April 5, 2013 |
Dressed in clothing with holes and sweaters marked by yellow stars, the actors from the Wolf Performing Arts Center played out a children's story of fear, sadness, and hope while in the Terezin concentration camp. The words came from the poems and stories in the book and play I Never Saw Another Butterfly, based on the experiences of the children who wrote poems and made artworks to pass the time in the camp. The title comes from a poem, "The Butterfly," written by one of the children.
March 5, 2013 |
DEAD BUTTERFLIES, more colorful than any exotic bloom. Old oil drums and milk jugs, transformed into something new. But nothing at the Philadelphia Flower Show represents life's endless loop more than the giant, steaming pile of . . . "Mommy, it's poop ," a giggling little girl said Sunday, at one unique display. The large, cartoon-like pile of poop is part of the Philadelphia Water Department's award-winning "The Power of Poop" display at the flower show. The display is all about reusing waste to create power, from our own waste to the scraps we shove down the garbage disposal.
January 27, 2013
The made-up stories of the next five months are passionate, often international, sometimes (or are they?) occult. The short novel and short story are coming on strong again. Biography, autobiography, and history loom large, as always, among nonfiction titles. Butterflies and the Bible make an appearance, too. Plenty to keep a reader busy, from here to the summer solstice and beyond. - By John Timpane and Michael D. Schaffer, Inquirer staff writers Butterflies, the Bible, passionate fiction - the books of spring Fiction The River Swimmer: Novellas by Jim Harrison (Grove, $25, Jan. 8)
November 9, 2012
Flight Behavior By Barbara Kingsolver HarperCollins. 448 pp. $28.99 Reviewed by Judith Musser For fans of Barbara Kingsolver's fiction, Flight Behavior will be a pleasant return to a familiar setting with recognizable characters, memorable dialogue, common themes, and well-written prose that has become associated with a Kingsolver novel. As in Prodigal Summer , Kingsolver revisits Appalachia and re-creates a plot imbued with ecological and biological importance.
August 29, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE - Bill O'Brien told it like it is. "I will certainly have butterflies before this game," Penn State's first-year head coach said Tuesday at the news conference to discuss Saturday's season opener against visiting Ohio. "I mean, I'd be crazy to tell you otherwise. " After all, O'Brien's first real game at a stadium that holds more than 106,000 people is this weekend, and it comes after the most eventful summer Penn State has ever seen. But when game time actually rolls around after a summer of fielding all sorts of non-football questions, O'Brien will be ready.
August 17, 2012 |
TOKYO - Radiation that leaked from the Fukushima nuclear plant following last year's tsunami caused mutations in some butterflies - including dented eyes and stunted wings - though humans seem relatively unaffected, researchers say. The mutations are the first evidence that the radiation has caused genetic changes in living organisms. They are likely to add to concerns about potential health risks among humans though there is no evidence of it yet. Scientists say more study is needed to link human health with the Fukushima disaster.
July 31, 2012 |
LONDON - Dana Vollmer finished a blistering final 50 meters of the 100 butterfly Sunday, smacked the wall, ditched her goggles, and squinted at the clock. It took a moment to find it, then to sink in. She had done it: 55.98 seconds. A world record. An exultant smile spread, and she shot her fist in the air at the Olympics Aquatics Centre. Four years after missing the 2008 Beijing Games almost made her quit swimming, and eight years after winning relay gold as a 16-year-old at the 2004 Athens Games, the Granbury, Texas, native won her first individual Olympic gold in historic fashion.
July 1, 2012 |
OMAHA, Neb. - Conshohocken's Teresa Crippen tried to swim with the mind-set that this attempt at making the London Olympic team was just for her - not for her brother Fran, who died in a 2010 open-water swimming race, and certainly not for the heartening headlines she would have made as a 2012 Olympian. But the loss of Fran still is so palpable for the Crippen family, especially when they're on a big stage in the sport, when the announcer calls out the name "Crippen" and the audience takes extra notice.
June 29, 2012 |
Michael Phelps stayed on course to swim eight events at the London Games, pulling away for a dominating win in the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha, Neb., on Thursday night. Phelps has locked up three individual events for London and he's got two more to go. Combined with a likely spot on all three relay teams, the 26-year-old from Baltimore - already the winningest Olympian ever - would have a chance to duplicate his record from the Beijing Games if he doesn't stumble over the next three days.
June 13, 2012 |
It fell to the floor, an exquisite thing, a small thing that could upset balances and knock down a line of small dominoes and then big dominoes and then gigantic dominoes, all down the years across Time. Eckels' mind whirled. It couldn't change things. Killing one butterfly couldn't be that important! Could it? ... "Can't we," he pleaded to the world, to himself, to the officials, to the Machine, "can't we take it back, can't we make it alive again? Can't we start over? Can't we —" ... He heard Travis shift his rifle, click the safety catch, and raise the weapon.