June 23, 2016 |
Nearly 30 years ago, I made a promise to my boyfriend/almost fiancé. If we got married and he really missed his native India, I would agree to move there. He had come to America for grad school, with every intention of returning home - until he met me. I was his American-born girlfriend whose parents emigrated from India in the 1950s, a girl who didn't care much for her Indian summers every few years, maybe because she always got humongous welts from mosquito bites, always contracted some sickness or other, always was teased mercilessly about her American accent.
March 22, 2016 |
JOE AND Marcy Cobb are like the folks you see pushing carts through Acme on Saturdays. Joe is a Philly cop; Marcy's a nurse at a local hospital. They are married and have four kids, including a set of fraternal twins. They are a loving, hardworking family with all the usual ups and downs. In other words, they're like a whole lot of middle-class African Americans - except that they're characters in a nationally syndicated cartoon strip called JumpStart that makes its debut in the Daily News on Monday.
March 20, 2016
The Immortal Irishman The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero By Timothy Egan Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 448 pp. $30 Reviewed by Paul Jablow From his earliest years in Ireland to the battlefields of the Civil War to his mysterious death in an icy Montana river, Thomas Francis Meagher was driven by visions of freeing his native Ireland from the yoke of Britain. It was a mirage constantly fading into the horizon. Born to family wealth he easily tossed aside, Meagher had been sentenced in 1848 to hang for revolutionary activities.
October 29, 2015 |
It's fitting that the Philadelphia Museum of Art should open its new, gorge-your-eyes exhibit on American still life now, as America lays in for Thanksgiving. Ripe abundance and unbridled consumption are two themes in the surprisingly gorgeous feast of American plenty. Posh flowers overspill their vases, mouthwatering fruits overflow their bowls, exotic and domestic animals (including a showstopping house cat) abound. The 175-year retrospective, "Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life," even starts on a peep-show note, with Philly master Raphaelle Peale's "Venus Rising from the Sea - A Deception.
March 5, 2015 |
WE INVENT the tools that we use to create the world we live in; in turn, the tools that we surround ourselves with sometimes take on a life of their own, shaping our culture in unanticipated ways. Henry Ford didn't set out to invent drive-in theatres, the suburbs or our irresistible addiction to oil, but once cheap, mass-produced automobiles became available, car culture took on a life of its own. Just as we invented the automobile, the automobile invented us. Thus, I'm reluctant for us to surround ourselves with more and more weapons, especially handguns.
December 4, 2014 |
It was fire-engine red - can't-be-missed red - and the fabric was nubby. It was what the beautiful Jackie Kennedy wore in the photo I memorized. I had to have that coat, and so did everyone else. So there we were, legions of suburban women decked out in Jackie knock-offs. Some were even brave enough to add a pillbox hat, a la Jackie. I was not. But how I loved that coat! I wore it everywhere I could through two winters. Still, that first grown-up coat of mine was definitely a far cry from the real thing, as evidenced by the way the lining ripped, the buttons fell off, and that nubby fabric that looked so fabulous grew fuzzy and frayed.
August 15, 2014
THE CHILD of hardworking Indian immigrants, Anupy Singla owes her many professional successes to her focused, self-motivated approach. But it's a pot of soggy, overcooked broccoli that turned her into a culinary star. In December 2005, Singla was working as a television reporter in Chicago when she pulled a major story - a Southwest Airlines passenger jet skidded off a Midway runway, spilling onto a busy highway and killing a young child in a vehicle. Canvassing the scene for local affiliate CLTV and submitting national segments to CNN, Singla was stuck in the field for hours, leaving her two young daughters at home with their nanny while her husband, Sandeep Gupta, traveled for business.
June 24, 2014 |
OVER 1,000 images were recently digitized into the Philadelphia Library Company's African Americana online collection, serving as a window into black history in Philadelphia and beyond. The African Americana database is the end result of a project that was "20 years in the making," one that will give anyone with an Internet connection access to these cultural relics, said Prints Department Associate Curator Erika Piola. The Philadelphia Library Company has been collecting images since its founding by Benjamin Franklin in 1731, and scholars began collecting photographs, political cartoons and drawings for its African Americana collection in the late 1960s.
September 15, 2013 |
ONCE YOU'RE 103 years old, your memories soften. For Lenora Carey, that means that memories of hardship have receded, overtaken by gratitude that she has known an abundance of the only thing that matters in life. Love. I didn't think this would be the most compelling lesson I'd take from my visit with Carey, whose 103rd birthday will be celebrated Tuesday afternoon at the North City Congress, a senior center on North Broad Street. I met Carey through her dear friend Eilene Frierson, director of North City, who thought I'd enjoy spending time with Carey, who's a living embodiment of the arc of black migration from the South.
August 28, 2013 |
Are you ready for the Big Magillah of American politics? This fall, every important domestic issue could crash into every other: health-care reform, autopilot budget cuts, a government shutdown, even a default on the national debt. If I were betting, I'd wager we will somehow avoid a total meltdown. House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) seems desperate to get around his party's Armageddon Caucus. But after three years of congressional dysfunction brought on by the rise of a radicalized brand of conservatism, it's time to call the core questions: Will our ability to govern ourselves be held perpetually hostage to an ideology that casts government as little more than dead weight in American life?