August 22, 2016
'Today has been a memorable day and I thank God I have been spared to see it. The day was religiously observed, all the churches were open. We had quite a jubilee in the evening. " And so began the 1863 diary of Emilie Davis, a young free black woman living in Philadelphia, as she recounted the Emancipation Proclamation. Davis' three pocket diaries - each no larger than a smartphone - span the years 1863, 1864, and 1865. Purchased by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in 1999, the diaries provide a remarkable glimpse of Philadelphia's free black community during the Civil War. "Few diaries by young women of this period survive, even fewer from African American women," said Tamara Gaskell, public historian in residence at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities.
April 21, 2016 |
Third in an occasional series documenting Dréa Baldini's transformation over the next two years. To read the first and second installments click here. Dréa Baldini assumed the first time she would wear a dress would be to a party, a swank restaurant opening, possibly as a bridesmaid, or better yet, on a date. But life didn't turn out that way. Baldini, a transwoman and owner of André Richard Salon and ARS Parlour in Midtown Village, made her inaugural dress debut at her younger brother's memorial service.
April 17, 2016 |
Princeton businesswoman Kim Pimley serves on nonprofit boards, ran for mayor a few years back, and keeps in shape by bashing a 150-pound punching bag. The type of person who runs up escalators, the 55-year-old was always overflowing with energy. Until, all of a sudden, she wasn't. She started to feel short of breath in early January, and wondered whether she had caught a bug. But she felt progressively worse, at one point unable to climb the stairs without sitting to rest halfway up. Within days she was sent to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where she received unthinkable news: A rare, aggressive disease, its cause unknown, was attacking her heart.
April 6, 2016 |
A LARGE group of people who create books for children and teenagers are hoping to send a message to adults in North Carolina. Nearly 270 authors and illustrators have signed a letter calling on the state to repeal a new law preventing specific anti-discrimination rules for LGBT people for public accommodations and restroom use. The letter, which was posted on the School Library Journal website, said the 269 signees are "disappointed and angered by...
March 30, 2016 |
When Henry Mayer, chief archivist at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, first called the FBI about Alfred Rosenberg's missing diary, Robert K. Wittman, head of the art-crime team in Philadelphia, had only the broadest sense of whom Mayer was talking about. "I'd heard of [Rosenberg], and I had an idea that he was a high-ranking Nazi," Wittman recalled the other day. Mayer wanted the diary - badly. "I knew it had a lot of information," Wittman said. "Nowhere is it written down, anywhere, that Hitler ordered the killing of the Jews.
March 25, 2016 |
During a meeting with reporters in Boca Raton, Fla., on Tuesday, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie was asked what made him think that Howie Roseman deserved to be back in charge of the franchise's player-personnel department after Lurie had fired Chip Kelly in December. "The whole plan was for Howie to really spend the time studying state-of-the-art decision-making around the globe in sports," Lurie said. "We really opened it up, from English Premier League, NHL, NBA, MLB - try to find who the best general managers or 'head of basketball operations' were.
January 30, 2016 |
On the day we knew our house was sold, my husband and I held a summit. The two mission statements that emerged: 1. We'd better get our act together. 2. I would keep a log of our experience, because when things get really tough, I write. Thirteen years later, those notes have emerged from the innards of an old computer. And the tale of our departure, from a big old house with seven bedrooms, to a sleek condominium with three, is the stuff of sitcoms. We had precisely four weeks to pack it up after a 28-year stay.
January 28, 2016 |
Second in an occasional series documenting Dréa Baldini's transformation over the next two years. Read part one here. Imagine squeezing the hormone-fueled mood swings of puberty into just a few months while trying to settle on a personal style and run one of the city's top beauty salons. That's been the trans life of Dréa Baldini, the face and owner of André Richard and ARS Parlour in Midtown Village. "It was challenging at first because, you know, hormones can make you moody and put you on edge," Baldini said.
January 17, 2016
Homage to Eleanor Sokoloff. It's not often that eight busy pianists gather to honor their teacher. But eight is a significant number for Eleanor Sokoloff: one student for each decade she has taught at the Curtis Institute of Music. All gather at 3:30 p.m. Sunday for a tribute concert at the Barnes Foundation on the Parkway. Playing a special Bösendorfer (the piano maker's 50,000th instrument), Sokoloff students Nina Hu, Bolai Cao, Zitong Wang, Daniel Hsu, Hugh Sung, Jenny Chen, Min Kwon, and Susan Starr will perform Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, and others.
November 19, 2015 |
First in an occasional series documenting André Baldini's transformation over the next two years. The moment André Baldini swiveled around in the chair, faced the mirror, and witnessed the mousy brown hair land coquettishly over one eye, it seemed the time was right to - finally - face the world as a woman. It's not that Baldini, who has since decided to use the pronoun she , is completely satisfied with the look that's been cultivated since deciding to transition three months ago. Her face is still mannish.