August 13, 2015 |
Question: My husband and I disagree, and I hope you can be the tie-breaker. I have two teenagers, 15 and 17. All their lives, I have felt they should tidy their rooms. My husband thinks they should do what they want in their own rooms. Because there are many things we don't agree on, I chose to let this one go and only ask that they pick things up off the floor so I can vacuum. After 10 years of this, their rooms are filled with trash and food wrappers, old school papers, outgrown clothes, books they have read, and various gadgets, toys, art supplies, the occasional dirty dish.
October 12, 2014 |
Once Dora Siemel saw the cedar house on the Unami Watershed in Green Lane, Montgomery County, she knew she had found a place Buddha would have yearned for. The setting is calming, verdant and serene. "There is no ugly way to get here," she says of the journey through abundant woodlands, where creeks snake past colossal boulders. The land is home to fox, deer, trout, and several species of salamander. That tranquil spirit also exists inside the two-story, 2,200-square-foot house where Siemel and her husband, Bob Wolfarth, have lived for 22 years.
October 9, 2014 |
Billy Blaise Dufala's usual destination for art supplies doesn't offer oil paints, archival paper, or sable brushes. But it does have new inventory daily - tons of it, brought in by the truckload from construction sites and 1-800-GOT-JUNK pickups. As he wanders, wearing a hard hat and reflective vest, among mountains of wood pallets, concrete rubble, and twisted metal at Revolution Recovery in Tacony, he's intrigued by a tattered but, it turns out, functional patio umbrella, a perfectly good roll of roofing vinyl, and a stuffed likeness of a New Kids on the Block-era Jordan Knight, still in its box. Uncovering potential within society's castoffs is at the core of the nonprofit Recycled Artist in Residency (RAIR)
January 31, 2014 |
Time has almost run out for CAPA students' hopes of putting on a musical, the centerpiece of their school year. With just a few days left until the deadline to raise enough money to produce a show, the High School for Creative and Performing Arts' parents group is about $6,000 short. That the city's premier arts school will go a second year without its signature performance breaks senior Maya Bjornson's heart. "When we can't do the biggest performance of the year, what does that say?
October 2, 2013
TOMS SHOES is a do-gooding company that launched in 2006 with an innovative plan to provide a free pair of shoes to kids in developing countries for every pair bought at retail. So far, thousands of shoes have gone to children in struggling nations like Haiti, Ethiopia and Rwanda. And soon, Philadelphia. Last week, the school district announced that it will give away more than 3,000 pairs of TOMS shoes to Philadelphia's low-income and homeless children. Of course we're thrilled that needy kids in our city will get a new pair of shoes (actually, they'll get two pairs)
July 14, 2013 |
Amanda Long is immobile without her wheelchair. She lacks the coordination to lift a fork. And she has not spoken a word since she was 3. Yet Long's powerful artwork hangs on the walls of Tastykake Inc.'s corporate headquarters, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and 15 other buildings on the East Coast. Long, 21 of Center Valley, Pa., is one of more than 50 students who attend HMS School for Children With Cerebral Palsy in University City. Like the Irish painter and writer Christy Brown, portrayed in the film My Left Foot , Long and her fellow students have repurposed their bodies to overcome some of the restrictions imposed by their illness.
June 20, 2013 |
A handyman and amateur artist with a history of drug addiction pleaded guilty Wednesday to bludgeoning to death a neighbor of Mayor Nutter. Edward Gause, 45, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the Nov. 5, 2010, slaying of Robert Lancaster Sr., who had hired Gause to work on his Wynnefield house. Gause's plea deal with prosecutors resulted in his being sentenced to 20 to 30 years in prison. "I'd like to apologize for my actions to his family," he said to Lancaster's son Robert Jr. and sister Carole Pegrem.
February 17, 2013
Jen Bryant lives in Chester County and is the author of "A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin," illustrated by Melissa Sweet In 1933, if you peered through the first-floor window of a certain plain brick house on Gay Street in West Chester, you might see a strongly built African American man, impeccably dressed in pressed white shirt and wool vest, his left hand grasping his right wrist, leaning toward his easel. His gaze is riveted, intense, as he applies from his palette, in thick, short strokes, house paint he's scavenged from the borough's alleys.
October 3, 2012 |
To walk into the new East Falls print studio of Fresh Artists - with its state-of-the-art copiers, rows of Mac terminals, even a paid staff member or two - is to see a nonprofit that has graduated to the next level. That there is a studio at all is an achievement for the organization, the brainchild of Barbara Chandler Allen and her son Roger Allen, which has funneled $150,000 worth of art supplies into Philadelphia public schools by trading digitally enlarged student artwork for donations from corporations and institutions including Comcast, Independence Blue Cross, and Drexel University.
August 5, 2012 |
The hollering startles me awake. "It's a great morning for skinny dipping!" I open one eye, and my froggy voice can barely croak out, "What time is it?" The answer comes from my equally comatose roommate on the bottom bunk below me: "5:25 a.m. . . .. I think. " She sighs. The ruckus continues right outside our door, with the offenders showing no concern for those of us still sleeping. Their voices get louder. My eyes are now wide open, and I know they will not close again until late that night.