June 13, 2015 |
CINCINNATI - It was exactly a year ago Friday when Ken Giles made his highly anticipated major-league debut. His first pitch registered 100 m.p.h. on the Citizens Bank Park scoreboard. His fifth left the field of play. A monumental 31/2-month run followed for the reliever who became one of the lone bright spots in the Phillies' second consecutive 89-loss season. It wasn't until this past spring training that he endured his first stretch of bumps at the big-league level. "I think I'm a completely different pitcher than I was a whole year ago," Giles said this week.
September 28, 2014 |
Breaking a bad habit and replacing it with a new, healthier one isn't easy. Ask any habitual dieter, smoker, or prospective exerciser. One reason habits are so hard to change is "they are behaviors that get triggered by a particular situation that doesn't require you to think about them," says Russell Poldrack, a psychology professor at Stanford University who has studied habits and decision-making. "They can also be things that you keep on doing - even if you no longer get the results you used to. " Because of their automatic nature, habits are generally difficult for people to change through willpower alone.
January 3, 2014
SO, a Trinidadian auto specialist and a Guyanese-Muslim business strategist walk into a combination restaurant, grocery and carpet-installation center in Delco . . . That sounds like the setup to the most convoluted crack in comedic history, but it's not a joke - it's the seed that sprouted Bad Habit, a distinctive Caribbean restaurant in diverse Upper Darby. Exploring the cuisine of the islands through American-influenced street food and a halal-friendly approach, owners Sheldon Crosbie and Zahid Khan are addressing a void many don't even realize demands filling.
November 29, 2013 |
Since Thanksgiving is the kickoff for the season of indulgence, you are about to observe some unhealthy behavior. Drunk Uncle may be filling up his tank with a gallon of gin and tonic. Your kid sister may be wafting in on a nicotine cloud after returning from a brisk walk for some ostensible fresh air. Your father's recent triple bypass may not stop him from piling the buttered yams so high you are tempted to offer a sherpa guide to the summit. You will want to say something, purely out of concern for their welfare, longevity, and because it would be a shame to have to call 911 before the pecan pie. The question is, will your two cents do any good?
July 16, 2013
J ETHRO HEIKO, 40, of Fishtown, is the organizing director and a co-owner of the Action Mill, a "habit-design" firm on Vine Street near 12th, near Chinatown. The firm, which includes co-owners Nick Jehlen, 41, of New York, and Rob Peagler, 48, of West Philadelphia, was founded in January 2006 and has four employees. Q: What does the business do? A: We help teams, organizations and leaders identify bad individual and group habits and replace them with good ones. We design tools that increase employee engagement, reduce burnout and increase efficiency.
April 5, 2013 |
ATLANTA - In the wake of his abbreviated first start of the 2013 season, a frustrated Roy Halladay said he had to stop being so fine with his pitches and attack hitters earlier in the count. But what he said didn't jibe with that he did: Halladay went to his off-speed stuff almost exclusively after a three-run first inning. So are his continuing struggles partly a result of Halladay not trusting his stuff? "I don't know if it's an issue of trusting his stuff as much as trying to get to where he understands what his stuff is and how it's going to play and how he can work off that," pitching coach Rich Dubee said before Thursday night's 2-0 win over the Braves at Turner Field.
March 16, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The Big East tournament was neither kind nor unkind to Villanova as the Wildcats split their two games, beating St. John's on Wednesday and then falling to No. 4 Louisville in Thursday's quarterfinal round. Villanova got what it earned and nothing more. Despite some stretches of very spotty play, that almost certainly includes a locked-up bid to the NCAA tournament next week. The Wildcats don't know where they will be going or how impressively the tournament committee views their season, but they will be going somewhere to play someone - and that is still what this game is all about.
November 6, 2012 |
BUFFALO, N.Y. - A nun with a gambling addiction has been accused of stealing $128,000 from two rural parishes where she worked. Sister Mary Anne Rapp was treated for a gambling addiction and is in recovery, her order said Monday, but she still faces a criminal charge of grand larceny following the thefts from the St. Mary and St. Mark congregations. She was expected to plead not guilty at an initial appearance in Kendall Town Court on Monday night. "She's been a nun for a very long time, been a very good person, never in any trouble before," said her attorney, James Harrington.
May 7, 2012 |
We all seem to do something wrong when it comes to money. Whether your problem is not saving enough, or investing in money-losers, these sites could help you begin to change. Becoming a saver. There are three basic financial profiles, according to this entry at the personal-finance section on Tipcentral.net. You either spend more than you have, spend what you have, or spend less. Everyone's first long-term goal should be to get into the last category of savers. As creatures of habit, however, it's incredibly hard to do that.
January 4, 2012
By Gareth Cook You've probably tried exercise. Maybe you've given Atkins a shot or done time on Weight Watchers. But even if you've tried a thousand ways to drop pounds, I doubt you've tried this one: the Other Hand Diet. The approach is simple. If you are right-handed, use only your left hand to eat; your right hand must stay down at your side. (If you are left-handed, of course, then eat only with your right.) I can't promise that you'll become leaner and healthier on the Other Hand Diet.