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.
November 4, 2014 |
HOUSTON - Jeremy Maclin darted beyond the Houston Texans' defensive backs for a deep touchdown for the first score in the Eagles' 31-21 win on Sunday. He capped the game with a diving score in the fourth quarter. And every time coach Chip Kelly sees Maclin race past a cornerback or tiptoe the sideline for a difficult reception, he's not at all surprised. "That's what we're coming to expect from Jeremy," Kelly said. The Eagles' brain trust was optimistic that Maclin would thrive in Kelly's offense in 2013 before a knee injury ended his season in training camp.
October 6, 2014 |
The phrase Change doesn't happen overnight wasn't coined by Chip Kelly, but he would probably nod in approval to the rest of Mary E. Pearson's axiom that change is molded by people who don't give up . The coach was asked several times during the last week about changes he might implement in light of the worst offensive performance the Eagles have had under his stewardship, and Kelly's answers each time were relatively the same. "We're always working on our game plan in terms of what we're trying to do, but I also don't think you just drastically change, and we're going to turn into a run-and-shoot offense and throw the ball a hundred times," Kelly said.
October 3, 2014 |
On July 26, 2009, Ryan Caruso rear-ended a car in the northbound middle lane of Roosevelt Boulevard about 2 a.m. His car was disabled in the crash, so, as he sat in the driver's seat, his passenger Patrick Hennessy got out and, with the driver of the other car, attempted to push Caruso's vehicle to the side of the road. It was Hennessy's bad luck that a third car crashed into him, pinning him against the car he was trying to move off the highway. He suffered grievous injuries and, after weeks of treatment, his right leg was amputated just above the knee.