Thanks to Anne T. who gave us a nice review on Amazon.com for our book “Frankford Stories”. It was brief but much appreciated.
I do not check our book page on Amazon very often. Although we have sales every month, it does not amount to a lot and I am just happy that some folks are reading about some of the good things about Frankford. I was really surprised to see 2 books were purchased in England. Is that you Tim Wisniewski?
“Frankford Stories” is a collection of stories about Frankford. We have a nice collection of story tellers who were good enough to take the time to look back and remember.
Our first book was “Frankford Heroes” and that is about all of the guys from Frankford who gave their lives in service.
Our most recent book was “The heroes of Frankford high School which documents all those who attended Frankford High and died in service. There were over 200 men and 1 woman.
As you know we retired and moved to Virginia in 2019. I still miss walking the streets of Frankford and riding the El. St. Marks, 2nd Baptist, St. Joachim, Northeast Baptist, the Old Heads Game, Gambrel, Frankford Chargers, the memories call you back.
All the big cities have their problems right now but Philadelphia and Frankford are still home. Until next time, Peace.
This is a link to our Frankford page on Amazon – Click Here
IN YOUR HANDS
Where there’s a beginning, there must be an end.
Let’s start at the beginning, where I place my heart in your hands.
There’s not a lot of things that I hold dear.
But this is my heart, so I need you to take care.
Don’t use it as a weapon, use it as a shield –
To hold back temptation and to keep me near.
When things happen, and you don’t understand, just stand back!
Because you have a shield, to hold back all things you don’t understand.
That’s why I put my heart in your hands.
So, when the strong winds blow you from side to side, look in your hand,
And use my heart as a guide, to keep you on a straight and narrow path,
That’s why I know our love is going to last.
So, this is the reason I hope you understand,
That’s why I put – my heart in your hands.
Reflections on life in a Philadelphia Neighborhood
Our new book Frankford Stories is out today, available on Amazon at this link. It’s available in print and also as an ebook and if you have Kindle Unlimited, its free.
This is the second in the Frankford series, following Frankford Heroes. Frankford People will be out later this year.
This is a collection of stories published in the Gazette going back to 2010. I had a good time reading them again as I put this collection together. There is a lot of humor and some nostalgia, mixed with a bit of some of the not so good. They are all interesting from the best story tellers from Frankford.
If you live in or have lived in Frankford or if you have roots in Frankford in generations past if you grew up in Philadelphia or any other big city, you will enjoy this book.
To the authors: Al Houston, Joe Menkevich, Jack Hohenstein, Julia (Robinson) Mitchell-Hoffman, Lyle Larkin, Peter Dawson, Terry Rowley, Tony Wilkerson, and William Mastropieri; I’ll get your copy to you as soon as I can receive them from the printer.
Only a Dream
I feel like I’m in a dream, like I’m flying over mountains, valleys, and streams.
You take me higher than the birds and the bees. It’s so beautiful being lost in a dream.
My heart is beating so fast, how much longer can this last? “Lost in a dream”, flying higher and higher until I reach the clouds.
How do I know if this is a dream? Because I’m flying higher than anyone can believe.
Somehow, someway, you touch my heart, and made me believe that I could fly higher over all of the trees.
So, if this is a dream don’t wake me up, let me continue to fly high over rooftops.
So, if this is what love feels like, don’t wake me up. Let me continue to fly.
Because in the end – we all will realize – it was only a dream.
My good friend, Lenny Jaynes, regularly graces our page with poems but Lenny is more than a poet. He has spent years working with young people at the Philadelphia Express Track Club.
The club is raising funds to send their team to humble, Texas for the 2021 AAU Junior Olympics. It would mean the world to these kids to be able to participate.
Every donation is welcome but $100 or more will get you a framed copy of one of Lenny’s most popular poems.
Thanks in advance for your donation to this worthy cause. Click on this link to download the donation form.