am tonight, wondering if I can inspire someone as I start my new classes.

 

Ruth HEndricks Portrait

 

 

My father, Roy J. Hendricks (b. 1912-d.2002) was a teacher in a one room school in Illinois

Roy Hendricks Teacher

 

 

 

My mother Marian VanSickle (b. 1912- d. 2000)  was a teacher in a one room school in Illinois  That is my mom in the back row on the left.

Marian VanSickle

 

What teacher inspired you?

 

 


Do Not Rock Cars!

Atop the Ferris Wheel.  The sign said Do Not  Rock  Cars.  

No kidding,  but Jack (6) my grandson would have loved to rock the car when we were stopped at the top!

Mr. George Washington Gale Ferris although born in Illinois  founded a company to test metals for railroads and bridges- G.W. G. Ferris in  Pittsburgh PA.  Mr Ferris lived on the North Side and died in Mercy Hospital Pittsburgh of typhoid fever.

Atop the Ferris Wheel


Pirate Ship at Idlewild Park- Soaking Up the Last Days of Summer Fun

PirateShip at Idlewild ParkI was an observer, not a participant.  The grandkids’ teeth were chattering by the time we headed out of the Soak Zone portion of Idlewild Park.

They really loved the wave pool, too.

Not sure who the girl is running to the tipping bucket, spilling the chilly water for the kids to play.  Brrrrrr.  They had a great time going down the curvy water slides.   One of the workers said some of her colleagues had already left to return to college (why only one trolley was running at the Mr. Rogers Neighborhood ride.)   Enjoying being with the family these last days of summer.

It was much a much cooler day than expected in August.  You can feel the hint of fall in the air.  Especially at night.


Mother Goose

Storybook Forest- Idlewild Park , Ligonier, PA.  Nestled in a dark green forest…..

Aunt Linda talked to a worker who said the Old Woman in the Shoe was not at home in her shoe was because she had to fill in and be Mother Goose in the late afternoon.

But to the kids, this was Mother Goose, no questions asked.

Mother gooseJack, Cousin Parker and sister Maura are listening attentively as she asks them about a giant in the forest.  Jack knew right away who we needed to find.


Anna Learns How to Polish Silver

The family came to Grandma’s house today.

The highlight of my summer!

And Anna likes to check things out around the place. We found a tarnished, dented silver rattle of her father’s from 1976.  It was badly tarnished.

I asked her if she’d like to learn how to remove the tarnish, talked about oxidation, and how to polish silver.  We found a few old baby cups that were up high on a kitchen shelf and seemed a bit fuzzy.  We got a ramekin and she poured the baking soda in and then the littlest bit of water to make a nice paste.  I found an old washcloth to rub the metal.  We added an apron for her and she polished away.

I have lots more tarnished silver if she wants to dig in.

And here is what she said to me as she polished away…..

   “Your dad would like that I am doing this.”

and I got a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes and thought, she is exactly right.

Silver Rattle After polishing

 

Anna at the sink with her father’s old rattle after she polished it!  WIsh we had taken the BEFORE shot with the old iPhone first!

baby cups on a hammered aluminum tray

Baby cups on my mom’s old hammered aluminum tray, awaiting polishing.

 

 


Michael Shoots into the Sun at Breakfast

 

 

 

Michael Photographing Red Sun

Michael’s Lego man stands in the red light from the sun and he photographs it with my phone.

I got my camera to catch him photographing the scene.

 

 

 

 

lego man

 

One thing that occurs in the family is the grandchildren try their hand at photography, too. One of Michael’s photos from the iPhone!

 

 

 


The Girls Eye the Mobile Ropes Course at the BSA Booth, Ohio State Fair

 

 

Girls Eye the Mobile Ropes

 

The Girls at the Boy Scouts of America Booth-  Eyeing Mobile Ropes Course

 

 

Kids and Goldfish

 

Michael and Maura eye Goldie and Tiger

We didn’t play any games but these goldfish were foisted on us by a girl who won them.  Sadly, both are deceased already(the first within 24 hours) despite the investment in an aquarium with filter and lights and pretty gravel and conditioning the water etc etc.

 

 

Railroad display

 

The Railroad Display

 

 

Patting the Calf

 

 

Petting a calf.  The calf was a prize in a drawing.  No, we did NOT enter the drawing.

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

 

Why did the chicken cross the road?

 

 

Mobile Ropes Course

 

 

 

IMG_3958

 

 

Mobile Ropes Course

 

 

 

 

Kids at the Fair

All seven kids on the inflatable chair at the State Farm Booth.  And obviously had them pose for this shot.

 


Light Writing in the Backyard

 

Four grandchildren in the backyard

+Four White Lightning Sticks with strobe effect (@$5)

+Fading light

+Grandma’s camera on bulb setting, propped on the garden fence.

+Energy and Enthusiasm for the experiment

= ________________________  FUN!

Light Writing

 

We started out slowly, sitting down on the lawn.

 

 

Light Writing 2

 

I suggested a little more movement.   I’d say they complied on both of these shots.

 

 

IMG_3635

 

 

Light Writing 4

Michael, Maura, Anna and Jack with their White Lightning Sticks in the Backyard

The final one, directed by Anna, Circles all around.  She staggered her siblings so no one hit one another.  It started to get buggy. We’ll try again another night.

 


What We Found When We Went to Brush Our Teeth

Photographed by Anna (9+)  with the iPhone.  When I am staying with the family ( since I am out of school for the summer), I get help documenting-

“for the blog”.

You might remember Anna found the pick up truck full of mannequin legs last winter and captured the scene with her mom’s iPhone.

 

Sink full of airplane

Jack’s (6) plane- landed in a sink full of water earlier in the day.

 

IMG_0705

I like that she changed up her angle on the second shot and found the unfortunate figure beneath the plane at the bottom of the sink

 

 

 


Black and White Weekly Photo Challenge: Toys

I follow a blogger from South Africa at Sonel’s Corner and you may have read some of her lovely comments on my blog.  She hosted Flat Ruthie and introduced FR to the Vervet  Monkeys  .  You can see what a Vervet Monkey looks like at Sonel’s Corner blog post on B and W weekly challenge of Nature here.

She’s started a black and white challenge and I’ve been thinking about participating but kept missing the deadline. The Black and White Weekly Photo Challenge  theme this week is TOYS.  Here I am in Ohio,  visiting the grandchildren and there are plenty of toys.

I shot these toys today specifically for Sonel’s challenge.

Then I converted them into black and white in Aperture and am posting a few from today’s effort. Shot with Canon 5D -50mm 1.2 L series lens. I used the cable remote to avoid camera shake.

My DIL Erika’s Grandmother Marion (Marlene’s mother)  crocheted this doll dress, bonnet and undergarments for this doll I took down from the high shelf in Anna’s room.

Caught the afternoon light on her through the dining room window. I asked Erika if she had a name and she said no.  Crocheted doll clothes were “in”.

Erika's Grandmother Doll

 

Mark(from Aunt Bobbie) and Erika’s Teddy Bears.  Mark’s Brownie on the left and Erika’s Teddy on the right. Presently residing in their daughter Anna’s room on the high shelf, not getting any “play time”.

Teddy Bears

 

First DollThis  little doll was given to Anna in 2003 by my dear friend G. Anna’s first doll.  Maura popped into the photo shoot.   She is also in charge of tending this dolly now. I knit the old cotton dishcloth pattern extra large for a dolly blanket. They drape so nicely.

 

Found the missing puzzle piece today.  Ooops, the puzzle was discarded a long time ago. (this one shot with the iPhone) Always liked those knob puzzles.

missing puzzle piece

Thanks to Sonel’s Corner for the Black and White inspiration.


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,605 other followers