Election Day in Pennsylvania

Polls opened at 7.  There was already a line when I arrived at 6:57.

img_1010I wore my Grand Old Flag socks.

I thought of all those who came before me, my great grandmothers who weren’t allowed to vote, how others fought and died (and are still) to give me this right.

I am grateful.

 

Linea Verde

Linea Verde- Green Market

Bloomfield neighborhood on Liberty Avenue.

Steve and I were on our way to dinner and so that’s why you see the outdoor pumpkin display going both directions.

After dinner we went inside and bought pizzelles. Anise flavored.

I Had to ask about the roots in the first photo-turmeric!

City Snippets Puddle Study

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. 






City Puddles after the Downpour

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.

Fun Fun the weekly photo challenge

 

Habitat Show in Johnson City, Texas 

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.


Jane McKee- a good friend, passed December 22, 2015. I think of her often. 

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. 

(Jane McKee obituary)

Yes, There’s a Mushroom Club

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.

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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.

McKeesport Library -Knit in Public

World Wide Knit in Public DayBetter 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.

IMG_0484Jody, 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.

IMG_0485Many 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.

IMG_0504Kim’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.IMG_0487

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

 

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IMG_0521from 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.

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Historic South Side Presbyterian Hosted Poetry Reading

What is so rare as a day in June?

Friday June 10th

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Poets Mike James, Roberta Hatcher and Timons Esaias

IMG_0257Book 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

Mike James drove up from Chapel Hill to read and he has a new book, Peddler’s Blues forthcoming (August) preorder at Main Street Rag 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

IMG_0268Poets  Michael Wurster mentor, poet, teacher, Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange founder,  (front right)

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Michael Wurster and host Pastor Kathy Hamilton-Vargo

 

Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 10.38.23 PM.pngThe Poetry Reading was Sponsored by The Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange and hosted by South Side Presbyterian Church.