March 27, 2015 |
PHOENIX - So the last piece of Louis Vuitton luggage has been carefully trundled out of the Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced Arizona Biltmore hotel lobby into the last chauffeured Bentley; the 2015 NFL meetings are over, and for Eagles fans, the highlight was that both Jeffrey Lurie and Chip Kelly spoke. What did we learn? Nothing earth-shattering. Both the team chairman's Tuesday session and the coach's hourlong appearance at the NFC coaches' breakfast yesterday yielded valuable nuggets of new information, they filled in some blanks and buttressed some notions.
March 7, 2015 |
Justin De Fratus, baseball player. That was his identity. De Fratus was pretty good, too. The Phillies drafted him in 2007, and he excelled in the minor leagues. The righthander was considered one of the team's top pitching prospects. Then a right elbow strain in March 2012 cost him the first five months of a season in which he hoped to transition from prospect to major leaguer. The injury, he said, led to an identity crisis: Who are you and what are you supposed to be in this world?
February 11, 2015 |
MONTREAL - The Flyers say they are confident that veteran goalie Ray Emery can pick up the load while Steve Mason recovers from his latest injury. Mason is sidelined indefinitely, and general manager Ron Hextall said Monday he would not have an update on the goalie's condition until Tuesday. Hextall did not respond to a text about a Comcast SportsNet report that Mason would undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. In the second period of a 3-1 win Sunday in Washington, Mason had to be helped to the locker room after suffering what appeared to be a knee injury.
February 10, 2015
A COLUMN that starts by quoting Voltaire is likely to get serious. So here goes. The 18th-century French philosopher is credited with saying, "Faith consists in believing what reason cannot. " Well, Gov. Wolf is asking for serious amounts of faith. And doing so despite what reason (and experience) tells us about Pennsylvania, Land of Low Expectations. This underpins his actions and agenda. It might be his greatest challenge. Can he make us believe? Last week, he announced a new Governor's Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency to save tax dollars and improve government.
January 28, 2015 |
WINDSOR HEIGHTS, Iowa - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, everybody's favorite Bible-quoting, bass-guitar-playing Republican presidential candidate, is back on the trail, seven years after he won this state's caucuses. On Sunday night, he arrived at the Walnut Creek Church next to I-235 in the suburbs of Des Moines to sign copies of his new book, God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy , for about 50 fans. "Back when he ran in 2007-2008, the question was, who is Mike Huckabee," said Pastor Terry Amman, welcoming him with a slightly deflated cardinal-and-gold Iowa State University souvenir football.
January 11, 2015 |
Twenty years ago, I wrote a story for Inquirer Magazine about the last days of my grandfather. It was a story about a man reckoning with his mortality and reflecting on his life. I was privileged to watch, from an intimate vantage, as this family patriarch of 96 years gracefully surrendered and began anticipating a reunion with his loved ones in the afterlife in which he believed. Belief was a sub-theme, his faith that God would recognize his efforts to lead a good life versus my skepticism about the very existence of a merciful Supreme Being.
January 5, 2015 |
I knew about the three sisters from the letters. In 1912 my grandfather, George, left his village of Siderka (then Russia) about an hour north of Bialystok, and never returned. Throughout his life, his brothers Vladimir and Makary sent him letters. Last year my Uncle Walter gave me a box of their letters and we worked on getting them translated. I am a priest, serving the Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross in Medford, and this effort coincided with a trip our Diocesan Bishop Michael was planning to Poland for August 2014.
December 31, 2014 |
Faith Jerome, 76, of Cherry Hill, a longtime nurse and member of the township's school board, died Monday, Dec. 22, at home of pancreatic cancer. When a local school was slated to close in the early 1980s, a friend persuaded Mrs. Jerome to run for the Cherry Hill school board. Fifteen years later, when she decided against seeking a sixth term, former board member James Marino told The Inquirer that "she has great integrity. . . . I can't think of a decision she ever made that she didn't feel she was doing in the best interest of the children of Cherry Hill.
December 24, 2014 |
POPE FRANCIS won't arrive in Philadelphia until September, when the World Meeting of Families convenes. But it's not too soon for local Catholics - and people of all faiths - to start thinking about what to share with him when he comes. Philadelphia could offer Pope Francis a tour of shelters, soup kitchens and other programs in which people with resources (holiday toys, winter coats, tutoring, etc.) give to those without. But our region is also gaining a reputation for adopting another strategy to bridge growing social and economic gaps.
November 8, 2014 |
Chip Kelly voiced support for injured quarterback Nick Foles on Thursday and dismissed the idea that the Eagles had lost confidence in him. "I've got great faith in Nick and I think he's a hell of a quarterback, and I think sometimes he gets [criticized] too much," Kelly said. "I wish there were more people like Nick Foles in our lives. " Foles has endured criticism this season because he had 13 turnovers in eight games, including 10 interceptions. Foles also has thrown for 13 touchdowns and 2,163 yards.