July 11, 2016 |
After nearly a quarter century as a Burlington County elementary schoolteacher, Patricia "Patt" Osborne was intent on reinventing herself. So in 2002 she blended her fledgling career as a life coach with her lifelong love of the outdoors to launch Boomer Chick Adventures. "I know what being outdoors does for me," Osborne, 63, says. "I hope to help people experience a similar feeling. I don't teach; I just facilitate. The transformation comes from Mother Nature. " A Haddon Township grandmother of four, Osborne annually organizes more than a dozen hiking, kayaking, and other recreational activities in the Pinelands and elsewhere for small groups of women, most of whom are over 50. During a typical year about 125 people, many of them regulars and a handful of male spouses, participate; most activities involve day trips, although the schedule ( www.boomerchickadventures.com )
July 10, 2016 |
2016 Ford Explorer Platinum EcoBoost 4WD vs. 2016 Dodge Durango Citadel AWD: Midsize SUVs mano a mano . This week: Ford Explorer. Price: Starts at $31,050, though the Platinum starts at $52,970. $55,155 as tested. Only options of note on the test vehicle included second-row bucket seats and console. Marketer's pitch: "Life is a sport. We are the utility. Be unstoppable. " Conventional wisdom: When I tested the 2011 model, I wrote: "A tough companion if you're exploring the land of old, narrow streets and country lanes...
June 3, 2016 |
Sometimes all it takes is a look. Quality defense helps, too. La Salle High had it all working Wednesday in a boys' lacrosse thriller against Bishop Shanahan. The PIAA first-round playoff game at Plymouth Whitemarsh needed extra time to decide a winner. Fortunately for the Catholic League champion Explorers, Brett Baskin netted the game-winner with 2 minutes, 29 seconds left in overtime to give La Salle an 8-7 victory. The goal was set up by a defensive deflection by senior long-pole Matt Webster, which allowed fellow senior Jared Walls to scoop the loose ball, find Baskin, and head for glory.
May 27, 2016 |
In one of Theodore Harris' collages, now on view at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, bursts of red bleed over a printed ballot form, stickers and images layer the surface: U.S. Out of Iraq Now, Does Praying Do Any Good?, Stop Executions, the Death Penalty Is a Hate Crime. At the center of this jittery, violent triptych, beneath a plume of exploding, cascading black, is an image of Malcolm X. Harris' piece is called The Ballot or the Bullet , a very direct reference to Malcolm X's famous 1964 speech: "It's time now for you and me to become more politically mature and realize what the ballot is for; what we're supposed to get when we cast a ballot; and that if we don't cast a ballot, it's going to end up in a situation where we're going to have to cast a bullet.
May 22, 2016
LaRose By Louise Erdrich Harper. 384 pp. $27.99 Reviewed by Michael Broida Out hunting along the blurred line of reservation land in rural North Dakota, Landreaux takes aim at a buck. By the time he realizes his mistake, it is too late: He has mistakenly killed Dusty, his neighbor's son. Landreaux and his wife, Emmaline, take an old form of justice to their neighbors, Peter and Nola, who is Emmaline's half-sister: "Our son will be your son now. " It is the giving of this boy, LaRose, that forms the solemn linchpin of Louise Erdrich's new novel, LaRose . The tragedy that connects these two families is at once singular and deeply historical, as Erdrich weaves in the history of a land and an Ojibwe people at once divided by tragedy yet unified in their love and adoration for the boy LaRose.
May 19, 2016 |
When Quentin Morris enters a room, he appears unassuming, yet there is power behind his demeanor. He's impeccably dressed at all times, and his clothes neatly skim his tall, angular frame. The 71-year-old artist's sense of order permeates his quotidian rituals, his environment, and his approach to making art. Known for creating black paintings and works on paper, Morris continues the dialogue pertaining to the color from Malevich to Ad Reinhart to Frank Stella, and includes a cross-cultural analysis.
May 16, 2016 |
Matthew Webster comes from exceptional lacrosse stock, but the La Salle High senior defenseman hasn't always believed in his own abilities on the field. Saturday afternoon against visiting Radnor, however, Webster's defensive prowess helped limit one of the nation's top talents and secure a 6-1 victory for the Explorers. The defending PIAA champion Red Raiders were led by senior Jack Wilson, a University of Maryland recruit, who netted the game-winning goal in overtime last season to give Radnor its first state title.
May 5, 2016 |
The 11th Hour Theatre Company is brave to present Michael John LaChiusa's complicated musical See What I Wanna See . Based on short stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, translated from the Japanese by Takashi Kojima, the musical is grim, stylized, and highly theatrical. How three very disparate stories all fit together is a challenge to the audience. The title is, I think, the clue. The phrase "the Rashomon effect" refers to Akira Kurasawa's famous film (largely based on Akutagawa's stories)
May 2, 2016 |
CYCLISTS HAVE been able to ride on old rail lines since the rails-to-trails movement took hold in the '70s and '80s. Now there's an opportunity to bike the rails themselves with Rail Explorers, an upstate New York outfit running an eight-week pilot program on the Wilmington & Western Railroad line along Red Clay Creek in Delaware. Rail Explorers uses rail-bikes, which resemble pedal cars. Loaded with pedalers, the quad-seat bikes can weigh as much as a small car, so they feature a robust hydraulic disc-brake system.
April 28, 2016 |
The most gut-clenching, psyche-rattling moment of Margee Kerr's 36 years on this planet came when she was 116 stories in the air above it, strapped into a harness so she could lean out from the top of Toronto's CN Tower. For Kerr, it was partly an academic experience. She studies fear for a living, and will speak about her work Wednesday night at the Franklin Institute, as part of Philadelphia's annual nine-day science festival. Thus far, attendees have been gazing at stars, digging up fossils, exploring colonial-era medicine, and solving murder mysteries.