29 Mar 2021


Not much was happening one cloudy, late November Day in Slatington. It was Thanksgiving. Most folks were inside, eating, watching TV doing Thanksgiving stuff. But not everyone. Not these women. They were out for a stroll, with each other, grabbing some supplies along the way (cranberry sauce?). It appears they both were involved in some larceny. Not the cranberry sauce, though. Something more serious, organ and identity theft. They are pretty open about it. I guess the authorities in Slatington […]

28 Mar 2021


As the man leaned over to grab another rakeful of mud, leaves and litter from the brown dirty water, I could see him reaching just a little too far, raking up too much muck and losing his balance. He wobbled and teetered and then awkwardly stumbled backward as crocodile suddenly leaped up to grab him. He hit it hard with his rake which only seemed to enrage the beast which lunged again, nipping his shoelace and biting off that little […]

27 Mar 2021


EZ PASS was founded about 34 years ago so we could simply sail through toll booths without stopping. No more fumbling for change, or worse, finding you don’t have the cash needed for a toll. In the beginning, being an EZ PASS user was special. You could zip through the toll booth while everyone else waited in long lines. Then, little by little, almost all the toll booths became EZ PASS. No more tossing quarters into a basket or passing […]

26 Mar 2021


About a year ago the acronym PPE didn’t have much meaning for most people. It sounds like a utility company. The COVID crisis, though, made it a mainstream term. PPE used to be reserved for hazardous environments. It is classified at four levels: A, B , C and D. Level D is just a hard hat and boots. Level A is a totally encapsulated moon suit with an air tank. Level B is protective clothing and an air tank (like […]

25 Mar 2021


Shadows offered up a little throwback to TV of the 1950s and 60s when Alfred Hitchcock, the master himself, would introduce his show. Each week his distinctive shadow would walk into the frame to the tune of the Funeral March of a Marionette. In some ways it was the best part of the show. Take a little detour now, and slip down a YouTube rabbit hole to check out Best Openings.

24 Mar 2021


Sometimes a crossing guard is more than someone guarding a crossing, keeping kids from running out into the street. Sometimes he’s a landmark. The crossing guard in Milford NJ told me he loves his work. Every morning and every afternoon he is at the corner by the post office doing his duty, commanding traffic both wheeled traffic and two-footed traffic. He also cheerfully greets just about every car that zooms by with a friendly wave. He was happy to be […]

23 Mar 2021


I’ve noticed that trash collectors are leery of people who emerge from the darkness and point a camera at them at 5:00 AM. Confronting a suspicious, burly hauler is probably not the best way to start my morning but how else do I get a photo? (I guess I could hide in the bushes, but he’d probably see me.) As my trash collector prepared to load my trash into the truck he looked up and saw me standing there . […]

22 Mar 2021


Some people walk around with earphones piping music into their brain. It’s a closed system, just looping around and around/. On the other hand, there are those who walk around piping music from their brain out into the world. Some hum, some sing and some play a harmonica while at the same time pick and strum a mandolin. It’s an open system. Playing two instruments at once while strolling is not for those of us who have trouble walking and […]

21 Mar 2021


Black skies are not very common. Except at night. (They are pretty common at night. I think that’s why they call it night). Most of the time (daytime) the skies are blue or gray with an occasional treat of red and orange during sunrise and sunset. Black? Better head for the storm shelter because that means there’s a blow a brewing. Or more likely a squall. Black skies and white steeples. Great combo.

20 Mar 2021


You’d think a steam roller could go anywhere. Maybe slowly, but indefatigably, relentlessly, inch by inch, mile by mile. But not with those treads. It is really a bit of a wimp when it comes to surmounting even minor obstacles. This driver was tasked with picking up a roller and taking it to another site, but like a stubborn mule it refused to let itself be loaded. It just slipped and slided. It looked frustrating and I offered to give […]