December 18, 2015
FOLLOWING publication of my Tuesday column, it was learned that Samuel Foster, the man without a country, will be reunited with his son and family in England. At the request of Mayor Nutter, a "major airline" donated a ticket, said Marie Nahikian, city director of supportive housing. The airline requested anonymity, and a very happy Foster will depart on Saturday. Foster, 84, who was born in Jamaica, had traveled to England in 1959 on a British passport. Sometime later, after Jamaica obtained independence, and Foster had arrived in the United States, that passport was no longer valid, and he fell between the cracks of the bureaucracy.
May 4, 2014 |
Lynda O'Gwynn and Tom Purdy abandoned city life in 2001 in favor of more bucolic environs. Which they found by staying within the city limits (although just barely) in Upper Roxborough. "I can't believe this is still Philadelphia," is the comment that first-time visitors to the couple's home typically make. Their cottage perches on a hill in a northwest section of the Shawmont neighborhood. "Before the leaves come out and the trees are still bare, you can see for miles," O'Gwynn says.
April 19, 2014 |
Alice Belew Lonsdorf, 89, of Gladwyne, a former assistant dean for alumni affairs at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a tireless civic leader, died Thursday, April 10, of pulmonary fibrosis at her home in Waverly Heights. "She was entertaining visitors and going to meetings until a week ago," said her son, George. "She was fierce about maintaining her activities until she couldn't. " A Fort Worth, Texas, native, Mrs. Lonsdorf graduated at age 19 from the University of Texas with a bachelor's degree in fine arts.
June 2, 2013
The Burning Air By Erin Kelly Pamela Dorman Books. 321 pp. $26.95 Reviewed by Katie Haegele The Poison Tree and The Dark Rose , Erin Kelly's first two novels, were engrossing thrillers with wonderful plot twists and loose ends that didn't get tied up until the very last page. Set partially in the '90s, both novels are romantic and gothic, with crumbling London mansions and pouty heroines who go around smoking clove cigarettes and studying medieval tapestry.
October 5, 2012
Wendy Weil, 72, a literary agent known for her low-key but determined style and for an eclectic clientele of groundbreaking and best-selling authors, died Sept. 22 of a heart attack at her country home in Cornwall, Conn. A New York native and graduate of Wellesley College, Ms. Weil had Alice Walker, Rita Mae Brown, Fannie Flagg, and Mark Helprin among her clients. She was in publishing for 50 years. She started in the training program at Doubleday, then moved on to become an agent, eventually founding Wendy Weil Agency Inc. in 1986.
January 20, 2012 |
Eavesdrop in a garden, and what do you hear? Not a lot of narrative. Mostly exclamations over the beauty of something and curiosity about what it is, in and around the absorbing silence. So it is that Paul W. Meyer has "written" a new book about the Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill with no text, just photographs, most taken over the last eight years. Its title is a straightforward Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania Through the Lens of Paul W. Meyer. "It's meant to be a walk through the garden," explains Meyer, 59, a self-taught shutterbug who has worked at Morris for almost 36 years, the last 21 as director.
November 3, 2008 |
AFTER WALKING through neighborhoods in Scranton, Easton and Norristown talking with many Pennsylvanians, I headed home to New York feeling convinced we're one country. I spent four weekends knocking on doors in Pennsylvania as a volunteer for the Barack Obama campaign, and here's what I found: We are more alike than different. Make no mistake, the people I talked to weren't unanimously for Obama, but they were all Americans. The needs and worries of retired steel workers and hunters, of soccer moms and executives, nurses and lawyers, retired teachers and Vietnam vets, were the same as mine.
July 14, 2006 |
Sometimes, change happens by chance. For Brian Foster and Ernie Sesskin, it all started with a friend's impromptu conversation at a party five years ago. Long story short, they heard about a small place with some land for sale and ended up buying it to be their country house. Truth be told, this "country house" is in the upper Roxborough section of Philadelphia, and it's a humble bungalow, just 1,400 square feet, built in 1927. But the "country" part of the deal is something else: three wooded acres with million-dollar views stretching all the way to Gladwyne in summer and to the Schuylkill in winter.
June 17, 2005 |
A few months ago, my husband and I started looking for a house to buy. We're thinking big, old, gracious, with a garden to putter in and the kind of peaceful setting our longtime city existence has made us yearn for. This will be the place our small daughter will grow up in, and where we hope we'll grow old together. In short, we're searching for the house of our dreams. And now that I've read Dennis Wedlick's inspiring and information-packed new book, Good House Hunting: 20 Steps to Your Dream Home (Harper Design, $24.95)
September 22, 2004 |
One significant barrier stood in the path of Philadelphia's westward expansion: a river with an odd name. So imagine the fanfare in January 1805, when the first permanent bridge across the Schuylkill opened to the public. Not only was the 550-foot-long covered bridge at High Street (now Market) one of the great structures of its kind in the country, but it gave Philadelphians safe, dependable passage to the lush expanse on the river's other side, where the smoke of Indian wigwams had once curled above forest trees and wealthy Philadelphians had built summer retreats accessible by ferry.