July 16, 2015 |
"Character and common sense. " Those are the words Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput used to praise Waldron Mercy Academy's firing of a lesbian teacher for being married to her partner. Nothing controversial about it, Chaput said in a statement Monday. Nothing at all. Indeed, the archbishop is "very grateful" that the Sisters of Mercy canned Margie Winters, the Merion school's director of religious education, last month after a few parents complained about her marriage.
April 20, 2015 |
WHEN MY KID was little, my gut told me when she was ready for more independence. I have visceral memories of the first time my husband and I let her walk by herself to the corner store. To her surrogate grandma Lorraine's house, two streets away. To her karate class across town - via SEPTA, alone. Each time she returned, unharmed and exhilarated, I felt pride and dread; I knew the next sortie would take her even farther from our protection. But we tried not to hold her back when it was obvious she was ready for more autonomy.
April 9, 2015
SPRING is here, and with it the traditional scramble to get in better shape is also here. Morning, noon and night the gyms are packed with people working out at a frenzied fever pitch. Along with the spring shape-up hysteria, many people are hopping aboard the latest quick-fix fitness fads and or high-intensity workouts. While I'm the first one to encourage anyone to begin a regular exercise program, I do think that newbies should proceed with caution. It is simply foolish for inexperienced exercisers to jump into high-intensity routines, or worse, buy into fads.
March 19, 2014 |
NOW THAT the NFL has reached a settlement due to head injuries, perhaps the league should have its own head examined. According to the Hollywood Reporter , the NFL has been pursuing Sri Lankan rapper M.I.A. in arbitration following her flipping the bird during her performance with Madonna during the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show. M.I.A. wasn't paid for her halftime show, the NFL custom, but the league still has spent two years seeking $1.5 million from her for allegedly breaching her performance contract and tarnishing the NFL's reputation.
August 7, 2013
A TELEVISION reporter who was fired for some things she posted on her personal blog could have used advice from Robert L. Deitz. So could a law-school graduate who sent an email to prospective employers to which he attached a picture of himself wearing a T-shirt showing off his beefy biceps. He thought the photo would help him get a job. It hasn't yet. It did however generate a lot of conversation on whether his strategy was crazy or clever. "Beware of everything you do on the Internet," Deitz writes in a self-published book, Congratulations - You Just Got Hired: Don't Screw It Up , which is this month's Color of Money Book Club selection.
March 22, 2013
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Let your natural state overtake you. If your body feels relaxed and comfortable and free, there's nothing more you need to do for physical health now. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You may feel the warmth of love inside you, though that is useless to the object of your affection unless you also express the feeling with your actions. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Today brings lessons about enjoying the ordinary. Errands are a chance to connect with the people in your neighborhood.
March 15, 2013 |
THE NHL MAP is finally in order with Detroit and Columbus heading east, and Winnipeg moving west. "We're thrilled, absolutely thrilled," Blue Jackets executive John Davidson said on a conference call Thursday, shortly after the realignment plan was approved in a vote by the league's board of governors. "We tend to use the [term] common sense around here. This seems to make a lot of common sense. " The new format goes into effect next season, and will feature two eight-team divisions in the Eastern Conference, including the Red Wings and Blue Jackets.
February 22, 2013
DEAR ABBY: I'm a 43-year-old single mom with three young boys. I am also a veteran and getting ready to go back to school. I have been dating a gentleman for two months now, and we get along great. He's three years older than I am and good with my kids and family. I like him a lot, and we seem to have a LOT in common - more than most. I really want him to kiss me, but I don't want to seem pushy. He's a real gentleman. We have gone from hugs to holding hands while sitting on the couch watching television.
February 14, 2013 |
SCHOOL DISTRICT Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said Tuesday that he plans to release revisions to the district's controversial school-closure proposal "sometime next week" before the Feb. 21 School Reform Commission meeting. Hite said the changes are in response to his contact with the public. "We have heard about quality programs, travel time and supporting students with special needs," Hite said during a hearing with City Council's Education Committee. "We have listened and are continuing to listen.
February 10, 2013 |
For 70 spellbinding minutes Thursday night at the Annenberg Center, the English dance troupe Motionhouse defied gravity - and common sense - in a multimedia spectacle that was joyous, tender, frenetic, disturbing, funny, and absolutely thrilling. Much-traveled Motionhouse is on its first U.S. tour, celebrating its 25th anniversary with Scattered , created by artistic director and cofounder Kevin Finnan. This series of loosely interrelated scenes focuses on the theme of water and its various states: ice, snow, rain, steam.