About carla

Writer, blogger, photographer, breast cancer survivor. I write about whatever strikes my fancy as I meander through life.

do we really have to have more protests now?

I am sure this will be an unpopular post. I expect people will call me unpleasant names. I expect people will think I am being non-supportive. That is their right but that is not the truth.

I have friends and family stuck next to Ground Zero in Center City Philadelphia where the protests that started peacefully over the weekend ended up violent and destructive. A lot of us know people involved in businesses and buildings that were trashed.

Yesterday I met a really nice lady who is one of the workers at Penn Medicine in Radnor. She was at work doing her job while people watched her house somewhere in Philadelphia where these protesters had broken out her windows in her home. That struck a chord with me of the collateral damage here. I don’t know that I could have gone to work and left my home if somebody had broken out all the windows in the front. Protesters literally turned wherever she lives into a war zone.

As a nation we are in the grip of ugly things. Trying to combat racism once again and trying to get out of community lockdown status because of a global pandemic. Don’t people realize that these protests are probably going to cause spikes in #COVID-19?

I saw something in Patch today that says local police departments are “aware“ of this event but when you look at an Instagram screenshot that someone sent me it infers that they are behind it? So which is it? IF township police departments are part of this, why don’t they say so outright? And where does the Google form go to? Who is the keeper of your information?? (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScDyKbsg-a7VoG6pO208Hdv80FBgiNtpljmMUGd-Bhw_ZqprA/viewform)

Community Corner: Peaceful Protest Planned Along Main Line Thursday: Police

A peaceful protest is planned for Thursday morning and will begin in Wayne and end at the Paoli train station.

By Max Bennett, Patch Staff

Jun 2, 2020 1:46 pm ET | Updated Jun 2, 2020 9:12 pm ET

WAYNE, PA — A protest is planned in Radnor and Tredyffrin townships Thursday, according to police.
Radnor Township Police said they have been made aware of a peaceful protest planned for Thursday
According to organizers, the protest will begin at 11 a.m. at the Wayne train station.
The march will head along Lancaster Avenue with stops at the Strafford, Devon, and Berwyn train stations before ending at the Paoli train station…. The exact time and locations of the protest is unclear, according to Radnor officials. Patch will provide updates on protest specifics when they are made available

I have NO as in ZERO problem with peaceful protests but we do NOT live in peaceful times AND we are TRYING to get out from under a global pandemic and stay at home orders.

What is it people don’t get that there will be some sort of a spike in the virus if this protest occurs?

What is it people don’t get that the detractors who are causing the violence and mayhem follow these peaceful protests? Can our communities afford to take such risks?

With all due respect to the people organizing this I really wish you would rethink this AT THIS TIME. Timing is everything.

And that’s not to say that I am not happy to see that the Main Line is becoming more aware to the problems of racism which has been sort of deliberately invisible and I acknowledged through a lot of the Main Line history although it definitely exists.  I am truly happy to see this finally happening.

As a community, we can indeed and should indeed support peaceful efforts to bring about positive change. But given what happened in Philadelphia and across the country last weekend and into this week, please think twice about this at this time.

It’s just my opinion you can (again) think I am not being supportive, but that’s on you. I am supportive. And those who know me know I am supportive. But there are other things at play here and I think we have to take those into consideration.

That’s all. If you go, please be safe. And pay attention to the weather since a weather alert has been issued through Saturday.

radnor has some really ugly infill development in north wayne…is garrett hill next?

Coming to Radnor today to go to Penn Medicine, I took some back roads familiar to me and had to take pictures of what you see above. You’re driving on Plant Avenue in Wayne, and all of a sudden there is this hulking thing that looks like a jail basically.

What used to be there was a very ramshackle house. However at least the ramshackle house fit on the footprint of the property. I don’t understand how this thing was able to be built.

This thing is outsized, and the scale is so off for the little neighborhood it is in. I also wonder how down there where it floods when you blink your eyes during a little rain storm. I mean I’ve seen the flooding there when it happens it’s bad. The Gulph Creek shows no mercy.

And when I see a project like this it makes me fear for other areas where scale is very important like Garrett Hill. Because I have heard scuttlebutt that the current commissioner over there is all for changing the zoning. That’s nuts.

There’s nothing wrong with little neighborhoods remaining little neighborhoods. And this just makes me sad.

the ghost towns

I had to go to Penn Radnor for a biopsy today. I came through Wayne. I came through a few towns as a matter of fact on my journey from Chester County. It is so disconcerting to see the ghost towns that our communities have become.

And I fear the rioting and looting is going to extend stay at home orders.

I don’t know about the rest of you but I sure would love a do-over on the year known as 2020.

kristine howard, the only thing you have earned is my disdain.

Kristine Howard has lit drop flooded our mailbox today. Especially loved the giant glossy mailer that says she’s “earned” her reelection. Sorry not sorry, the balls on that woman! Or her campaign.

In all my years of voting, and watching local, regional, state, and federal politics I am astounded that someone who has literally done nothing is even still a viable candidateIn all my years of voting, and watching local, regional, state, and federal politics, I am gob smacked astounded that someone who has literally done nothing is even a candidate.

If she is such a real “environmentalist“ why has she killed so many trees this election season?

She is not visible, she is not available to her constituents, she is solely available to Tom Wolf and his agenda. And whomever else her puppeteers are.

I gave her a chance two years ago and the only thing she has earned to date is my distain.

I don’t care if you vote for a purple people eater tomorrow don’t vote for Kristine Howard.

dear mayor kenney and chief outlaw,

Dear Mayor Kenney and Chief Outlaw,

My husband spent hours trying to figure out a way to get to my elderly parents and bring to us to get them out of the city. To no avail.

He couldn’t get to them. He literally went all the way down to Columbus Boulevard and over to South Philadelphia and back up! I am beside myself.

I just got off the phone with my mother and she tells me that the building Cole Haan is in was burnt out on Walnut, TD Bank and PNC Bank were destroyed all those other stores were loaded and broken into. She’s not sure about all that happened to places DiBruno Brothers on Walnut Street (they did get looted) but everything around it was pretty much destroyed.

This crap literally came to the front door to where my parents and another friend call home and that is so unacceptable and also while all this looting was going on last night? Apparently although they didn’t see a lot of police activity, but they saw a lot of news cameras and people with phones recording it.

A partial list of other things I found of what has been looted and/or destroyed includes: Boyd’s , Brooks Brothers, AT&T, Apple, 7-11, Target, Macy’s, GAP, Lacoste, Old Navy, JCrew, Marathon Grill, Reading Terminal Market, UNIQLO, DiBruno’s.

There are many, many more. There is looting and rioting in the Northeast. Port Richmond is in particular crisis as I type this.

My parents are elderly. They live in YOUR city. I don’t feel they or my other friends in Philadelphia are safe. I never thought I would say that. And if you can’t get control of the city, we can’t get to them. HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF THESE WERE YOUR PARENTS?

I believe there should be justice for George Floyd. I had no problems with peaceful protests. But where is the justice for the innocent residents of Philadelphia and elsewhere who are the victims of the terrifying rioting and looting? Truly no one is safe right now. Doesn’t that worry you?

I’ll leave it there.

this is not my philadelphia

Because of the oversaturation of COVID-19, and the crazy politics out of Washington D.C. I have not been watching the news. Last night, I watched streaming services TV and went to sleep.

I knew about that poor man George Floyd being murdered in Minneapolis. Sorry that’s how I see it if it offends you. Racism is killing this country again.

I knew about the peaceful protests going on in major metropolitan cities. I have little problem with peaceful protest, I have participated in them over the course of my life. But last night, peaceful protests went away, and opportunistic rioting and looting began. That’s not right.

We live in a very angry country. I think a lot of this can be laid at the feet of the politicians in the current regime in the White House. And last night this also came too close to home. Philadelphia was on fire. When I turned on my phone this morning it exploded with text messages like this one:

This is not my Philadelphia.

When you hear things like that your head feels like a ping-pong ball. So I started looking to see what I found:

Mandatory Curfew Implemented For Philadelphia, Gov. Wolf Signs Emergency Declaration As George Floyd Protests Turn Violent: CBS3 Staff
May 30, 2020 at 11:31 pm

The Inquirer: ⬤ LIVE
Philly awakes after a night of protest and looting; prosecutors today will begin deciding who will be charged;

MAY 30, 2020 George Floyd protests in Philly erupt in fires, looting; City officials blame outsiders
Mayor Kenney, Commissioner Outlaw say Saturday afternoon’s violence was instigated by people who had nothing to do with the morning’s demonstationsMichael Tanenbaum Headshot BY MICHAEL TANENBAUM
PhillyVoice Staff

What the ever-loving F?

This is not my Philadelphia.

I am horrified and almost feel like crying. We are a country of anger and vitriol and racism and discrimination. But this wanton mass destruction? Where innocent people are hurt? What does that accomplish?

Right now I am watching NBC’s Meet the Press. They have mayors from certain cities, officials from Minneapolis and so on talking about all of this and what is going on across the country.

There was a common thread of these people basically saying the president has to stop dividing and lead. I don’t think he can do that because he has a limited grasp on the reality most of us experience every day. I also don’t think he cares. And as the Mayor of Atlanta pointed out he has an unfortunate history of misspeaking and making matters worse. We can’t afford that as a nation. All of these mayors are also commenting on the fact that a lot of these agitators the turned peaceful protests violent came in from out of the area.

I was a little kid in Philadelphia from when I was born in the mid-60s through when we moved in the mid-70s. There were not protests like happened last night then. There was a lot of looting and rioting and other parts of the country but Philadelphia was somehow in a bubble.

Racism in America is a real issue. But looting and rioting and burning cities to the ground like happened in so many cities across this country yesterday and overnight? That is hate and anger which begets more hate and anger.

The images I am posting I have taken mostly off of Twitter. I’ve taken screenshots because they’re not my photos so you can see who took them. But we have to stop living like this.

I am also afraid that because of all these riots across the country that just as we’re getting ready to reopen after coronavirus as a nation I think we are going to see spikes in the virus because of the rioting.

Election Day is June 2nd. As Americans one of the most powerful things we can do is exercise our right to vote. And I hope what has happened this weekend drives a lot of you to the polls to vote out the bad and vote in better. And come November continue that in the General Election.

We are not a country of anarchy and anger, or we shouldn’t be. We, as Americans, are better than that. Or we should be.

Today we should all mourn for what we are devolving into as a nation. It’s getting to the point where do we really feel safe in our communities no matter where we live? It breaks my heart and terrifies me.

dick saha, you were an amazing man and a lot of us will miss you.

Mt. Airy Lavendar today.

Today life got a little too real. Someone very special, whom I truly admired, has died. Dick Saha of Wagontown/Coatesville.

I am trying to gather my thoughts cohesively, but if I am honest, right now tears are getting in the way.

I met Dick and Nancy Saha in the early 2000s. It was back in the days of eminent domain for private gain. They were fighting to save their family farm from Coatesville which decided his gorgeous property would make a great golf course. (Read about it here on the Castle Coalition/Institute for Justice.) We were trying to save Ardmore’s historic business district from a similar eminent domain for private gain fate.

Dick Saha May 2005

As a member of the Save Ardmore Coalition (see “success stories” on Castle Coaltion website) , we spent a fair amount of time with the Sahas. We all went to Washington DC together and other places. And the thing about Dick is he supported all of our efforts in Ardmore. He and Nancy came to community events.

Dick and Nancy visiting us in 2006 in Ardmore, PA

Dick Saha lived by the courage of his convictions. He was like a lion defending his farm, but I am telling you that man did it in the most pleasant no-nonsense way. One of my favorite memories of him was when he and his friends went to Radnor Township years ago to make sure the old Coatesville manager who was part of the eminent domain game was NOT hired by Radnor as an interim township manager. The Radnor Commissioners were nervous that these people from Coatesville were there. It was hysterical. And all Dick Saha did was stand at the back of the boardroom. And smile. It was his John Wayne moment for sure.

One thing I also adored about Dick Saha was his devotion to his wife and family. The love was so real and you could see it. Magnificent and steady not gushy. You never saw Dick without Nancy, generally speaking.

Dick and Nancy Saha in Washington when we were all at an Institute for Justice conference. They are speaking with my friend Scott

The years passed and we all went on with our lives. I thought of Dick and Nancy here and there, especially when I moved to Chester County. Then as fate and luck would have it last year I learned about a lavender farm called Mt. Airy Lavender, otherwise known as the Saha farm. I was so excited about it, and went out to an open farm day. ( I wrote about it HERE. ) At that time I wrote:

It was a crazy time. What we all went through was hard. It was a brutal battle.  We went to Washington alongside the Sahas, Susett Kelo (think Little Pink House), people from Long Branch NJ, and many many more.  It was the time of the US Supreme Court case Kelo vs. New London.

Dick and Nancy Saha were inspirational.  They created a hands off my farm movement. (You can read about it here on the Institute for Justice website in more detail.) They had a great deal of local, regional, and national news attention.  We all did. It was kind of crazy.

It cost the Sahas hundreds of thousands of dollars and pure grit and hard work and they saved their farm.

I used to love seeing Dick and Nancy Saha.  They are the nicest people and they would make the drive from the Wagontown area to even visit us in Ardmore when we were hosting events.

But time and life move on and we all got on with our lives after eminent domain.  I moved to Chester County.  And since I moved to Chester County  I have thought about the Sahas once in a while.  I thought about reaching out, but then I thought well the battle was over so maybe it would seem weird.  But I always wondered what happened to the Saha family after.

So this morning an article from Main Line Today popped up in a social media feed. About two sisters named Joanne Voelcker and wait for it….Amy Saha! Dick and Nancy Saha’s daughters and their lavender farm! (Lavender farm? Wait what?? How awesome!!)


I wrote another post about my first Mt. Airy visit and also about an event I attended on the farm that was a wine tasting. One granddaughter, Gretchen Voelcker, is a very talented vintner (Luna Hart wines.). These were the last two times I saw Dick Saha. He had aged, and he looked frail to me. And now heaven has another angel. Dick Saha was 90.

Dick Saha, summer 2019

Dick Saha wasn’t a close friend or a family member, but I am feeling this as if he was. He and Nancy made an impression on me. They are good people (I can’t even really think if Dick in the past tense yet), and I am lucky to know people like this in my life even for a little while. Dick Saha is one of those people who made the world a better place.

Here we are in COVID19 land so how do families mourn their loved ones? This breaks my heart. I am sorry this post is not more eloquent. I am just sad.

Dick, it was an honor to have known you. Fly with the angels. (His funeral home has information here.)

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.

And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in
the hollow of His hand.

Dick and Nancy, summer 2019

sorry carolyn, already voted for don

Today I received yet another glossy mailer from Carolyn Comitta whom I really like as a person. But I have been uncomfortable if I am honest about her running for both state senate and the state house. I think politicians should stick to running one race at a time, and not hedging their bets.

Carolyn, to address you directly, I find your mailers confusing because it sounds like you are saying Tom Wolf endorses you personally? And that’s the biggest issue with this – Carolyn you say Tom Wolf trusts you but this is pipeline land in Chester County and most of us don’t trust Tom Wolf . So there you have it.

Carolyn, the best candidate for Andy Dinniman’s senate seat is Don Vymazal. Don’t mean you any disrespect but I already mailed in my ballot. I chose Don. And you can tell your bosom buddy Kristine Howard I also chose Ginny Kerslake.

I am not telling anyone how to vote, only whom I chose and whom I believe should NOT be in a particular office.

meandering through the covid19 world

Yesterday I went out. I never left the car mind you, but I went out into the world. To pick up my plants from the Philadelphia Unit of the Herb Society of America. I went up to Brooks Coventry Plants.

It was lovely to be out. A beautiful day, a beautiful county. A great day to be alive.

Observations: shopping centers sitting empty is eerie to see. Developments being built that are stopped? Makes me wish they would just disappear and farm and field would return.

Life at a veritable standstill continues to feel unnatural. Or maybe it’s that it’s a pace we don’t understand in our modern world. But not all of the time. Sometimes it’s actually nice. Except that it would be nice to be able to enjoy our slower life pace with our friends and family.

My husband is an awesome guy. He is so calm, and that keeps the rest of us calm. Most of the time.

However, I find myself waking up at odd times of the night. Worrying. I am not consciously worrying but my subconscious works overtime some nights when I am sleeping. Sigh.

How long have we been doing this now? Since March? How do we all get back into the world, wherever in the world it is we live?

I am teaching myself to bake bread. I have been repairing my vintage quilts. I have been gardening. But I will admit my inner domestic diva would love a manicure about now.

Do you find your thoughts jump around sometimes with all this time to ourselves? It’s like ADD by COVID19.

I can tell you I am anxious about upcoming medical appointments that are all turned around and a little sideways because of COVID19. And it’s almost my 9th anniversary post breast cancer…which is why it’s time for all of the testing and meeting with my oncologist. It’s kind of stressful under normal circumstances. Add a sprinkling of COVID19 precautions and new procedures and well…stressful and a little scary.

Well I am still not sure of the rhyme or the reason for this post. It kind of just “is”. We are muddling through but some days it just feels muddling.

Stay well.

Thanks for stopping by.