Category Archives: Pennsylvania

The Cresson House B&B: Warm and Welcoming!

Cresson, PA is a small town. A very small town. And when I visit the area, I stay at a hotel about 10 country miles away. This trip back I didn’t want to drive those winding country roads (full of … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: Growing Up in Coal Country

I was born in Western Pennsylvania. I was a coal country kid, born and bred. In the photo above, I’m sitting on the back steps of our rental home in Miller Shaft. I got to play outside every nice day while my … Continue reading

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The Long Goodbye and Chanticleer Garden

My girlfriend Pat, whom I met when we were studying to become Master Gardeners ten years ago, is one of my best friends. She is relocating out of state after many years of living the Jersey life. To extend our fun and bank … Continue reading

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Real Men Ice Fish. No, Really.

February has come and gone. And my husband Mike and his friends, bless their hearts, notched yet-another ice fishing trip on their tip-ups. This was their 35th annual trip; for the curious, you can read about their 2011 and 2012 … Continue reading

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Memory Lane Is a Beautiful Street We All Visit, at Least Occasionally

This past weekend I was in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of PA with my husband Mike, sister Cindy and bro-in-law Bid. The four of us used to spend a lot of vacations and long weekends in the Poconos together, but … Continue reading

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Jersey Women Don’t Pump Gas

Logic told me that I couldn’t drive the 10-plus hours from Montclair, NJ to Dayton, OH and back on only one tank of gas. But I didn’t want to dwell on the alternative. I’m spoiled. Sort of. You see, I … Continue reading

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Dayton, OH or Bust: I Made It to the Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop!

It took 11 hours of driving, 2 bags of salad for lunches, 4 bottles of water, and 1 fountain diet coke, but I made it! I’m in Dayton, OH, folks! Yes, I successfully dodged every single semi that swerved my … Continue reading

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Philadelphia Flower Show: “Amateur” Designers, But Not Amateur Designs

The Philadelphia Flower Show is the best design competition for U.S. garden clubs members; you vie for the blue ribbon against top competitors from across the country. . .and only one blue ribbon is awarded per design category. Creativity is … Continue reading

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Philadelphia Flower Show: HAWAII, Islands of Aloha

My good friend Gail and I went to the Philadelphia Flower Show this week. The theme, Hawaii, was one I looked forward to seeing translated by both the professional and amateur designers. I love attending this international flower show because … Continue reading

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Authentic Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

On a recent trip to Philadelphia, PA our daughter Tory made the perfect lunch suggestion, “Let’s find the restaurants that appeared on the TV show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” and eat an original Philly cheesesteak for lunch!” My husband Mike … Continue reading

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