August 19, 2015 |
In the side yard between two houses on a broiling block of South Broadway, tall trees create a canopy of shade over four rows of tables covered in white. Volunteers fire up a massive, custom-made barbecue grill. Hungry people form a line as more volunteers arrive with side dishes, salads, jugs of iced tea, and a tub of mango water ice. Another "Dinner on Broadway" is getting underway in Camden's Waterfront South neighborhood. And everyone's welcome. "It started with one monthly meal 20 years ago," says Ted Fox, 78, of Cherry Hill, a retired Realtor who schedules the volunteers.
August 10, 2015 |
Their friendship began in homeroom at Arcola Intermediate School. By the time they reached Methacton High, Rachel and Ben did everything together. Though they traveled in a group of 10 friends, "I always found myself just talking to her," Ben said. "Even when I was dating someone else," said Rachel, "he was always the friend I could lean on. " There were other, more-than-friendship feelings, but Ben was afraid that, if he acted on them and it didn't work out, he'd lose their friendship.
July 7, 2015 |
A BOUQUET OF balloons hung above an empty table in a Northeast Philadelphia union hall full of construction workers. A sign reserved the table for "Friends of Fonzie. " The workers, known to occasionally get into heated arguments, were conducting the routine business of reading expense reports and voting on issues with "ayes" or "nays. " Suddenly they grew silent and just smiled: Alfonso "Fonzie" Soglia, 4, and his parents had arrived. The Glaziers Union Local 252 had invited the boy as guest of honor at this monthly closed-door gathering June 17 at Southampton and Townsend roads.
June 15, 2015 |
Nobody bonds with their audience like Taylor Swift, and on Friday night in South Philadelphia, the 25-year-old pop superstar from Wyomissing spent more than two hours connecting with 50,000 of her closest fans in the first of back-to-back sellout shows at Lincoln Financial Field. This is the tour for 1989 . That's the 2014 album, named for the year of her birth, that is closing in on an astonishing five million copies sold in the United States. It has completed Swift's trajectory from teenage country singer to unabashed pop artist.
May 17, 2015 |
Rob Garfield knows he is fighting an uphill battle. He has written an important book about men, friendship, and emotional intimacy, and he knows most men aren't inclined to buy such books. In fact, most books are bought by women, and unless they are especially concerned about the welfare of the men in their lives, they, too, may not be as responsive as they should to a book with the title Breaking the Male Code - Unlocking the Power of Friendship: Overcoming Male Isolation for a Longer, Happier Life.
April 20, 2015 |
SALLY GUARIGLIA believes that eyes are portals to a person's true self, so when she first saw Savannah Harvey's sea-green peepers, she knew that the sophomore from Moore College of Art & Design was a kindred soul. "Look at those eyes!" Guariglia, 75, exclaimed while she and Harvey worked on Guariglia's memory book of digital photographs at the South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, on East Passyunk Avenue near Dickinson Street. Harvey is among Moore College art-education majors teaching digital photography to 16 senior citizens at the center and helping them handcraft memory books with their photos.
April 11, 2015 |
To cite a generational icon - and there's a lot of that going on in While We're Young - I believe it was Mr. Wizard who used to proclaim, "Be just what you is, not what you is not. Folks what do this has the happiest lot. " OK, maybe that dates me (but hey, King Leonardo cartoons were in reruns for decades). Still, if there's a moral in Noah Baumbach's cuttingly comic and keenly observed new film, surely it's that same message Mr. Wizard gave to Tooter Turtle every time the hapless reptile returned from his latest wish-fulfillment disaster.
April 11, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - What makes a true friend? For Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), it's not just a philosophical question. It's the crux of the argument that could decide his legal fate. Facing 14 federal charges that he delivered official favors for a political donor who lavished him with private jet flights, stays at a Dominican resort and a luxury Paris hotel, and nearly $800,000 in political and legal support, Menendez plans to fight back by arguing that the gifts were the kinds of things one friend gives another, nothing more.
April 8, 2015 |
Our greatest teachers sometimes appear just when we need them most. So it was for then-twentysomething Angeleno Tavis Smiley, who in 1991 had suffered a loss that ended his career in local L.A. politics. Rudderless, depressed, Smiley found himself, almost despite himself, on a life-altering journey to Africa with one of America's greatest African American artists as his tour guide: Maya Angelou. In his latest book, My Journey with Maya , Smiley, now 50, writes about his 28-year friendship with Angelou.
April 4, 2015 |
Responding to one of the longest-awaited indictments in the annals of political skulduggery, Sen. Robert Menendez declared this week that federal prosecutors "don't know the difference between friendship and corruption. " But the charges suggest it's Menendez who has trouble with that distinction. The New Jersey Democrat's indictment on bribery and other counts depicts his relationship with a Florida eye surgeon, Salomon Melgen, as so mutually lucrative that it does not fit any commonly accepted definition of mere friendship.