By Chris Poh, Publisher of American Public House Review
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There is this underlying belief in humankind that a parting is nothing more than a prelude to that next point of gathering. There will always be another chance to make merry, to make a difference or to make amends. But there are those goodbyes and physical embraces that foreshadow that final intersection of those parallel journeys that so often enrich our lives.

Looking back, I did not have any inclination to think that the second Sunday of this past March might be one of those days. There seemed to be some hope of reprieve from the unremitting cold that had gripped the Northeast. And with that came the return of friends and customers that had been absent from my bar for quite some time. If anything, I locked up that evening believing that the business going forward would be rewardingly brisk on many fronts. But within 48 hours a fire at the Indian Rock Inn would greatly alter that possibility.

Whether or not this historic establishment shall once again fully attend to the needs of those who follow the path of the Delaware through this portion of land originally deeded to William Penn will be determined by those who preside over the legal and economic affairs in such matters. As to the human costs, many of those accounts might remain unsettled. And as it is with all tragedy and loss, we are reminded about our own vulnerability and the very temporary status of our time here. So while we are able, it would be wise to heed to that poetic voice that advises us to live well, laugh often, and love much!


He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much;
Who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children;
Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
Who has never lacked appreciation of Earth's beauty or failed to express it;
Who has left the world better than he found it,
Whether an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;
Who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had;
Whose life was an inspiration;
Whose memory a benediction.
Bessie Stanley Anderson 1904


mitchell's pub as seen in American
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Chris launches APHR with his initial comments.
golden pint
Chris remembers a long past New Years Eve in a Greenwich Village pub.
                              Hope & Ivyland Railroad as sseen in
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A remembrance of a friend

"The times that try men's souls!"
offending foot

A tea party for a new year.
A look at the contributions of Muslim/Americans
Sevens sign

A benediction for the new year.
God Hill Saloon in                              Virginia City, Nevada as seen in American                              Public House Review
Raising the bar
Instead of the ceiling.

Christmas lights

Little Shack in the Back

Taps at the Farnsworth
                              House as seen in American Public house
Chris introduces an issue that explores a little bit of the rich military legacy of our country.
Paintin in Whitehorse Tavern as seen
                            inAmerican Public House Review
Chris talks about his early days
as a bartender in NYC.

Boots in Virginia
                              City, NV as seen in American Public House
Chris presents our Virginia City Nevada tour of classic western pubs.
A toast to better economic times and good wishes for 2009.
be good or br

Be good or be gone.

Billy Mulligan

A friendship in between sets

An appeal to exercise our franchise.
well in Kuwait
Our energy policy beholds us to enemies.

Pabst Blur
                                  Ribbon can
Beer budget tightening during lean times

A toast at The Bucket of Blood in Virginia City, Nevada as seen in American Public House Review

Who's buying the next round?

Painting in Ale Mary's as seen in
                                American public House Review
Chris reminisces about his father's home bar and Christmas past.
Painting in Blackkbread bar in
                                  Jim Thorpe, PA as seen in American
                                  Public House Review
Chris introduces the new look and expanded version of APHR
cannon at The Arsenal
                              in New Castle, Delaware as seen in
                              American Public House Review
Chris presents our issue about taverns with an American Revolutionary War heritage.

Tom Connally
The passing of a friend at the end of the bar.
An historical companion to APHR'S autumn long visit with Philadelphia.
We the people
A look at the dance of rights vs. responsibilities

A 2010 Christmas wish
Dean Martin in Ri  Bravo

The Death of Osama Bin Laden

Takin it to the Streets

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