July 16, 2013 |
It was a beautiful day in the West Philadelphia neighborhood Sunday when thousands of runners, walkers, joggers and "Happy People" gathered for the Color Run 5K. Participants begin in white T-shirts and get doused with colored powder at various points during and after the race, ending up in splotchy, striped, and mangled rainbows from head to toe. "It gets in your eyes, your mouth, your ears. But it's worth it," said Alyssa Caimi, 14, of Upper Dublin, who came with her younger sister Emma; her mother, Joni; and friend Megan Mantler.
February 16, 2013 |
It's a great place for dogs, Bakhtia. In winter, when the Yenisei River is frozen over in this remotest patch of Siberia (accessible only by helicopter or, in summer months, by boat), the huskies go hunting with their masters, or tag along behind undulating snowmobiles, or curl up in a patch of sun in an opening between massive firs. When the ice thaws, they help to catch fish. The males and females breed. Puppies are born, and the cycle continues. Although Happy People: A Year in the Taiga isn't really about the dogs, documentarian Werner Herzog is fascinated by these keen-eyed beasts, and their relationship with man. But per the title, this engaging film - which Herzog cut down to size from a four-hour Russian TV program by Dmitry Vasyukov - is about the human residents of the village in the Taiga boreal forest.
June 20, 2012 |
Neil Diamond was breathing hard. The air inside the Wells Fargo Center on Monday night was fairly temperate, but the 71-year-old performer was working up a sweat making sure that even those in restricted-view seats got an eyeful. "I bet they told you these were front-row seats," he said, turning his back on the arena to face the people seated on the extreme right, almost behind the stage. But then, he allowed, it wouldn't take much for him to come back front and center, or indeed, to turn his attentions anywhere.
January 28, 2011 |
Some chase happiness. Others radiate it. Mike Leigh contrasts the two personality types in Another Year , his affectionate portrait of Tom and Gerri (Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen), a warm London couple in their 60s. As flower to sun, their less happy friends and relatives naturally gravitate to them. Their secret? As Leigh frames the off-center couple, shaggy as figures in an Ed Koren cartoon, Tom and Gerri are content but never smug, moralists but nonjudgmental, supportive without crowding each other.
July 29, 2010
PEOPLE WHO know me know that, generally, I'm a pretty upbeat, happy person. Sure, like everyone, I've had and continue to have my fair share of life's ups and downs, but I refuse to let the downs defeat me. When life deals me lemons, I just go on and make some lemonade. I have often wondered: What makes people tick? Why are some people perpetually happy, while others are perpetually depressed? Mostly, I've wondered what the connection is, if any, between happiness and health? In my search for answers to these questions, I decided this summer to enroll in a "Foundations for Positive Psychology" online course offered by the University of Pennsylvania.
June 16, 2010
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Go on a "no complaining" kick. It will be easy to lose all negativity for the day. The vitality you gain will amaze you. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You'll see a side of someone you didn't know was there. This will bring a thrilling surprise. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Do some kind of charity. Being nice to a person in need of a friend may be the best way you could improve the world. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Practical solutions will make your life better.
June 25, 2009 |
Wawa's merchandise sales actually grew last year, although the growth rate is down. "We're doing OK," said Howard Stoeckel, chief executive officer of the privately held convenience-store chain. "We're not up to historic averages, but we're performing better than the vast majority of retailers. " He credits a strong focus on value and a concerted effort to make the time a customer spends in the neighborhood Wawa a respite from economic gloom. "People want to feel good," he said, "even if it's for four or five minutes a day when they're on their way to work.
June 12, 2007
IJUST FINISHED reading the newspaper about three more people killed. I hate to see my people killing each other over foolishness, getting locked up and coming to places like I'm in. When will these young dudes get it into their heads that all they are doing is killing a whole generation? They think it's cool to shoot and kill somebody so they can earn their stripes. Stripes for what? For spending the rest of your life in prison? Once they say "life," that's exactly what they mean.
June 5, 2005 |
It was November 2003. The previous July, I had left the corporate world and started my own consulting business, and not long afterward I had contracted to provide grant-writing services to the Society of the Holy Child Jesus in Africa. (In this area, you may be familiar with the society as the group of Roman Catholic nuns who administer Rosemont College, the School of the Holy Child in Rosemont, and Holy Child Academy in Drexel Hill.) My international travel had been limited to walking over the border into Tijuana and vacationing in Bermuda.
September 14, 2004 |
Nelly: Sweat Universal, . (out of four stars). Suit Universal, . 1/2. Both in stores today. Throughout a four-year career that's rocketed straight upward, the mega-platinum-selling St. Louis rapper Nelly has dominated urban music with two distinct styles - hard-cranking, instantly infectious party anthems (most notably "Hot in Herre") and more tender introspections on the order of the current "My Place," whose hook is sung by Jaheim. Today, Cornell Haynes, the smart businessman, sets out to exploit the dual "dimensions" of his art more aggressively with the simultaneous release of two seriously hyped, full-length discs.