Project 365 – Day 11 – Divine Lorraine

One of my favorite views of Philadelphia, headed down Broad Street with William Penn coming closer and closer into view. There was a time that he was the highest point in the city, but that is no longer the case, he still stands proud upon City Hall! 
The large building on the left, The Divine Lorraine, has intrigued me from the first time I noticed it. It once was once a beautiful building that was home to many of the cities wealthiest families. 
Built betweern 1892 and 1894. At 10 stories tall it was one of the first high rise buildings in the city. 
After it’s purchase in 1948  by Father Divine, it became the first racially integrated hotel of it’s class in the country. Anyone who was willing to follow the rules of Father Divine’s Universal Peace Mission Movement, was welcome.
Abandoned since 1999 the building has fallen into ill repair and is covered in grafitti (how do they do that at such heights and go unnoticed?) Much of the interior has been salvaged.
The building has passed through several owners. Currently plans for renovation are underway and reported to begin in May 2015. I hope that some day in the near future the building is restored to the graduer of the past.

The Divine Lorraine is listed on the National Register of Historic Places due to its significance in architecture and civil rights history.

If you are interested in seeing more of the building, I found this aweseome video shot with a drone.  
Joining in on Mellow Yellow Monday… there are bits of yellow throught the shot! 
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Monday Mellow Yellow – Cat Eyes

Jack the Cat’s eyes are very yellow, however he is far from mellow!
(These are IPhone photos, so not the best quality!)


Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function.
Garrison Keillor 

I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.
Jules Verne 

“A cat’s eyes are windows enabling us to see into another world.” 
Irish Legend

Cats do not have to be shown how to have a good time, for they are unfailing ingenious in that respect. 
James Mason






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Monday Mellow Yellow – Pop Century Resort

Yesterday was the 4th anniversary of our arrival back to Pennsylvania after living in Florida for six years! This past week was also the 10th anniversary of our arrival in Florida. It was funny how it worked out that way, both moves happened during the same week. It wasn’t planned… just how it happened!

I am really missing Disney. I need to figure out a way to get back there soon. Many things have changed since we left, so we would find plenty of new things to explore! I am a member of a Disney Addicts FB group and I am secretly jealous and envious of all those who are checking in during and after their trips!
I thought I would share some Disney yellow today! (I’m sure some of these are Mellow Yellow repeats, but after all, summer is all about the reruns!  LOL!

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Monday Mellow Yellow – Memorial Day, Lansdale, PA

Memorial Day is coming to a close here in the US. When you think of Memorial Day, and patriotism, you generally think of red, white and blue. At the ceremonies I attended today, however, there was an abundance of yellow too. Yellow roses laid at the memorials to honor those who served and gave their lives for our county from our community.

First a little yellow ardornment on the flags. These were two former Marines standing when the North Penn High School band and choir were performing The Marines Hymn.

Our flag’s unfurled to every breezeFrom dawn to setting sun;We have fought in every clime and placeWhere we could take a gun.In the snow of far-off Northern landsAnd in sunny tropic scenes;You will find us always on the job —The United States Marines.

These flowers were laid on the memorial in Lansdale;s Memorial Park by students from York Park Elementary School and Mater Dei School.
My brother, Robin Miller is on the Vietnam portion of the Memorial.
The second ceremony we attended was run by the North Penn High School Key Club at the Memorial Garden that as dedicated to those from NP High School who were killed in Vietnam and the Middle East. Originally there were just cherry trees planted honoring these soldeirs, but in 1994, this momument below was added. Each year a ceremony is held and either a family member or a member of the Key Club place a yellow rose for each soldier.
If you would like to read more about my brother Robin, this past week I published several of his letters home from Vietnam on my other blog Mom on Caffeine. I would love if you would stop by!
Join in with Monday Mellow Yellow, a day without yellow is just BLAH!

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Monday Mellow Yellow – Flower Power

I sure am glad I was searching Monday Memes today! I find that Gemma has taken over “yellow Monday” as the originator Drowsey Monkey retired! I did participate every week, but it  was one of my favorites! Thanks Gemma!

Now let’s see what yellow I might have to share today!
These are on the memory card that is currently residing in my laptop. I have not been much of a photography these past months. First the winter weather and then some personal issues at home have kept me from getting out and about with my camera. If not for my IPhone camera, life would be passing me by without any sort of record!

These photos were taken in Allentown, PA in July 2012. I was there for the day while Tara and friends were at a concert. That was such an enjoyable day. Just me and my camera for hours!

The roses were taken at the Malcolm Gross Memorial Rose Garden in Allentown, and the others were taken at one of the several covered bridges I visited that day!

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Autumn Leaves

The fall colors seem like such a distant memory, when in reality I took these photos just nine days ago. Just a few short days before the monster storm Sandy arrived here on the east coast. While my area was spared the utter devastation of the Jersey shore coast, barrier islands and New York, we had our share of multiple day power outages, downed trees and other storm related damage. We were very fortunate and thankful to have not lost power at our home. Tara missed three days (and 2 hours) of school, but I did not miss work, my scheduled days off coincided with the storm.
My last day off prior to the storm, and what I suspected would be my last chance to get out and find some foliage pictures for this autumn was Friday, October, 26th. The weather was really not that great, very overcast. It seems like we have had overcast skies for weeks now! I decided to just head out any way and see what I could see. I was past the prime, but I did find some nice colors in Schwenksville, PA along the Perkiomen Trail.

These last few were taken around Green Lane, PA.

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Rainbow Connection

Tara and I took a drive to downtown Philly on Saturday with a friend. We had one stop to make and the rest of the afternoon we did some “drive by” shooting with our cameras.

This is a daycare building we saw on the way home! I loved the rainbow, and who doesn’t love ELMO!

                                     Rainbow Connection (from the Muppet Movie)

Why are there so many songs about rainbows
and what’s on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,
and rainbows have nothing to hide.
So we’ve been told and some choose to believe it.
I know they’re wrong, wait and see.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

Who said that every wish would be heard
and answered when wished on the morning star?
Somebody thought of that and someone believed it.
Look what it’s done so far.
What’s so amazing that keeps us star gazing
and what do we think we might see?
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

All of us under its spell. We know that it’s probably magic.

Have you been half asleep and have you heard voices?
I’ve heard them calling my name.
Is this the sweet sound that called the young sailors.
The voice might be one and the same.
I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it.
It’s something that I’m supposed to be.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me. 

Join Drowsey Monkey and all the rest of the participants in Mellow Yellow Monday!

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Mellow Yellow Monday – Chantilly Floral Boutique

There is a fabulous flower shop in our town that always has the best window designs. Christmas was wonderful with crystals and reds, sadly I never got a photo that did it justice!

Yesterday driving by I noticed they were all ready for Valentine’s Day. What caught my eye first was the big red lips! Lucky for me, I had my iPhone close by, and no traffic was coming up the road behind as I stopped at the intersection!!!

There is just something about yellow and red together!

If you are in the Lansdale area, stop in and visit Chantilly Floral Boutique (right near the train station!)

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I was sad to realize that Ruby Tuesday @ Work of the Poet has ended! This would have been a perfect picture fot that meme too!

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