January 17, 2016
BAILEY, A SEALPOINT Siamese with a yen for adventure, sails the bounding main with his humans, Louise Kennedy and her partner, James. The seafaring feline blogs about his life on their sailboat, Nocturne, and has clawed his way to literary fame with his book, "Bailey Boat Cat: Adventures of a Feline Afloat. " The Museum of Maritime Pets even named Baily an Ambassador at Sea. Like any sailor, Bailey is skilled at climbing ropes and ladders. He also enjoys watching seagulls and other birds, as well as dolphins, and snacking on the occasional fish that lands on board.
December 28, 2015 |
When Princess Mononoke debuted in America in 1999, it offered a decisive argument against those who would dismiss anime as a juvenile genre. There had been plenty of other movies that could have proven such a point to the discerning viewer, but Hayao Miyazaki's richly textured fantasy was the first to break into the mainstream. The fact that Princess Mononoke reliably makes the rounds of midnight movie screenings, as it will at the Ritz at the Bourse Friday, speaks to the depth and breadth of its appeal.
December 22, 2015 |
Without saying a word, 13-year-old Nehemiah can bring a smile to your face. He is a joy to be around. He loves trains and envisions a career as a locomotive engineer, but he's just as interested in insects and animals and spends hours learning about them on the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. He also enjoys watching comedy movies, reading mystery stories, and listening to gospel music. Nehemiah can be quiet and timid when you first meet him, but once he gets to know you, he will engage in lengthy conversations on just about any topic.
December 20, 2015
On Nov. 19, the Pennsylvania SPCA hosted the third annual Bark & Whine, its signature fund-raising event, at the Philadelphia Horticultural Center. More than 400 guests joined event leaders and cochairs Anne and Matt Hamilton, Patty and Robert Isen, Wendy and Wade McDevitt, and Marsha and Jeffrey Perelman, along with Jeffrey Buckley, CEO of the Pennsylvania SPCA, in an evening for local animal advocates. Guests participated in a silent and live auction while enjoying cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a sit-down dinner.
December 10, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - A rally in the Capitol on Tuesday for a low-profile animal rights bill received a jolt of energy from a high-profile - and perhaps unlikely - guest: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Michael Vick. The former Eagle, who was convicted for organizing dog fights in 2007 and served 21 months in prison, urged support for legislation that would make it a summary offense to leave pets in hot cars with the windows closed. All pets deserve humane treatment, Vick told the crowd, while acknowledging that it took him years to understand how to properly care for animals.
November 26, 2015 |
Joseph J. McGrane Jr.'s life interest was set early, when he visited his father on his farm in Concordville, Delaware County. His father, Joseph J. Sr., lived and worked in the city, but kept the farm until about a decade ago, "just for farming animals," said Joyce, wife of Joseph Jr. "Joseph would go out on the weekends and care for the animals," she said. Some the father sold, "but most were in the category of pets. " On Sunday, Nov. 22, Mr. McGrane, 70, of Palmyra, owner for the last 19 years of Paws to Heaven Pet Crematory in Pennsauken, died of esophageal cancer at home.
November 19, 2015 |
The first time Kaz met John Wayne, he was an 18-year-old immigrant fresh from Iran, standing in the lobby of the Barclay Hotel angling for a job. "Ah," Kaz said, spotting his childhood hero at the bar of the ritzy Rittenhouse Square hotel. "Here is the Duke. " Kazem Nabavi has never been a shy man. I met him in September after inquiring after the pony he keeps in a cozy paddock behind his tire shop in Port Richmond. We talked for hours. Completely charmed, I wrote about Kaz and his animals.
November 15, 2015 |
SUZIE AND DAISY, both pit bulls, are lucky to be alive after nearly being killed by their owners who were fined and barred from owning animals for 90 days following hearing in Municipal Court yesterday. In his East Falls home, Kevin Spence, 56, kept Suzie in a collar so tight that authorities said "her skin had begun to grow around" it. The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals charged Spence with animal neglect in August, took custody of Suzie, treated her wounds, and have since found her a new home.
October 23, 2015 |
MANY TIMES, usually at the end of practices, Jahlil Okafor will playfully palm the head of someone in the 76ers organization as the players gather for some words from coach Brett Brown before they head to the foul line to get in their final work of the day. Because his hands are so enormous, his grip usually encompasses pretty much the whole head, no matter who it is. Okafor is every bit of a man-child. The man part is obvious, from his hulking 6-11, 270-pound physique and booming voice, which sounds as though it is being electronically enhanced, like someone who wants to remain anonymous in an interview.
October 22, 2015 |
Like George Orwell in 1945, we live in a democracy tarnished by political intolerance. No English publisher wanted to issue Animal Farm in 1944, in large part because of how it depicted the (then-ally) Soviet Union. Today, people face public shame, lose jobs or businesses, or endure ostracism because of how they vote, what they hang on their walls, what attitudes they express on blogs, whom they've given money to, or whether they clap sincerely enough at an awards banquet. Despite Orwell's intent to satirize, decade by decade, each stage in Russia's history from 1917 to 1945, Animal Farm prevailed on a longer timeline because it conveyed the emergence of dictatorship and control from noble origins that sought equality and freedom.