February 24, 2013
Beth Kephart is the author of 14 books, and "Handling the Truth," a book about the making of memoir, is due out in August I take the Blue Route south and I-95 north. The day is gray and bitter, the lanes too aggressively pocked. Beyond me the Delaware River crawls, heavy with the exhaust of bedlam truckers and implacable with its reminisce of pirates, oil tanks, and whale bones. At the Allegheny/Castor Avenues exit I veer right, then left toward the heart of Port Richmond. This was collier country once - home to coal traders, but also shipbuilders, cargo holders, and dockhands.
January 2, 2013 |
Manic depression is touching my soul. - Jimi Hendrix It is a peculiarity of the modern American temperament that spiritual and mental health, no less than shoe styles or skirt lengths, are subject to fashions and fads. So it seems with bipolar mood disorder, which lately appears to pervade popular culture. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Demi Lovato, and Russell Brand have spoken out about their struggle with the illness. Michael Angelakos, lead singer of indie rockers Passion Pit, stunned the music press last summer when he came out as bipolar, while Sinead O'Connor canceled her tour last spring, citing the illness.
December 21, 2012
IT SHOULD TAKE Vice President Joe Biden about three minutes to round up a list of ideas to present the president for proposals to reduce gun violence. Many ideas - like banning assault weapons and restricting high-capacity gun magazines - have been around for years. Biden would also do well to consult the list of federal legislation being pushed by Mayors Against Illegal Guns. These include a fix to the gun-checks act that would update the database of people barred from owning handguns, and close the loophole that allows people to buy guns at gun shows without background checks.
December 5, 2012
AS OUR neighbors in Paulsboro, N.J., are stuck in their homes following a train derailment that has spilled a toxic chemical into the air, we're doubly relieved that the adults in Harrisburg are finally trying to find a way to rescue the Motor License Fund, which pays for all highway and bridge repairs in Pennsylvania. The Paulsboro train derailed last week crossing a failed bridge. A commission appointed by Gov. Rendell said Pennsylvania was falling behind to the tune of $3.5 billion a year in making repairs to the 40,000 miles of state roads and the 26,000 state-owned bridges.
October 29, 2012 |
Brea, who just celebrated her 18th birthday, is considering enlisting in the Army or becoming a mechanic when she graduates from high school. In the meantime, she keeps busy with a variety of activities. A smart, shy and creative young lady, she enjoys video games, swimming, and playing basketball, volleyball, and flag football. Although she loves to cook and try new foods, her favorite is Caribbean cuisine. Brea also is interested in fashion, dance, music, and dogs. Math and chemistry are her favorite subjects in school.
October 20, 2012 |
Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles has no qualms about borrowing from the past. Over the course of three albums, his band, originally from Glen Rock, N.J., has combined punk-rock brio with historical, literary, and philosophical allusions. On 2010's The Monitor , Titus Andronicus conflated Civil War references and Abraham Lincoln quotations with the saga of a modern-day young adult in the middle of an existential crisis. On "In a Big City" from the album Local Business , which comes out Monday, a day before the band plays the First Unitarian Church, Stickles drops a line from Hamlet's "to be or not to be" soliloquy into a song that blatantly alludes to the '80s hit "In a Big Country.
October 16, 2012 |
Laquan, 13, has a charming smile that draws people to him. He communicates his feelings well, and easily expresses his wants and needs. Laquan enjoys talking with adults and delights in receiving attention from them. He is a good listener. Very creative, Laquan delights in drawing scenes and characters that appear in the monster and alien books he loves to read. He is also very athletic and plays a variety of sports, including basketball and football. He especially enjoys watching football games on television.
October 14, 2012
Elizabeth Mosier is the author of "The Playgroup" and "My Life as a Girl"; she teaches creative writing at Bryn Mawr College and in the Young Writers Day program Working in admissions at Bryn Mawr College for a decade doesn't exempt me from anxiety as my firstborn applies to colleges. It does give me some perspective on the process - and makes me unusually popular with my Radnor neighbors who also have children in the Class of 2013. At Martin's Dam Swim Club, over snacks at the Gryphon coffee house, and at a dinner party with my old playgroup friends, parents ask me: SAT or ACT?
October 3, 2012 |
The pictures propped against the mirrors at BLue Hair Studio Friday were not what you'd expect to see in a salon. No severe-cheekboned models; no pages torn from gossip magazines touting the actress with the latest trendy look. Instead, these were paintings and photographs more appropriate to a gallery exhibition: a metallic-orange flower in a gold frame; a translucent photograph of an ethereal figure; a bull in profile against a bold orange background; a pair of watercolor eyes staring out from a night-dark landscape, framed by deep purple sky and water.
September 1, 2012 |
In a kids' entertainment world of expensive game systems and disposable plastic toys, there is an alternative: Make something. Play with it. The do-it-yourself trend, which embraces projects in engineering and crafts, dovetails nicely with the perennially popular, mainly girl-driven activity of decorating. Making or redecorating an actual dollhouse in the real, not virtual, world isn't as easy as clicking on colors and furniture; it takes time, creativity, and patience. The reward?