February 24, 2016 |
It's a safe bet the only thing standing between children and their ability to absorb the most challenging art is the adult with a limited imagination. There was no danger of that happening Sunday at the Curtis Institute of Music, where a new production of The Jungle Book emerged from the pen of a group of grown-ups with an enormous sense of regard for their audience. What's more, the 45-minute ballet with a stunning small-ensemble score and crisply told story is an absolute charmer.
January 28, 2016 |
BLOOMFIELD, Iowa - Ted Cruz continued a weeklong sprint toward Monday's Iowa caucuses, traveling the state with high-profile conservatives who helped him frame the election as a moral choice between two candidates: the Texas senator, a self-described consistent conservative, and Donald Trump, portrayed as a con artist who shouldn't be trusted. The case for Cruz, pitched by the candidate, as well as by Rep. Steve King (R., Iowa) and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, boiled down to this: his respect for the Constitution and his faith in God. "It's a binary decision now," King told a few dozen people at a church here, about 100 miles southeast of Des Moines.
January 4, 2016
Rana Elmir is the deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan As an American Muslim, I am consistently and aggressively asked - by media figures, religious leaders, politicians, and Internet trolls - to condemn terrorism to prove my patriotism. I emphatically refuse. Make no mistake: The terror imposed by those who sympathize with Daesh (an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State extremist group), al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, al-Shabab, and other groups is just as foreign to me as the terror advanced by mostly white men at the alarming rate of one mass killing every two weeks in this country.
December 26, 2015
By Paul F. Morrissey On Christmas Eve, my brothers and sisters and I would sing, "Tomorrow will be Christmas, and we will carols sing; So early in the morning, the sweet church bells will ring. . . " No one ever sings that carol now, but it is still in my memory from more than 60 years ago. It was the 1950s, and the earliest Mass then was at 5 a.m. I was a choirboy, and as I hustled across the street in the frosty morning air with the red cassock, starched white surplice, thick celluloid collar, and the crimson silk ribbon bow tie, I stole a glance upward at the stars as the church bells rang.
December 21, 2015
Armando Valladares is the author of the best-selling memoir "Against All Hope" and the recipient of the Becket Fund's 2016 Canterbury Medal In December of 1785, George Washington received a letter from Quaker abolitionist Robert Pleasants pleading with him to make a priority of ending slavery. Eighty years later - 150 years ago this month - he got his wish. This month marks the sesquicentennial of the ratification of the 13th Amendment, which officially ended the scourge of slavery in America.
December 14, 2015 |
Annelyssa Reynolds cares deeply about being at the annual Army-Navy Game to cheer for Navy - deeply enough to schedule her wedding around it. Reynolds, of Mount Laurel, and her beloved, David Snyder of York, Pa., exchanged vows at St. Augustine Church in Philadelphia on Friday. Less than 24 hours later, weary but exhilarated, they joined a dozen family members and friends for a pregame, blue-and-gold tailgate party in a parking lot near Lincoln Financial Field. Reynolds, 28, has been going to the Army-Navy Game to cheer for Navy since she was 10, the first time accompanying a friend whose father graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy.
November 29, 2015 |
Mike Mancinelli and Melanie McDonough were home for the holiday, and with time to burn Friday afternoon before the struggling Flyers played Nashville, they visited a corner dubbed "Fan Zone" inside the Modell's store on Snyder Avenue. A wave of discounted despair confronted them. Mark Sanchez and Riley Cooper Eagles jerseys marked 25 percent off. Red Phillies pinstripes with "UTLEY 26" on the back hanging from a rack. The 76ers jersey not yet worn by Joel Embiid, slashed by 50 percent.
November 23, 2015 |
Thanksgiving Eve is generally associated with culinary preparations, not prayer. But since 1981, Marlton's houses of worship have hosted an interfaith observance on the night before the day of turkey, football, and pre-Black Friday frenzy. This year's Community Thanksgiving Service is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joan of Arc Church. All are welcome, regardless of religious affiliation or lack thereof. The church is at 100 Willow Bend Rd. "We're appealing to our common religious background, and to nonreligious [people]
November 22, 2015 |
IN ITS 83-year history, Vine Memorial Baptist Church has had precisely two pastors. Founding pastor the Rev. Leonard George Carr presided from 1932 to 1976. The current pastor, the Rev. James S. Allen, arrived in 1978. This New Year's Eve at the congregation's annual Watch Night service, the 79-year-old Allen plans to preach his last sermon. "We always have a Watch Night service," he said. "We start at 10 o'clock and we'll be in worship as the old year passes out and the new year comes in. That's been our history.
November 2, 2015 |
Only once did I ever worry for my safety as a Mets fan in Philadelphia. It was the day of the Phillies' 2008 World Series parade. Oblivious to the citywide party kicking off outside my front door, I wore, as I always did, my Mets ski cap on my way to work. Across the street, a big guy in Phillies gear with a woman on each arm spotted me. I'll never forget the look on his face - shock, turned to horror, turned to fury. He left the girls behind, sprinted through traffic to cross the street, and pointed his finger in my face.