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.
August 9, 2012 |
THEY CAME to London as gymnasts. They're leaving as rock stars. On Wednesday, Gabby Douglas, Jordan Wieber, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross — aka the Fierce Five — got a glimpse of their futures. Kellogg's gave them a sneak peak of the Corn Flakes box that will sport their images. Procter & Gamble created an ad congratulating them. And, they discussed their 40-city gymnastics tour, which visits Philly's Wells Fargo Center on Nov. 9. Life is good for the girls who combined to win five medals, including three golds.
January 13, 2012 |
Repurpose your Christmas tree. Remove some of the lower limbs and stand the tree in a large flower pot filled with soil or sand. Place it outside where you can see it. Make bird treats by shaping several tablespoons of peanut butter into a ball and rolling it in bird seed. Put the balls into mesh bags left over from avocados or other fresh produce, tie with colorful ribbon and hang on the tree. You can try suet in place of peanut butter - or use both. You can also add dried cranberries and raisins to the seed mixture.
December 25, 2011 |
BETHLEHEM, West Bank - Tens of thousands of tourists and Christian pilgrims packed the West Bank town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations Saturday, bringing warm holiday cheer to the traditional birthplace of Jesus on a raw, breezy and rainy night. With turnout at its highest in more than a decade, proud Palestinian officials said they were praying that the celebrations would bring them closer to their dream of independence. Bethlehem, like the rest of the West Bank, fell onto hard times after the Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation broke out in late 2000.
December 24, 2011
In the darkest corner of the night, Only dreams illuminate their eyes, And they see all the colors that we cannot, And theirs' is the most beautiful Christmas on the block. By Chris Gibbons Our good friends host an annual Christmas Eve gathering in our Lafayette Hill neighborhood where, with an assortment of family, friends, and neighbors, we'll sit around an outdoor fire, reminisce about Christmases past, and sing along to Christmas songs playing on a boom box. Traditional songs by Nat King Cole, Brenda Lee, and Bing Crosby are perennial favorites, as well as classic originals by Elvis, the Carpenters, and the Beach Boys, and even more recent recordings by U2, Wham, and Mariah Carey.
December 18, 2011 |
I grew up about a mile from the Doylestown Station townhouse development where a battle over the color of Christmas lights is white-hot because some residents ran afoul of a homeowners' association ban on colored lights. Forget the Occupy movement. The real economic divide in this country is over the choice of holiday lighting. And it's time for even the 1 percent to embrace their roots. Years ago, inside our house on Mercer Avenue, we always decorated the tree with big, fat, colored lights.