January 22, 2012 |
From my vantage point, here in Crystal River, Fla., it's hard to see how Christopher Columbus - no matter how long he had been at sea - could possibly have mistaken a manatee for a mermaid, even if he did describe them in his journal in January of 1493 as being "not half as beautiful as they are painted to be. " And my vantage point is pretty conclusive: only six inches away from the wrinkly, puffy gray face of a decidedly Rubenesque, half-ton adult,...
November 30, 2010 |
Sure, Mark Ruffalo 's command of the thespian arts is deadly. And he has an undeniable charm. But is the Shutter Island star dangerous ? So dangerous he should be shipped off to Gitmo? Ruffalo tells GQ that the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security has put him on a terror advisory list after he organized screenings of the film GasLand , a documentary about natural-gas drilling. Ruffalo is against the practice because of its possible effects on the water supply. "It's kind of raaadical," Ruffalo, 43, tells the mag about the pic. But is Ruffalo really a wanted, subversive guy, or just hard up for publicity?
October 7, 2010 |
1492. Has there been a more explosive time in Europe? It's the year when Christopher Columbus set sail. Yet it's also the year when the adventurer's royal sponsors let the Inquisition run amok in Spain. And the year when that nation, which for decades was the home of an extraordinary renaissance of Jewish and Arabic learning and art, expelled the Jews. (Not long after, the Muslims were expelled, too.) These events are woven into a beautiful tapestry in Pennsylvania author Mitchell James Kaplan's debut novel, By Fire, By Water , which has been chosen as the region's annual One Book, One Jewish Community selection.
October 10, 2008
IWALK because I am Italian-American, proud of Christopher Columbus, who discovered America. I walk because the Romans conquered half the world. Because our ancestors contributed blood, sweat, and tears, and they had dreams. On this day, we pay tribute not only to our countryman, Christopher Columbus, but to all of those who sacrificed for both countries, Italia and America. I was born in Napoli, province of Avellino, town of Montella. There I learned the meaning of gustizia, umilita, onesta (justice, humility, honesty)
August 20, 2008 |
Angelo Calafati munches a fistful of Cheerios. Directly across from him, his mother, Dana, coos and smiles. She holds up a stack of 10 large cards with pictures of exotic flowers, and like a gunner who has found her target, she rattles off complex names for several seconds. South African daisy. Feverfew. Greater stitchwort. Angelo grins. He shows off his two front teeth. He gazes intently at the purple prickly pear. He furrows his brow. At times, he looks away. Over the morning's breakfast at the carriage house in Oaks, Calafati, 32, will present more large flash cards, many handmade, that cover a variety of subjects: European flags, mammals, forest animals, composers, even historical farm tractors and military helicopters with model numbers.
October 10, 2005 |
In 1960, President John F. Kennedy said, "The American Indian is the least understood and the most misunderstood of all Americans. " He wasn't just whistling Dixie. Forty-five years have passed since he uttered that comment in a speech to a gathering of American Indian leaders in Washington, and it still has significant meaning. Note that President Kennedy said "American Indian," not "Native American. " It seems silly that so many Indians have suddenly become so conscious of using the word Indian and wrongly attribute the derivation to Christopher Columbus.
October 13, 2003 |
So, Teresa Cappuccio, what was Sunday's parade about? The 11-year-old paused. Err . . . "Columbus!" said her grandmother. "Columbus!" said her dad. Oh, yeah. Three generations of Cappuccios gathered at the very end of the parade route at Broad Street and Oregon Avenue yesterday to enjoy the 47th year of the procession. The day was windy and cool, the crowd polite and the Mummers colorful, but few recognized Columbus himself, riding in the parade in an unmarked convertible.
October 9, 2003 |
Despite what some would have us think, globalization is not a new concept. Consider this: Christopher Columbus (an Italian) was financed by Ferdinand and Isabella (Spanish monarchs) to circumvent the stranglehold Venice (an independent city-state) had on the traffic of spices from Africa, India and Asia. So on Aug. 3, 1492, Columbus set sail in search of new global trading routes and 10 weeks later bumped into the Americas. Madison Avenue would say he "opened a whole new market.
October 9, 2002 |
Emma Schachner is no longer a bushy-tailed fox nor a sword-wielding Viking, though she still lusts for a good adventure. Now, she is something more mundane - a junior at Bucknell University studying political science and eyeing veterinary school. But a decade ago, when she was 9, something magical happened in her neighborhood of Swarthmore. She wanted, desperately, a real Viking ship. And she got one. Her mother, Judith Byron Schachner, tells the story best, having spun the fantastic family events of 1992 into a new picture book titled Yo, Vikings!
April 10, 2001 |
At 916 Christian St., inside the scruffy cafeteria of the Christopher Columbus Charter School, history was made on a Tuesday in February. For the first time, mothers of students joined committees charged with aiding the 2-year-old South Philadelphia charter in just about every way: fund raising, public relations, school safety, grant writing, curriculum support, and so forth. "I volunteered for a whole year before my child enrolled here," said Sharon Thompson. "I didn't care what I did, I just did it. I wanted to get a sense of the school.