Archive for September, 2015

Philly without the movement of autos.

Streets Closed to Cars for Pope Francis’ Visit Transform Philadelphia

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National Coffee Day, September 29.

This is my favorite drink , black with organic raw sugar. I am drawn to Latin and Central American beans. I like the oil it brews.  I need this stimulate, caffeine, in the morning to get my body moving in the right direction. Also to get my mind focused for daily activities.

I purchase my own beans at Starbucks and make 2-4 cups at various times of the day.

In conclusion, coffee is one of the healthiest beverages on the planet.

Cheap java deals abound for National Coffee Day

What is Coffee?

History of Coffee

13 Proven Health Benefits of Coffee (No. 1 is My Favorite)

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Pope Francis, Mass On Parkway, Philadelphia, PA.

Pope Francis stated,

Holiness is always tied to little gestures. These little gestures are those we learn at home, in the family; they get lost amid all the other things we do, yet they do make each day different. They are the quiet things done by mothers and grandmothers, by fathers and grandfathers, by children. They are little signs of tenderness, affection and compassion. Faith grows when it is lived and shaped by love. Our families — our homes — are true domestic churches. They are the right place for faith to become life and life to become faith.”

I ask you to pray for me,”Don’t forget!”

I will not Holy Father.

World Meeting of Families, The Holy Family

Pope Francis blesses the altar before preparing communion items during a Mass, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Philadelphia.

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Autumnal Equinox, first day of Fall, 2015.

Via Old Farmers Almanac

Fall begins on September 23, early in the morning at 4:21 A.M. The autumnal equinox is when the Sun appears to cross the celestial equator from north to south. (The celestial equator is the circle in the celestial sphere halfway between the celestial poles. It can be thought of as the plane of Earth’s equator projected out onto the sphere.)

The word equinox means “equal night”; night and day are about the same length of time. This occurs two times each year: Vernal in late March and Autumnal in late September.

In addition to the (approximately) equal hours of daylight and darkness, the equinoxes are times when the Sun’s apparent motion undergoes the most rapid change. Around the time of the equinoxes, variations in the position on the horizon where the Sun rises and sets can be noticed from one day to the next by alert observers.

From here on out, the temperatures begin to drop and the days start to get shorter than the nights (i.e., hours of daylight decline).

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Obama’s Late To Meet The Pope, Kept Plane Circling Airport.

Really Obama, disgrace.

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Jesus Walks on Water: Mark 6: 47-48, Matthew 14:26-29.

Mark 6: 47-48

When it was evening, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and He was alone on the land. 48Seeing them straining at the oars, for the wind was against them, at about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea; and He intended to pass by them.

Matthew 14:26-29

26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.

Dear Lord, let my faith be full and unreserved, and let it penetrate my thought, my way of judging Divine things and human things. Lord, let my faith be joyful and give peace and gladness to my spirit, and dispose it for prayer with God.  Let it surrender to the testimony of the Holy Spirit.  In this I pray, Amen.

Matthew 14:26-27 But when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”:

is the bridge:

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Four Winds Of the Earth, God Restrains Evil: Revelation 7:1-3, Matthew 8:26.

Revelation 7: 1-3

After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree. Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants[a] of our God on their foreheads.”

Matthew 8:26

And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.

Dear Lord,

Let my faith be humble and not presume to be based on the experience of my thought and of my feeling; but let it surrender to the testimony of the Holy Spirit.

In this I pray,


Matthew 8:26:

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NFL Philadelphia Eagles Vs. Atlanta Falcons, Week 1, 2015.

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Hearts Shinning in Glory of Jesus: 2 Corinthians 4:6, Matthew 5:16.

2 Corinthians 4:6

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 5:16:

16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[a] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Dear Lord.

Almighty God who art the Light of the world, grant my son and I Thy heavenly blessing. May the radiance of Your Light illumine my heart and brighten our home with the spirit of faith and love as the enemy, the devil, lucifer was attacking this past weekend. Let the Light of Your Presence guide me and my son, for in Your Light do we see light. Bless us also with Your Spirit, that happiness, peace, glory and honor are yours Almighty Father forever and ever.

Please Hear my Prayer,


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National Eat A Hoagie Day, September 14th, #NationalHoagieDay.

But where did the word Hoagie originated?

Via Sandwich Evolution, Hoagie:

The site of the Philadelphia Navy Yard was once known as Hog Island (the creek that created the island has since been filled in and the area is now the Philadelphia International Airport). Many Italian immigrant workers brought sandwiches overflowing with cold cuts, spices, oil, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and peppers stuffed into a freshly baked roll to eat for lunch during their shifts making ships for the American Navy. The workers were nicknamed hoggies and the name eventually morphed into hoagie over time. Another variation of this story avers there was a worker at the shipyard named Hogan who asked one of his fellow workers if he could buy one of the delicious sandwiches that the worker’s wife made. The man’s name Hogan got attached to the name of the sandwich and eventually evolved into hoagie over the years.


What about Al DePalma and the “hoggies” he first served in his eatery at 20th and Mifflin Streets in 1931?
If there was a way to patent food, everything would have been OK,”  “But you can’t, so you’re fighting that battle all the time. “But can you prove you started before 1925?”
he added, referring to a photograph on the wall of the shop.

That was the year DiCostanza’s grandfather Augustine and grandmother Catherine opened A. DiCostanza’s grocery store at 1212 W. Third St. in Chester and served the clientele of gamblers and nighttime habitues of Palermo’s bar. The store remained in Chester for 71 years before relocating in December 1996 to Boothwyn.

But notoriety hasn’t spread much beyond the Delaware County border – perhaps, DiCostanza suggested, because nobody wants to think that a sandwich so connected to Philadelphia actually had its beginnings in Chester. Or did it?

So where does DiCostanza’s fit in? According to family lore, the store stayed open well past midnight, which was much appreciated by the gamblers who inhabited Palermo’s bar on the same street in the roaring ’20s.

Well, I love Hoagies.   You can make them fresh but you must have the right rolls, and good lunch meat.  They are not subs, heroes or any other imitator.  They are hoagies. But, I never knew how to properly make a travel hoagie.

PS. I grew up in Philly but you already knew this. But when I want a favorite hoagie I go to Primo Hoagies or Croces in Cherry Hill, NJ.


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