February 13, 2014 |
Call it cliche, but Valentine's Day remains the second-most popular holiday (behind Christmas Eve) to propose marriage. Now consider the thousands of askers readying themselves for Friday with rings purchased, roses ready, knees limber. All that's left to do is pop the question in a fairy-tale scenario that will be forever cherished by the askee. Or maybe not. Despite a wedding industry that puts immense pressure on men to devise death-defying feats of romance with just the right unique proposal, there have been and always will be people who manage the most unremarkable declaration of love - and live to tell the tale.
December 24, 2013 |
AS A GOOD PORTION of the world gears up for Christmas, "the war on free speech" got a bit of a present in Russia, of all places, when the last two imprisoned members of punk band Pussy Riot walked out of prison yesterday and then criticized the amnesty measure that released them as a publicity stunt. Like a noted American duck caller, they won't back down. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were granted amnesty last week in a move largely viewed as the Kremlin's attempt to soothe criticism of Russia's human-rights record before the Sochi Games in February.
December 19, 2013 |
COWBOYS OWNER Jerry Jones may have lost his mind. How else can you explain the comments he made on Dallas' 105.3 The Fan yesterday? Jones started to answer a question about whether he pays attention to what's happening with the Redskins, who are owned by his friend Dan Snyder. Before long, he had segued into his own little "Twilight Zone" episode. "Barry Switzer, our coach, used to tell the team, 'I'm your wagon master, we're back in the covered wagon days, we're going to California,' " Jones said.
November 16, 2013 |
Andy Kaufman is alive! Oh, give us a break! There's a lot of chatter suggesting that controversial Saturday Night Live comic and Taxi star Andy Kaufman , who died of cancer in 1984 at 35, faked his death and is living incognito. Things broke weird this week when Andy's brother Michael announced at the annual Andy Kaufman Awards in New York that he found an essay among Andy's things detailing how he'd fake his death and run away with the love of his life. According to the Huffington Post, Michael claims he got a letter from his brother in 1999 in which the comic admitted he ran away so he could live with his new wife - and their daughter - in obscurity.
September 28, 2013 |
It's been so long since Earth, Wind & Fire was riding this high that vocalist and charter member Philip Bailey needs a reminder. "I really have to pinch myself," he says. The band that gave us lustrous hits like "After the Love Has Gone," "That's the Way of the World," and "Love's Holiday" comes into the Borgata Event Center for shows Friday and Saturday nights. Their new album, Now, Then & Forever , debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard Top 200 and at No. 5 on the R&B chart.
July 19, 2013 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I don't own a cellphone or have cable TV. What is the most polite way to respond to people who look at me like I've grown a second head when I tell them I can't "text" them or call them from every spot on the earth? I have a full life, am working on my college degree at night, and do own a laptop for schoolwork, e-mail, and Internet browsing. I don't think I need to be wired to the world 24/7 to be a complete person.
June 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Tuesday delivered his most forceful push for action on global warming, declaring that his administration would impose tighter pollution controls on coal- and gas-fired utilities and establish strict conditions for approval of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Obama also announced that the government would take climate change into consideration in its everyday operations. The shift could affect decisions on a range of issues, including bridge heights, flood insurance rates, and how the military gets electricity overseas.
June 16, 2013
In Beauty Bright By Gerald Stern W.W. Norton. 125 pp. $25.95 Stealing History By Gerald Stern Trinity University Press. 306 pp. $17.94 Reviewed by Frank Wilson Gerald Stern is one of those writers whose style insinuates itself into your consciousness like a catchy tune, so that you find your thoughts echoing its rhythms, bopping from one to another, back and forth, like thought and language doing a jitterbug. Here he is, in Stealing History , telling about "a ghostly experience" he once had: . . . when it happened I would have described it as a kind of dizziness, of being filled with deep pleasantness, a pleasure in which I was overcome and held onto the brick wall of a building beside me. I seem to remember I was always going slightly downhill, and it was my right hand I held against the wall - and it lasted for maybe ten, fifteen seconds - I think longer - and it was delicious, and there was absolutely no fear in it, and I walked normally and happily immediately after, and I never much thought about it and never told anyone about it. More laid back and (seemingly)
May 31, 2013 |
EVERY SCHMOOZER in Hollywood says to every other schmoozer that they should work together someday, and almost nobody means it. But a long-term, respectful industry friendship between Philadelphia natives M. Night Shyamalan and Will Smith did amount to something - their new sci-fi spectacle "After Earth," also starring Smith's son Jaden. "We just kind of knew each other lightly over the years. Will's been gracious, keeping in touch. We've met over the last four or five years in LA, we'll get a meal and talk about stuff, and he's always been super receptive to those kinds of meetings," said Shyamalan.
May 27, 2013 |
Joseph Sobanko's patients often ask him which sunscreen is best. That's especially true this time of year, when people are going outside and the sun's rays are at their brightest - and most damaging. Whether the patient is blond or dark, freckled or fair, the Penn Medicine skin-cancer specialist has the same answer: Whichever sunscreen you'll actually use. Far too few of us do, he says. About one in five Americans will develop skin cancer - the most common kind of cancer - in their lifetimes.