July 13, 2015 |
Paul McCartney keeps a piano bedside to try out musical ideas that come to him in the middle of the night. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin ( The West Wing , Sports Night ) overcomes writer's block by taking six or more showers a day. And John Kounios, a pioneer in the study of insight, rides the quiet Regional Rail car on his commute to and from his West Chester home so he can carve out a creative, idea-inducing space for himself. The Drexel University professor of psychology further isolates himself by donning noise-canceling Bose headphones (to block the rumble of the train)
March 11, 2010 |
Three young women who have grown up amid violence in the Middle East came thousands of miles to deliver a message that didn't seem foreign to 40 high school girls from Philadelphia. "Hatred is curable if you confront it," said Mai Fried, 21, who is Jewish and lives in Israel. Fried and her companions - both Palestinian - have witnessed a vicious fight for land, but through a group called Creativity for Peace have found friendship with other young women they once viewed as the enemy.
December 15, 2000 |
Christopher Lowell is not his usual exuberant self. He is cordial and chatty, but not exactly bubbling over. The Emmy-winning host of The Christopher Lowell Show, Discovery Channel's highly rated how-to-unlock-your-creativity-and-decorate-your-home program, sits tastefully dressed in black. He sips the frothy cappuccino before him and lights a cigarette. He is tired. Taking a quick drag, he says matter-of-factly, "I've signed 40,000 books in the last three weeks, and the book has gone into its third printing in four weeks.
January 14, 2005 |
When Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss caught the touchdown pass that sealed the victory against the Packers in Sunday's NFL playoff game, he pretended to "moon" the Green Bay crowd. But we in Philadelphia were not mortified or offended, as many fans and sports commentators seemed to be. Moss' reception helped the Vikings earn a trip to Philadelphia on Sunday for a divisional playoff game. A loss would mean yet another disappointment for a city that hasn't seen a professional sports championship (besides the winner of Wing Bowl)
March 29, 1987 |
How do I get prospective employers to hire me? I recently graduated with a master's degree in criminal justice. Unfortunately, the search for a decent- paying position has been an uphill battle. I previously worked for county agencies and went back to school to further my education because the pay was poor and advancement possibilities were scarce. I am in my early 20s, and, if given the opportunity, I feel I could perform in a variety of fields. I have not limited my search to the criminal justice field.
March 7, 2008 |
For some artists, touring inevitably becomes a grind. But after 13 years together, the Kennedys still find the road a source of inspiration and fascination. That's why the husband-wife pop-folk duo of Pete and Maura Kennedy have no plans to slow down. "We both come from families that have that in their blood, so we enjoy that part of it," Pete Kennedy says over the phone from a tour stop in Asheville, N.C. "The people we meet at our gigs are sort of an extended family. " Being on the road about 150 days a year certainly hasn't hurt the Kennedys' productivity or creativity.
February 10, 2015 |
Zymir has his heart set on becoming a fashion designer and developing his own brand of "Z" jeans. In fact, he already has made a sketch of them. That's quite ambitious for an 11-year-old, even one as stylish and creative as Zymir. During a recent visit to Philadelphia University's fashion design department, he watched several garments being made and learned the process start to finish. He also got some tips from designer Jay McCarroll, winner of the debut Project Runway competition in 2004.
June 1, 2008 |
It had been a record week, and the vibe at Urban Outfitters headquarters was high. Adrenaline was palpable in executive offices, in design huddles, and on down to the models in skimpy threads pouting for a Free People Web shoot. It was mid-March, and the retailer of insurgent chic had reported killer profits while other retailers watched shoppers weary of high gas prices go into hiding. You could almost hear towels snap a few days earlier as Wall Street analysts congratulated executives for putting up such good numbers.
May 10, 1987 |
Part of what used to be Thomas Alva Edison's 40-acre laboratory complex is now an A&P supermarket. Only five of the original buildings - in which creativity begat invention and invention sometimes became reality - still stand. But 100 years after Edison created his "invention factory," an inspiring spirit of enterprise still hovers over the well-preserved brick remnants of the laboratory complex, now run as an eight-acre museum by the National Park Service. And especially in this centennial year of the creation of the West Orange laboratory, a visit can still charge up the creative juices of would-be inventors and fill with awe any student of the process of invention.
March 4, 1990 |
Rick Keuler loves contests. The 16-year-old always mails in sweepstakes forms, and when he sees a contest box, he usually fills out an entry. Last year he won $50 in a church- sponsored drawing. Rick is also the creative sort. At age 11, he asked the West Deptford Committee why there weren't welcome signs at township borders. Now there are. When he ran for class treasurer in sixth grade, he handed out copies of $100 bills with his picture replacing Franklin's. He still lost.