Along Grant Street, downtown Pittsburgh, after being released from jury duty. You know how I like reflections.
I walked a few blocks to the train station to meet Steve who was picking me up.
There must have been a lot of rain while I was inside the courthouse all day.
After the birthday party (grown up), the nextdoor neighbor kids were playing in the puddles.
There’d been a downpour.
Kids love puddles. They are like magnets to them.
If you are in the vicinity of the Amanda Smith Gallery in Johnson City Texas be sure to check out the current exhibition, curated by Julie Blackmon.
(Click to see the Habitat exhibition)
My photograph Jane’s House on Atlantic Ave at Friendship was selected to be part of the show.
I’m glad this image was chosen as I feel it honors Jane’s memory. We liked to say we taught together in Hell. I remember great parties- the Winter Solstice with the Useless Gift Exchange, Chinese New Year and the 10,000 Year Old Eggs , our Unpretentious Wine Group gathering with a crazy glossary of terms and a kitchen a sink that sucked down plastic garbage bags with unbelievable suction.
Right here in Western Pennsylvania. A Mushroom Club.
“A club is an association of two or more people united by a common interest or goal.”There are all sorts of clubs in the community. But I’d never heard of this one/ have you? Maybe you belong to a club, but I bet not too many readers belong to a Mushroom Club.
There is a Club Species Life List available with photographs on their web page. I had no idea there were so many varieties of fungi.
Excuse me sir, but might I photograph your t-shirt? (click) Thank you.
Here is the link to the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club webpage.
“The Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club was created to promote the enjoyment, study, and exchange of information about wild mushrooms. Everyone who has an interest in wild mushrooms is welcome to become a member.”
If you live in the area, there is a list of upcoming events.
World Wide Knit in Public Day–Better living through stitching together!
McKeesport Library hosted a Knitting in Public event Saturday June 18th and I drove over the Monongahela River and back to attend. I’m so glad I did. Everyone was so welcoming. It was a perfect summer day though sitting under the tree in the shade was just right.
I was invited to join the group for a picnic lunch, which was delicious and generous of them to include me.
Jody, visiting family in McKeesport but now living in Gainesville FL, reads the history of World Wide Knit in Public Day telling the group how it was started in 2005 by Danielle Landes with just 25 events and now it’s over 850 around the world.”
Jody’s daughter Ellie, going into Fifth grade, was the youngest member of the Knit in Public Event.
Many of the women knit hats, blankets and or shawls for Chemotherapy patients and donate them to several hospitals including Magee and Veterans.They get together throughout the year on Thursdays.
Another Ruth just started knitting but she has crocheted beautiful Butterfly shawls and blankets. Some of the women knit at the Magee Hospital group which hosted a KIP event today, too. There were events at Mt. Lebanon Library and Steel City Fiber, too. And if you go to the site, you will see there was KIP in the Arctic Circle, too.
Kim’s two color knitted hat matched both her shirt and pants!
Weaving by Judith G, hostessing the KIP event. The weaving is for a class she’s going to be teaching this summer.
Picnic Lunch- BBQ chipped ham is a Pittsburgh specialty
The library was built in 1902
Architect was William J. East and is a National Historic Landmark
from the front- what a lawn to mow!
One of the women, Pat, mentioned she was on her way to the McKeesport Heritage Center for another event.
What is so rare as a day in June?
Friday June 10th
Book signing after the reading
Note: Roberta Hatcher’s book cover of French Lessons is shown in postcard form above- Watch for information about upcoming Book Release Party Finishing Line Press
Timons Esaias 2015 Louis Award winner On Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm, get your autographed copy of the book directly from Timons at In Your Write Mind, Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA. or click his name to buy from Amazon link. Published by Concrete Wolf
Poets Michael Wurster mentor, poet, teacher, Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange founder, (front right)
Michael Wurster and host Pastor Kathy Hamilton-Vargo
A fellow blogger, Yvette, asked me how many of these People at Work portraits are in the series. I have lost count! I started this project a long time ago. I will know soon, though, once I dig in the archives.
Yesterday I posted Piano Tilting, Tuning and Repair as part of my People at Work Series- Primarily Pittsburgh.
What I didn’t mention is that I was invited to have a show at Panza Gallery in Millvale in July -July of 2018! This gives me plenty of time to photograph new People at Work.
I’ve had a lot of people working in my house this year, too.
When I taught photography at high school, I shared my People at Work portraits to students so they could a variety of people doing different jobs. I think that’s how the series started. I’d engage with the person working and talk to them about my project.
Now I’ve made up some postcards and it adds some legitimacy to the project and keeps me on track and determined to work on photographing new and interesting portraits.
Craig Morrow on the Left from Bicycle Heaven, Mark Panza at work, framing,Ron Ray slicing strawberries for his funnel cake business, and at the top right Brye with her delicious baked goods at her and her husband’s excellent coffee shop- Zeke’s. My middle portrait is the cotton candy man from PNC Park.
Today plumber Pete Tomkins returned to replace my bathroom faucets. He already put in a hot water heater. I found him through my electrician Scott, (I still need his photo) who put in the breaker box so Dan McDonald could install my new furnace. It’s a regular family tree.
I had photographed Pete a few weeks ago when he installed the hot water heater.Thanks for agreeing to be in the show People at Work- Primarily Pittsburgh.
Thanks Pete, for entrusting me with capturing your wonderful good nature!
Seriously considering what to do next about my old plumbing???
Where the Allegheny and Monongahela meet to create the Ohio River at the Point.