August 30, 2011
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Crack down on self-discipline. The more leeway you give yourself the further from your goals you will stray. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Avoid making assumptions about another person - you're not likely to assume the right thing. Instead, ask questions, even if it means you risk looking foolish. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You see the light at the end of the tunnel, and you keep going toward it because you know it's the right way. CANCER (June 22-July 22)
January 31, 2011 |
The Little Prince - beloved by many over the course of its 67 years - is a gentle, sweet fantasy that magnifies human behavior through the lens of existentialism. It's filled with metaphors, with many adult characters who represent some aspect of the human condition. The original story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry seems made for puppetry, as a new version with actors and puppets clearly demonstrates, in a technically pumped but strangely distant production at Bristol Riverside Theatre.
December 11, 2009 |
IT'S been an interesting couple of weeks, so here's a roundup of my thoughts on a whole bunch of those stories. S. Philly High mess Asian students are targeted at a Philadelphia public high school by African-American classmates. Some people tried to minimize the violence by pointing out that, in some cases, the Asians allegedly started the fights. So that somehow justifies one group of kids roaming from classroom to classroom, as widely reported, looking for random kids of another ethnicity to hurt?
January 21, 2009
WAS IT REALLY a miracle when Flight 1549 landed in the Hudson, with no fatalities and only minor injuries? I don't wish to be disrespectful toward people of faith, but if a deity were really in charge, why would he allow bird strikes to knock out both of the plane's engines in the first place? Fact is, we live in a world where bad things can happen. But humankind understands this. So, instead of depending on a deity who, if he/she/it exits at all is mercurial at best, we have to be prepared.
November 20, 2007 |
Depending on whom you talk to in New Jersey, you can hear any of the following opinions on the controversial issue of our black bear population: The number of black bears is increasing rapidly, and so is the potential for dangerous human-bear confrontations. The bear population is stable and conflicts have decreased. There is an urgent need for a trophy bear hunt to manage the black bear population. There is no need for such a hunt. It's a face-off: animal rights groups call it slaughter, hunters call it wildlife management.
April 10, 2006 |
THE STEREOTYPE of staid British pomp quickly evaporated during my interview with David Miliband, a member of the British parliament and minister of communities and local government who is likely to play a large role in any post-Tony Blair Labor government. Philadelphia was the third stop on Miliband's official five-day, five-city tour to view urbanization, urban policy, leadership and economic development from several municipal perspectives. The cities he visited offered important variety: the limited municipal powers in the nation's capital, Baltimore and Philadelphia's old-style politics, Miami-Dade, Fla.,'s two-tier mayoralty, Toronto's amalgamated metropolis.
May 8, 2005 |
People fleeing the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, for the most part did not run. They took, on average, six minutes to decide to leave. Some even retrieved personal items before evacuating. For some, taking their time proved fatal. Those findings, announced in a recent federal government report on the towers' collapse, have renewed focus on a poorly understood aspect of emergencies: human behavior. Despite millennia of fires, floods and other disasters, engineers and other safety scientists know relatively little about the workings of the human brain in times of peril.
February 6, 2004 |
All through World War II, the Allies saw themselves in a desperate race with Nazi Germany to develop the atom bomb, but after the war it was learned that German scientists had not even managed to sustain a nuclear reaction, something the Allies had done as early as 1943. Why was Germany, so advanced in rocket and jet plane technology, so far behind in developing the mightiest weapon of all? That is the question that lies at the heart of Copenhagen, the erudite, eloquent, perceptively human play by Michael Frayn.
September 27, 2002 |
Screwtape, the title character of C.S. Lewis' novel, The Screwtape Letters, is a devil. In a program note to the Lantern Theater Production of actor Tony Lawton's stage adaptation, Lawton asks the question "Do devils exist?" and answers it by saying he doesn't care and surmises that Lewis didn't care either. Lawton goes on to say that the existence of devils is not important to The Screwtape Letters, and he seems to be correct. The devil as an evil agent influencing human behavior is merely a device that Lewis, a noted Christian apologist of the first half of the 20th century, uses to illustrate how humans, by design and accident, can stray from the path of Christian virtue.
February 6, 2002 |
Humans, torn between conflicting impulses to conquer their surroundings and to save their planet, are at a historic turning point, Harvard naturalist and author Edward O. Wilson says. Earth is undergoing the most catastrophic mass extinction since an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, Wilson says, and if current trends continue, 20 percent of the species alive today could be gone by 2030. The ecological death march could be stopped by focusing preservation efforts on the most diverse enclaves and by spending $30 billion a year to do so, Wilson said in an interview.