November 18, 2015 |
I can still remember the day my daughter, Eve, promised to take me to Paris. I was sitting at the kitchen counter, and she was telling me of her dreams. It's something she's always done because, from the time she could talk, Eve has been a dreamer, and I have been her kindred spirit. Eve's dreams are painstakingly specific: a pink Infiniti convertible; male and female shih tzus; shopping sprees funded by her job as a lawyer; a corner office with a view. However, this dream of Paris is different from the rest.
November 25, 2013 |
No place can outshine Paris at Christmas. With its illuminated monuments, buildings, and bridges, the City of Light lives up to its billing all year. During December, however, its visual splendors exceed all superlatives. The kaleidoscope of shifting views down grand avenues and boulevards dazzles and astonishes. Darkness comes early, but there is an enchanted hour just after sunset, when the hastening dusk triggers the streetlights and rich color fills the sky. The French call it l'heure bleue , the blue hour, "when the sky has lost its sun but has not yet found its stars.
June 24, 2013 |
OK, SO MATT Kozemchak was experiencing at least a partial version of Down-in-the-Dumps Syndrome by early Saturday afternoon. For a very cool reason, however, he didn't even edge close to full-blown. Though it would have been great to stride to the plate at Citizens Bank Park and, who knows, maybe lace one into the gap, it's not as if the rest of Kozemchak's baseball summer will be unappealing. For reasons no one has yet explained to him, the 5-11, 180-pound Kozemchak, a recent graduate of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, has been chosen to play for a squad that soon will make a mighty-far journey.
June 21, 2013 |
Want to know everything there is to know about the resident teenager? Walk into her room. "Three minutes of observation in my bedroom will tell you more about me than three hours of conversation," Valerie Lenzi, 18, a senior at Owen J. Roberts High School, wrote in her Common App college essay. "Walk through the heavy, metal kitchen door, up the mauve-carpeted staircase . . . and stop directly in front of the last door on the left. You have reached my tangible soul: my bedroom. " Covered in posters and art prints, Lenzi's room showcases her musical tastes (The Kooks, Jonas Brothers - a nod to her younger days, she allows)
July 1, 2012 |
By Christopher Lawler FOR THE INQUIRER When I announced to friends that I had booked a trip to Paris last summer, many responded with those old Francophobe prejudices: "Parisians are rude" or "The French don't like Americans. " I honestly don't get it. I never encountered a single impolite Parisian in the nine days I spent there. On the contrary, the locals were delightful and went out of their way to accommodate a couple of English-speaking tourists who made respectful (if laughable)
December 23, 2011
AS OLD MAN WINTER arrives, he brings two kinds of "annual letters" tucked inside Christmas (or, to be P.C., holiday) cards. The first kind is filled with bad news. The second is good news, which can be worse if it fills you with envy. The bad-news letter reveals someone is suffering with a disease, or lost a loved one, a job, a pet, or is living in the shade of betrayal by a loved one. That evokes pity, but maybe also relief that the evil tide has engulfed someone other than you. In the season of joy, the bad-news letter chills you like a penguin's backside.
August 6, 2011
Happy birthday, Lucille Ball: Looking good at 100 From Carrie Rickey's "Flickgrrl" http://www.philly.com/flickgrrl Lucille Ball, the long-stemmed looker born Aug. 6, 1911, came to Hollywood when she was 22. For two decades, mostly at RKO Pictures, she was cast as dime-a-dance dames, b-girls, and burlesque queens, ever the wisecracker, never the star. But she had the last laugh. In the early 1950s, the studios lived in dread of television, refusing to sell their old films for broadcast or permit their stars to appear on the small screen.
March 10, 2011 |
The cancan music and French torch songs didn't quite drown out the chants of protest at the Philadelphia International Flower Show on Wednesday. Nine protesters from a group calling itself the Earth Quaker Action Team held hands and formed a human chain in front of the PNC Bank exhibit to protest what they called the bank's "environmental crimes" in Appalachia. The group contends that PNC invests in mountain removal, a method of coal extraction that has "destroyed over 500 mountains and buried 1,200 miles of rivers in toxic waste.
January 17, 2011 |
For most of us, it's a little early to be thinking spring. Not Richard Cousins. He's a welder, and last week, in a scenery-building shop in Sharon Hill, he began assembling pieces of steel latticework to create an Eiffel Tower for the 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show, which runs from March 6 to 13 at the Convention Center. "Springtime in Paris" is the theme of the show, a Philadelphia tradition since 1829. For thousands of visitors and generations of families, it's an annual ritual that foreshadows warmer weather and lifts the collective mood.
December 18, 2009 |
Joseph W. Carroll Jr., 87, a retired manufacturing company vice president, died Sunday of a heart attack at Barclay Friends, a retirement community in West Chester. Mr. Carroll graduated from St. Joseph's Preparatory School and earned a bachelor's degree from La Salle College in 1949. In 1953, he joined Kim Manufacturing Co., which was operated by a college classmate, Thomas J. Kiely Jr. For the next 45 years, Mr. Carroll held management positions with the Downingtown metal fabrication and engineering company.