October 1, 2015
WILL POPE FRANCIS' urging that we all commit to helping the poor make a difference? I hope the pope's advocacy of the poor not only changes minds but also inspires people to become involved in helping the less fortunate. "Each son or daughter of a given country has a mission, a personal and social responsibility," the pope said during his address to a joint session of Congress. And don't just give your money. Give your time and talents. My husband, who stretches out his workday so that he can have a day off every other week, has decided to spend many of those days accompanying me to a prison in Maryland where we teach financial literacy to inmates.
September 12, 2015 |
Queen of Earth is not an easy movie to watch. Then again, easy to watch is certainly not Radnor-born-and-raised director Alex Ross Perry's modus operandi. In his short yet prolific career, Perry has made a point of serving up movies that don't go down easy. And we're the better for it. It has been a terrible year for Catherine (Elisabeth Moss, who seems to be somewhat of a muse for Perry, after also starring in 2014's Listen Up Philip - although her part here is considerably better)
September 1, 2015 |
Lunch time is less busy at Little Anthony's Pizza in Coatesville this month than it was in June. "Thirty percent of the lunch crowd lost," owner Mark Madanat said. Many of those lost customers worked at nearby Sikorsky Global Helicopter, which this summer began shedding 720 employees over 12 months from its Coatesville plant. Two doors down from the pizza parlor on Lincoln Highway, John Keesey has seen business for his shop, Keesey's Airport Automotive, dry up, too. "We used to get four cars a day from Sikorsky," he said.
August 8, 2015 |
EMMAUS, Pa. - It's crunch time at Rodale's Organic Life - and not the kind that involves granola or carrot sticks. The third issue of this new, bimonthly lifestyle magazine that taps into the growing popularity of all things organic is going to print. A dozen staffers have gathered to go over the final to-dos. But the editorial meeting doesn't get past item No. 2 - the table of contents - before editor-in-chief, author, and foodie James Oseland interjects. "I think we can give it a little more TLC. " His compact torso strains over the conference table as though he's in the last meter of a sprint, hands slicing the air. "I think we can make some of the language more robust, clearer, inviting.
July 11, 2015 |
New German Cinema pioneer Wim Wenders, who established himself in the 1970s and 1980s with a series of classic dramas such as The American Friend , The State of Things , and Paris, Texas , also has become one of Europe's premiere documentary filmmakers, with fascinating, no-nonsense pictures that profile other artists, including fashion designers ( Notebook on Cities and Clothes ), musicians ( Buena Vista Social Club ), and other filmmakers ( Lightning Over Water , Tokyo-Ga )
June 17, 2015 |
Though not inclined to look back, the Crossing choir and its founder/director, Donald Nally, have roughly 10 years of mutual history, which explains why Sunday's opening of the annual Month of Moderns festival at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill was often retrospective, if never tame. Some Crossing followers might have been shocked that two pieces dated to the 1990s, the more substantial being David Shapiro's A Century of Aprils , a Mass setting of sorts, that was written for one of Nally's previous choirs, the Bridge Ensemble.
May 8, 2015
"ORPHAN" is a very empty word, starting with the initial "O" that reminds me of a big, alphabetic hole. It conjures up images of loss, of being rootless, of unwanted and untenable liberty. When I think of "orphan," I think of something flying around in the great human universe, searching for its home. Today, I'm an orphan. That sounds silly, given the fact that I've been able to vote for more than 35 years, which means I'm a very big girl. I pay taxes, own (33 1/3 percent of) a house, take the El by myself and even know how to defrost things.
April 25, 2015 |
Naturepalooza! Family Earth Day Festival at Schuylkill Center The Schuylkill Center offers up some Earth Day fun, with live music and animal shows, sustainable technology demos, crafts, and more. Guests can go on walks and also be a citizen scientist for the day. The event is part of the Philadelphia Science Festival's Discovery Day. Naturepalooza! Family Earth Day Festival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagys Mill Rd. Center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
April 23, 2015 |
CANDY WRAPPERS, pregnancy tests, Halloween decorations and more beer cans than you can imagine - Bradley Maule has collected it all over the course of a year during his weekly hikes through Wissahickon Valley Park. And now, he's ready to display his findings. All 3,768 of them. Maule's "One Man's Trash" project launched in January 2014 in hopes of bringing attention to litter in Wissahickon Valley Park. The PhillySkyline.com founder and Hidden City co-editor started the project because he was appalled by the amount of trash he saw in the Northwest Philly arm of Fairmount Park along Wissahickon Creek.
April 22, 2015 |
ON EARTH DAY, there are those who get into celebrating the planet and tweaking our lifestyle for the common good, and there are those who don't. Those who don't sometimes make good points about home recycling bins as mere spit in the ocean of vast industrial pollution, and other times indulge in stubborn ear-plugging accompanied by magical and/or wishful thinking. To all of us who recognize a scientifically credible threat, the head-in-sand position can be frustrating, and we might roll our eyes at its ridiculousness.