April 17, 2015 |
IT'S POPULAR to say that age is just a number. I never understood that statement. Aside from being self-evident, the implication that age is irrelevant makes absolutely no sense. Age is a number that means a lot of things, including how much you have accomplished, experienced and, perhaps most importantly, the mistakes you've avoided making during a lifetime. But when we say "age is just a number," it's as if we're trying to minimize the negative perception of being "older. " I put that word in quotation marks because its connotation has evolved over recent decades.
February 6, 2009
Handsome hedonists go yachting on the Mediterranean - armed with DV cam, party drugs, champagne and galley knives - in the two-thirds thrilling, one-third exasperating Donkey Punch . A photogenic first film from U.K. music video director Olly Blackburn, Donkey Punch opens on the Spanish resort of Mallorca, where a trio of English girls go clubbing, meet three British lads, and are invited back to the fancy boat that they crew....
April 9, 2007 |
"I don't smoke, I don't drink, I don't do drugs," declares one diehard gamer in Seth Gordon's winning documentary, The King of Kong . "I play videogames, which is a far superior addiction. " A deep, dark look into gaming culture - pasty-faced guys with astounding hand-eye coordination and an obsession for "retro games" like Pac-Man - Gordon's film focuses on the rivalry between the long-reigning Donkey Kong champion and a nice-guy schoolteacher challenger. In one corner: a long-haired chicken-wings, hot-sauce magnate named Billy Mitchell, who has held the highest Donkey Kong score known to humankind (and nerdkind, too)
February 23, 1988 |
A handful of animal-rights activists huddled in the cold outside the Pennsauken High School gym last night to protest what they said was the exploitation of animals at a donkey basketball game to raise money for the town's veterans memorial. "There are two sides to donkey basketball. It's not all fun and games," Tina Sowicz, director of Trans-Species Unlimited of Philadelphia, told spectators as they streamed into the building. But most appeared to be less interested in the condition of the animals than in the game itself, a contest between town and school district employees.
April 1, 2012 |
With pastures withered from a lingering drought, farmers in Texas and northwest Louisiana have abandoned donkeys by the hundreds, turning them into wandering refugees that have severely tested animal rescue groups. The nation's biggest donkey rescue group says that since March 2011, it has taken in nearly 800 donkeys abandoned in Texas, where ranchers mainly used the animals to guard their herds. Many of the cattle and goats have been sold off, largely because of the drought and the nation's economic slump, putting the donkeys out of a job. And although the drought that began in late 2010 is over now, the flood of donkeys continues, said Mark Meyers, executive director of Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue.
January 14, 1988 |
Sue Schmitt of Horsham was upset when she learned the details of the Hatboro-Horsham High School fund-raising event. Teams of students and teachers riding donkeys in a gymnasium while playing a basketball game sounded cruel, Schmitt said, but no one else seemed to care, and the game went on as scheduled last year. "I heard about the games last year about this time," said Schmitt, a former Hatboro-Horsham High School substitute teacher. "The posters were up in the high school for the games, but it was too late to do anything.
January 28, 1988 |
The donkey basketball game at Hatboro-Horsham High School Saturday night raised more than money for the Hatboro-Horsham Athletic Boosters Association. It also raised the ire of animal-rights activists who picketed the game. Nineteen protesters - men, women, teenagers and a dog named Cinder - braved the cold in a peaceful 1 1/2-hour demonstration outside the school's gymnasium. While school officials looked on, television cameras rolled, people attending the fund-raiser passed by and the protesters walked in a circle, carrying signs that read, "Please respect animals" and "Donkey basketball means cruelty to animals.
February 22, 2009 |
My boyfriend, Thomas, and I were vacillating on whether to stay an extra day at Jele's sobe, or guesthouse, in Dubrovnik, but it turned out to be the most magical day of our two weeks floating along the Dalmatian coast. I struck up a conversation with a young girl, a native of Croatia, who raved about her day-long adventure over the rocky coastline and valleys of Croatia's wine region, the Peljesac peninsula. Croatia has a thriving wine region, and you can drive there for the day - who knew?
April 24, 2000 |
The politicizing of the giraffe started at Christmas. That is when Betty Pihs innocently bought her daughter-in-law Cindy Rau-Hatton, a Township Council member, a giraffe pin. When she saw the gold-trimmed lapel pin with rhinestones at Kohl's department store, Pihs said, she thought it would make a cute accessory to the suits that Rau-Hatton wears to council meetings. Little did Pihs know that she would be inspiring a political icon for her daughter-in-law's reelection bid as an independent.