August 19, 2016 |
Among dozens of gifts Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams belatedly reported this week are four family vacations at the Key West, Fla., beach house of longtime Philadelphia lawyer Richard Hoy. During the same period, Hoy represented scores of defendants facing charges brought by Williams' office, ranging from DUIs to aggravated assault. In an interview, Hoy said he frequently lets friends, many in Philadelphia's political class, use his vacation home. "I never considered it a gift," he said.
December 20, 2013 |
Hooray, it's the holidays! And you'll find no "Bah humbug!" here. We're caught up in the festivities of the season. If we're lucky there'll be just enough snow to dress Bucks County in winter white. The little river towns along the Delaware look downright Dickensian - big stars and bells strung with twinkling lights hang from every lamppost, people hurry through their errands, while others stroll and peruse shop windows decked out with bling. There are even carolers on street corners singing the old favorites.
December 25, 1986
Cynical sorts - along with inquiring skeptics and sincere disbelievers - are ever so annually diligent to spread the word that Christmas is an expropriated celebration. That every culture has had a winter solstice-time party. That Jesus couldn't have been born in December. That Judean shepherds never stayed out with the flocks overnight at this time of year. Could be. So what? Fact is, it's Christmas. Most certainly, Christmas is part of everyone's life. Not just the pious Christians.
December 24, 2003
AT A TIME when most of us are busily preparing for Christmas, let us remember and thank our troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. To those who protected our freedom in World War II, thank you. To those who fought in Korea and Vietnam, thank you. To those who fought in the Gulf War, thank you. And to those firefighters and police officers in New York, the ones who head into a burning building as we are heading out, and lost their...
December 25, 1999 |
We know now that for the first three hundred thousand years after the big bang the universe was completely dark . . . it was only then that the first light began to emerge. And tonight I tuck my daughter in and catch a glimpse . . . And tonight I kiss my sleeping son on his head and catch a glimpse of the Incarnation. The author lives and writes in West Mt. Airy.
December 25, 1991 |
Passing a church nativity scene, one December day in 1958, a woman on a bus was heard to say, "Oh, Lord! They bring religion into everything. Look! They're dragging it even into Christmas now!" It seemed funny at the time. Today, it has become a remarkably accurate statement of the American view of Christmas. The secular, commercial festival is the norm, and attempts to drag religion into it - or to remind people that it is the celebration of Christ's birth - are rigorously suppressed.
December 25, 1988 |
In a home in Burlington City where simple seasonal signs adorn doors and walls, and strangers come and leave presents, it's a true first Christmas - a first for the home, a first for the babies, a first for the teenagers who live there, who are ending a year as new mothers or beginning another as soon-to-be mothers. The home belongs to Crossroads, which welcomes pregnant teens, and lets them stay until their babies are 1 year old. The home opened in June.
December 21, 1998 |
In the end, I suppose, Christmas '98 will be much like Christmas '76, '81, '95 - or '03, for that matter. But it's Christmas 1990 that will always remain with me. That Christmas, I didn't find myself sipping apple cider, breaking open fresh almonds, sitting near the fireplace, or laughing with my daughters. That Christmas, I found myself in the Saudi Arabian desert, under an army tent, only dreaming of these things. We'd been alerted months earlier at our home station in Bamberg, Germany.
December 12, 1986 |
The Christmas caroling filling the air and the delicious aroma of gingerbread and cookies wafting from many kitchens have worked their magic. If you, too, are hooked by the spirit of Kris Kringle and want to wade into the middle of the festivity but still avoid crowds and commercialism, you'll enjoy this week's Going Places. They let you participate in the warmth and hospitality of this holiday season in family homes within two hours driving time from Philadelphia. Catch a sense of Christmas Past at the Mount Hope Estate and Winery in Cornwall, 15 miles north of Lancaster.
December 24, 2008 |
DEAR SOLOMON, Eve and Adrianne, Christmas began at a time when the only thing that could save the world was a new beginning. Christmas began with a child. This year, as we celebrate the birth of love in its highest form, I celebrate each of you. I pause to reflect on the moment you came into the world, to remember the first time I held you, to look back on the laughter we've shared. But most of all, I pause to thank God for the gift of redemption. For you see, it was in learning to be a father that I learned to be a man. I grew strong on the nights when I rocked you to sleep.