July 10, 2016 |
Question: How do you know if you have good instincts when it comes to trusting people? I like to pride myself on that, and I'm sure I've been duped no more than the average person. But after a recent duping, I'm finding most romantic interests (or women in general, really) untrustworthy, and I back away. How do I know if I'm being paranoid or just ran into a bunch of shady romantic prospects? Answer: Whenever you have trouble with all [group name here], it isn't about [group name here]
June 5, 2016 |
Even in high school, Kathleen Brown McHale, now 62, found herself drawn to her classmates with developmental disabilities. "I volunteered - at lunch, I was with the kids that had development disabilities," said Brown McHale, president and chief executive of Special People in Northeast Inc. (SPIN), a Philadelphia nonprofit that provides life-long services, including residential care to people with intellectual, developmental and autism disabilities. It also offers early childhood services, and especially important in the summer, a camp for people with special needs.
April 27, 2016 |
The colored charts and graphs occupied a corner of Pete Mackanin's desk, and the 64-year-old baseball lifer inspected them on a recent afternoon. Spray charts. Hot zones. Swing tendencies. Pitch percentages. Those items were not always prioritized on the ground floor of Citizens Bank Park in previous seasons. "Numbers are important. Statistics matter," the Phillies manager said. "The new wave of analytics just delves deeper. " Baseball is awash with more information than ever, although it is still unclear what big data's place will be inside the Phillies clubhouse.
December 27, 2015 |
While I'm away, readers celebrate mothers-in-law. I was in a marriage that ended sadly but amicably. I've kept in touch with my mother-in-law, with whom I had become quite close, in spite of the fact that we were two very different women. About two years ago, I was going through a difficult financial and emotional time. I don't know if she heard through my ex-husband or just sensed it, but she knew I needed help. She sent me an email: "When you and [son] parted ways, you asked me to hold on to your engagement ring.
March 3, 2015 |
Any artistic cutting edge can come with the sensation of falling off a cliff. The listener is bewildered for a bit, until someone (often the composer) shows how the most forbidding concoctions have precedents in the past. Rarely, though, has the road map to such precedents been established with the concrete as it was in a talk before Bhob Rainey's Axon Ladder Friday at Vox Populi. Was this an advanced calculus class? At the same time such well-known composers as Stephen Hartke and Louis Karchin unveiled their response to the visual stimuli at the Barnes Foundation in a Network for New Music concert, Rainey was at the gallery wrestling with music based on mathematical abstractions of squid neurons so big they were studied in the pre-high-tech era. Some skepticism is warranted - attention-grabbing concepts don't necessarily unleash worthy music.
December 28, 2014 |
By the time he traded for Eli Manning at the 2004 NFL draft, Ernie Accorsi was already an old newspaper guy and knew how the game worked. A former sportswriter at The Inquirer, Accorsi was the New York Giants' general manager from 1998 to 2007, and his signature decision over that period was to bank that, in a draft class that included Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger, Manning was the true crown jewel. "I remember the Harrisburg paper - it's my local paper, where I grew up - said, 'Accorsi bets his future on Eli Manning,' " Accorsi, a native of Hershey, said in a recent phone interview.
April 17, 2013 |
BOSTON - Carlos Arredondo ran across Boylston Street, jumped the security fence and landed in the middle of fallen bodies. Two women lay motionless. Another woman was standing, frozen, looking down at the wounded and repeating, "Oh my God. " Arredondo had come to the Boston Marathon to watch National Guardsmen run the race in honor of fallen soldiers, including the son Arredondo lost in Iraq. He carried a camera and a small American flag. On the other side of the fence now, he dropped the flag.
October 30, 2012 |
Analytics, all the rage all over the NBA, use data on player movement, even player speed on the court, plus efficiencies based on all sorts of variables, such as shooting percentages off dribbles, from certain spots on the floor, from passes by specific players. 76ers coach Doug Collins was asked the other day if he was an analytics guy. "No. If I did that, I'd blow my brains out," Collins said after a practice last week. "There's 20-page printouts after every game - I would kill myself.
September 26, 2012
By Harold I. Gullan OK, now we've seen and heard it all. Those over-wrought pep rallies for the already committed zealots still called political conventions are finally over. The deluge of media promotion to come isn't going to tell us anything new about any of the candidates. Accordingly, I invite you, my thoughtful fellow voters, to join me in a reflective retreat. No, we can't put our lives on hold. But we can, to the extent possible, try to tune out everything political (that is, partisan)
February 27, 2012 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Linebacker Luke Kuechly has been called a possible "slam dunk" for the Eagles (Mike Mayock, NFL Network), the "perfect first-round melding of team need and draft slot value" (Don Banks, SI.com) and has been linked to Philadelphia in countless mock drafts. He was scheduled to meet with the Eagles here at the NFL combine Sunday night, though teams meet with dozens of players they won't draft and sometimes never meet ones they do take. But as fans look ahead to April's draft, Kuechly, from Boston College, said he's trying to stay focused on the combine.