July 7, 2014 |
When our friends Iris and Howard asked whether we wanted to join them on a weeklong whitewater rafting and camping trip in the Grand Canyon in honor of her 70th birthday, my wife and I jumped at the chance. Iris is a great planner. We aren't. So we wouldn't have to do anything but show up. Still, my wife Essie had reservations about the trip. And for good reason. Camping, like planning, is not our forte. The only time we went camping was three decades ago with a group of friends.
October 25, 2013
HEATHER McMonnies-Fetter is a mother to a boy named Leif, a girl named Cymbeline and an army of pungent, sensitive children who demand her constant love and attention. "I've got two little human babies," she said, "and 2,000 mushroom babies to take care of eight days a week. " Three years ago, Heather, an art historian, and her husband, Norm, a woodworker, musician and painter, sold their house in Fishtown and hunkered down on a 5.5-acre wooded plot in Spring City, about an hour northwest of the city.
March 27, 2008 |
For an economics major, Shira Kamm is handy with a shovel or a hoe. And she's cozy behind the wheel of a truck or a tractor. But she does tire of questions about how she manages that 12-foot truck, assumptions that she must be gay, and unwanted advice from guys. Such is the lot of the female farmer. Kamm, 30, just signed on to lease land from a retired couple in Glen Mills to start her own farm: Wild Goose Garden, on four acres near Cheyney University. And that puts her among a new breed of city slickers - urbanite devotees of the Do-It-Yourself culture, committed to sustainability and ready to put their jeans to good use. They are a small but growing force.
December 11, 2003
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation might have meant well when it stuck Philadelphia drivers with about 1.5 million silly yellow stickers for three years. For that same amount of time, drivers have been complaining to PennDot that the program was wrongly labeled, since sticker does not accurately describe the little, yellow car registration paper that promptly and unfailingly unsticks itself from the back windows of vehicles, frequently fluttering away. Finally, on Tuesday, PennDot declared the program done.
October 31, 2003 |
BEYOND BORDERS. This film about a romance between aid workers has stink-o tendencies. Starring Angelina Jolie, Clive Owen, Noah Emmerich and Teri Polo. (R) C- GOOD BOY! Nice little movie about a boy (Liam Aiken) and the outer-space terrier who clues him in to secret life of dogs. (PG) B INTOLERABLE CRUELTY. Gold digger (Catherine Zeta-Jones) meets match in divorce lawyer (George Clooney). Some bright moments, but doesn't match level of talent. (R) B- KILL BILL: VOL. I. Killer (Uma Thurman)
September 28, 2003 |
Like lovers in a country song, in 1996, Lars Anderson and Lori Steinmetz were hurtin' from love when their eyes met across the dance floor and they two-stepped to the lyrics of "Waltz Across Texas. " The couple started a new life together and a new business, City Slickers/Country Kickers, a weekly country-line-dance gathering. No smoking, no drinking, no come-ons, Lori Anderson said, just a place to relax with good friends and dance. "Country dancing is basically a love, a love of the music and the dance," she said.
June 28, 2002 |
Adam Sandler as a bard of greeting cards who imparts his folksy, small-town values to those impersonal cynics in the big city? Mr. Deeds is a half-good update of Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, the 1936 Frank Capra charmer starring Gary Cooper as the New England hick who inherits millions and gets dubbed "Cinderella Man" by the tabloids. (Inflation being what it is, the $20 million pot Mr. Deeds got in 1936 has by 2002 ballooned to $40 billion.) Where in Capra's original, Mr. Deeds was diagnosed a nut because he wanted to share the wealth, here he is deemed dim-witted because he's not a flashy New Yorker like Babe Bennett (Winona Ryder in the role originated by Jean Arthur)
June 7, 2002 |
To a rational person, the photograph shows Robert Redford attending a funeral and a boorish fan who has barged into the picture for a brief brush with fame. But Jerry Schiff isn't a rational person. He's an actor. Worse, he's an out-of-work actor. In his delusional world, the photo marked the beginning of a firm and long friendship with Redford. And in his more reckless flights of fancy, he can elevate the picture into the movie he and Redford shot together. Redford and Barbra Streisand costarred in The Way We Were 30 years ago, and they are brought together once again - sort of - in Daniel Stern's comedy, Barbra's Wedding.
June 5, 2002 |
Four years ago, Daniel Stern, a seasoned actor but fledgling playwright, was sitting at his desk in his Malibu home and getting nowhere with a two-character piece. It wasn't a case of writer's block, but what was going on down the street. Unable to take the deafening noise anymore, an exasperated Stern went outside to investigate. Swarms of helicopters buzzed over the neighborhood in Apocalypse Now formations. On the ground, the roads were jammed with news trucks and television reporters babbling excited inanities into their microphones.
January 3, 2001 |
The verdict is in: "Come East, Mr. Cowboy, come East. " Gone are the days when city folks packed up their belongings and headed west in search of gold, land or adventure. The action is here, on the East Coast. Forget about the wide-open range and the smell of cattle, the pig roasts and barn dances, the horsey rides and cowboy boots, and come join us city slickers who live and die under the clouds of pollution, filth and sex. Many Americans are sick of the hanky-panky, hee-hawing and half-truths that dominated the White House.