May 4, 2010 |
Caution: There's lots of talk in a musical called The Story of My Life about butterflies and the power of their flapping wings to change the world. And there are snow angels, a running theme - along with many references to the awwww-gee classic film It's a Wonderful Life. Now that I've listed the icky sentimentality, let me tell you why, despite all that, this two-guy musical works. Meticulously staged and smoothly rendered by Act II Playhouse in Ambler, it's an unflinching look at long-term friendship - how it happens, why it grows, how it can unravel, and what occurs after that.
September 22, 2002 |
Natalie Habert and Denise Aiello have faced one of the most difficult tests of female friendship - shopping for post-pregnancy clothes. Friends since February 1994, they met through Citizen Advocates Inc., a Delaware County nonprofit organization that pairs people without disabilities and people with disabilities. Habert, who hates to shop, counts on Aiello's sharp eye for fashion. It was Aiello who in 2000 helped Habert, who had recently given birth to son Daniel Redmond, pick out just the right outfit for a special occasion.
June 10, 2001 |
Sister Kiniaya Awwal and Khadijah Muhammad giggled as they strolled hand in hand, recapturing a friendship that has lasted nearly 50 years. Once divided by religion, the Norristown natives were bonded by their faith yesterday at the annual Islamic Heritage Day Festival. Awwal began studying Islam about 22 years ago, eventually converting from Christianity and moving to Ghana in 1992. When she returned to the United States in 1999, Awwal saw Khadijah at the Islamic festival that year and learned that she, too, was now a Muslim.
December 24, 2000 |
The moment seemed simple enough, two players pounding their fists to congratulate each other on a victory. This was a special moment, though. This was the end to three bitter years for Brian Dawkins and Troy Vincent. The five-year playoff drought was over, a 35-24 victory at Cleveland last Sunday clinching it. On to better things. They are two of only eight Eagles to go through the fall and rise of this franchise, two men who have leaped to high respectability at their positions.
May 12, 1994 |
Kurt Wagner, a Huntingdon Valley teenager and budding chef, was hospitalized two years ago for a kidney transplant. Meeting the Frugal Gourmet was as good for his recovery as chicken soup. The seasoned cook and the novice mixed well and kept in touch. They rekindled their friendship last week at Abington Friends School, which Wagner attends, to raise scholarship money. "I like his sense of humor," Wagner, 17 and a sophomore, said of TV celebrity and cookbook author Jeff Smith, a.k.a.
July 4, 1993 |
He is a fit 46 now, a nonsmoker who runs and swims. But 25 years ago he was just a kid from Minnesota on the lines of Vietnam who, every now and again, needed a smoke. The cigarettes that found their way to Steve Horner found him in some odd places - when he was under attack, or at an overnight camp, or in the bush - but they always came from the same place: Joe and Marcia Spatola from Cherry Hill, N.J. And they were free. "I would just smoke and toss 'em, smoke and toss 'em," he recalled.
December 29, 1998 |
If Ray Rhodes is right about old friends and past associations, and if he means to continue in the NFL, the dismissed Eagles coach probably will be working at one of three franchises next season. The best bets appear to be Cleveland, Denver and Baltimore. In Cleveland, the president of the new Browns franchise, which will begin play in 1999, is Carmen Policy, who held the same title with the 49ers when Rhodes was that team's defensive coordinator under Bill Walsh. That association brought Rhodes five Super Bowl rings, victories by the score and the friendships that may land Rhodes his next job. In addition to Policy at Cleveland, Rhodes also has a long friendship with Dwight Clark, the 49ers former pass receiver who moved into the team's front office as prelude to following Policy from the Bay Area to become the Browns director of football operations.
March 29, 2000 |
Few teams have enjoyed as much success in recent years as Conestoga girls' 4x800-meter relay team. The squad opened the spring season with a first place at the Pennsylvania Track Coaches Classic on Saturday at Coatesville. The relay team's secret ingredient for winning races is the unusually strong bonds of friendship that exist among the five seniors that make up the unit. The girls - Kristin Mutzig, Lindsey Renninger, Katie Turner, Ann Hansgate and Laura Toscani - all live within a half-mile of one another.
August 14, 2003 |
It should come as no surprise to her friends and students that Lena Allen-Shore's new biography of Pope John Paul II is a big kiss of a book. After all, the idea for Building Bridges - her account of their separate childhoods in Poland, and their unlikely friendship late in life - sprang from a kiss. "Who am I? A Polish Jew who is nobody," this diminutive adjunct professor at Gratz College said Tuesday during a lunch break from her classes. After 25 years of their acquaintance, Allen-Shore still shakes her head in wonder sometimes that the leader of the world's one billion Catholics not only writes to her, and not only invited her to join him at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem in 2000, but last year celebrated her birthday at his suite in the Vatican, where he joined her family in singing "Happy Birthday.
December 19, 1997 |
They have become good friends, thousands of miles from their homelands. They also have become swimming teammates, although neither had been a competitive swimmer before. Kata Linczenyi and Natalia Levakova came to Oxford this year as exchange students and immediately struck up a friendship. Two 16-year olds - Linczenyi is three days younger than Levakova - in a foreign country, they were looking to make friends. Little did they know how their own friendship would develop. Linczenyi played tennis for the Hornets in the fall.