September 12, 2016 |
Though I am usually terrified to fly, let alone across the ocean amid a time of unrest (Paris was still on everyone's minds), the joy of seeing my daughter Jessica in London and plans already forming put the fear at bay, and off I went. The heart of the Christmas season and a ceremony of carols at St. Paul's Cathedral were just the prompt I needed to go. I had been there before, so Jessica, being the ultimate tour guide, had an itinerary planned with sites off the normal tourist path.
January 7, 2016 |
Where do you suppose that Champagne bottle is you uncorked on New Year's Eve? And whatever did you do with the cork? The molded Styrofoam that delivered your new laptop, the cardboard cup from Starbucks that held this morning's latte, the Sunday Inquirer, Friday's pizza box greasy with pepperoni, the aluminum foil that wrapped the turkey, and that string of Christmas lights that blinked out over the weekend: Where are they now? If you live in Burlington County, chances are good that your recent paper, metal, plastic and glass trail has been dumped, tumbled, crushed, and flattened, scanned by infrared light, puffed by air jets, and sorted by magnets at a plant in Westampton.
January 2, 2016
Q: I live near a lot of people who go over the top with Christmas lights. Last year, I got into the spirit and got a bunch of lights for the outside of my house. But this year, they were such a tangled mess that I recycled them and bought new ones so I wouldn't need to deal with it. To avoid this next year, how should I take them down? - C.S. A: This is such a great question. Storage is always a big problem, and strings of lights really do tangle easily. The downside to LED lights - and upside, if you think about it - is that we can use long strings because we don't have to worry about the electrical load.
December 26, 2015 |
Soon after Rose and Aaron Harris bought their Tacony home four years ago, a neighbor stopped by. His first question on that warm fall afternoon? "Do you do Christmas?" "I said, 'Yeah, sure. We'll do Christmas. We'll put some lights up,' " Aaron Harris recalled. Fast-forward to a Saturday morning a few months later. The Harrises were nestled in their new home - all snug in their bed, as it were - when they heard the loud buzz of a drill. Away to the window, Aaron flew like a flash.
December 2, 2015 |
Three people were found dead late Sunday in a home in Hatfield Borough after what the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office called an apparent double homicide and suicide. A 48-year-old woman and her 28-year-old son were found shot to death. Also discovered was the body of Paul Marshall, 48, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The woman and other man were not identified by officials. "This is a quiet neighborhood. It's not something that you would expect," said Lynne Barnes, 66, who has lived in the area since 1973 and whose house is down the street from where the victims were found, at 138 Diamond St. Hatfield Township police responded to the house about 11:34 p.m. Sunday after a report of a shooting.
April 8, 2013
The new novel from Inquirer columnist Lisa Scottoline, "Don't Go" (St. Martin's Press), is in bookstores Tuesday. Excerpts continue Tuesday in Magazine and Wednesday in Style & Soul. Chapter One Chloe woke up on the floor, her thoughts foggy. She must have fallen and knocked herself out when she hit the hardwood. She started to get up, but felt dizzy and eased back down. The kitchen was dark except for pinpoints of light on the coffeemaker, TV, and cable box, like a suburban constellation.
February 13, 2013
DECEMBER was normal. We bought the kids' Christmas gifts and hid them safely away. We watched as our children searched every corner of the house. Then Christmas arrived, and our extended family gathered around our beautiful Christmas tree. We sang carols. We told stories. We exchanged gifts. Love was the order of the day. Unfortunately, Christmas lasted longer than expected, because it's almost Valentine's Day, and our Christmas tree is still up. I'm not sure how it came to this.
December 24, 2012
By Ellen Scolnic and Joyce Eisenberg We're Jewish. Our husbands are Jewish and our kids are Jewish. We've been Jewish for thousands of years. It's not news to us that we don't celebrate Christmas. We've never had a Christmas tree. Never cooked a holiday ham. Never strung the bushes outside our homes with colored lights. But that doesn't mean we don't enjoy yours. We love the trappings of Christmas. We are in the minority - among the 3 percent of Americans who celebrated Hanukkah.
December 21, 2012 |
NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana woman ran afoul of police when she gave her neighbors an unusual holiday greeting, hanging Christmas lights in the shape of a middle finger. Sarah Childs was in a dispute with some of her neighbors in Denham Springs, just east of Baton Rouge, so she decided to send a message with her decorations. Neighbors complained and police threatened to arrest her, so she and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana sued the city. A judge ruled in her favor Thursday.
December 17, 2012 |
For David April, the improbable road from Fishtown to GQ Spain started with a run and ended with a beer. A Kenzinger, no doubt. And a toast. "To the professor!" "To the professor!" echoed the endorphined crowd Thursday night at the American Sardine Bar in Point Breeze. To the professor? Is this Gilligan's Island? A brainy fraternity? No, it is the Fishtown Beer Runners' weekly homage to the scholar - Professor Manuel J. Castillo of the School of Medicine, University of Granada, Spain - who supplied them with a rather happy, not to mention hoppy, organizing principle.