Part Two: Amish Buggies Have Every Right to the Road
If there's anything more annoying than being stuck behind a slow-moving granny during your morning commute, surely it's being stuck behind an Amish in a horse-drawn buggy. Why the heck should we have to share our roads with a Mennonite in a pony-and-cart thingamabob incapable of going 45 mph, much less the proper 65?
I have been working on this little 8" x 11" painting over the holidays and finally finished it yesterday. Done in a style called Fraktur, it utilizes watercolor and ink on tea-stained watercolor paper. Often called Pennsylvania Dutch/German Folk Art it was popular in the 1800's as a decorative embellishment on marriage and birth certificates. I have also seen it on old wooden or metal storage boxes and furniture, but this little piece was taken from a piece of artwork I had saved from a…
Shoofly Pie History
Part Pie - Part Coffee Cake - Absolutely Delicious! Visit the Lancaster area of Pennsylvania and indulge in a Pennsylvania Dutch original, the Shoofly Pie. Also know as Shoo-Fly Pie, and Shoo Fly Pie.Most of the area restaurants and bakeries sell this favorite pie. The pie is more like a coffee cake, with a gooey molasses bottom. Some cooks put chocolate icing on top for a chocolate shoofly pie. Some use spices - some do not. Today, the biggest debate being whether to use a flaky or a mealy…
Walnut Street Bridge (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)
Walnut Street Bridge. Oldest surviving bridge over the Susquehanna. Opened by the People's Bridge Co. in 1890. "Old Shakey," one of the last remaining multi-span Phoenix truss bridges, was a toll bridge until 1957.
Christ Church, Philadelphia: Celebrating our history and growing into God's future
Fredrica Harris Thompsett once wrote that knowing our history is how we get a running start on our future. So today take the ten minutes you'll need to set aside to watch this ... a truly inspiring look into the work and witness of Christ Church, Philadelphia. It's a great follow up to our discussions yesterday about the demise of the Episcopal Church being as greatly exaggerated in our time as Mark Twain's was in his. And it's a look into the history of The Episcopal Church that continues…