July 6, 2002 |
What is it about a scenic route that makes it truly scenic? Is it what you encounter while traveling along the road? Is it the expectation of what you will see? Or is it what you remember long after the trip is over? I set out to explore these questions after discovering a small, out-of-the-way route beginning in Salem, N.J., and running south on Route 658 toward Bridgeton. I realized I had never explored this area of New Jersey, and I was intrigued by its proximity to Philadelphia.
October 3, 2014 |
"TRACKS" is a movie about the love that these days dare not speak its name - the love of being alone in a world that's made "connectivity" its highest virtue. It's the true story of Aussie loner Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska), who in 1977 decided, rather obstinately, to walk across the deserts of western Australia, a 1,700 mile sojourn she later turned into a celebrated book. That chronicle aside, her journey is a mystery to many. Why? Why cross a desert that had been crossed by others?
August 26, 2013 |
The monarch butterflies at the Tyler Arboretum were about a week old, so it was time for them to move on. About 60 orange-and-black monarchs, freshly emerged from their chrysalises, were tagged and released into the wild at the arboretum's Butterfly Festival on Saturday. Over the next several weeks, the delicate insects will flutter about 2,500 miles south and then west before settling in a central Mexican mountain range with millions of others, the longest migratory journey of any North American butterfly.
January 29, 1996 |
Perhaps as old as the Garden of Eden itself is humanity's yearning to search for the meaning of life. Some individuals experience a profound desire to go on personal quests to uncover their self-identity, spiritual awareness and ancestral roots. Such universal themes are explored in Bristol Riverside Theater's current production, The God of Isaac, which runs through Feb. 11. The play was written by Chicago-based playwright James Sherman, who directs this staging. The God of Isaac is actually a funny play, a poignant comedy that has plenty of light moments.
April 25, 2000 |
The tenacity of a Quaker man born four centuries ago has inspired a 62-year-old bricklayer to sell his English home, purchase a 36-foot yacht, and sail across the Atlantic to Woodbury. It is a voyage more than two years in the making. And if weather permits, Melvin Magnall will embark today on the 5,400-mile journey from the shores of northern England. It all started when Magnall stumbled across a brochure about Quakers that he found in a tourist office. He learned of a man named Henry Wood, who was beaten, imprisoned, and blinded in one eye for his religious beliefs.
December 6, 2011 |
Rebecca Levenberg was riding her bike to work on Nov. 9, 2010, when a garbage truck turned right from Washington Avenue onto Fifth Street, and the driver didn't see her in the bike lane. She nearly lost her life and did lose her left leg four inches above the knee. When she awoke from sedation in intensive care, her aunt and uncle gave her a necklace with an inscription from Confucius: "The journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step. " The phrase "always echoed in my head," Levenberg said, as she endured months of abdominal surgeries, hospitalizations and rehab.
August 16, 2004 |
The outs started to dwindle in Deep Run's amazing season. Sean Coyle thought he could stop it by ignoring the scoreboard. The righthanded pitcher and power-hitter in the Deep Run lineup refused to believe his season was coming to a close. In the end, Coyle and his teammates on the Little League baseball team from Hilltown, Bucks County, were forced to accept a 4-1 setback to South Caroline of Preston, Md., here in the Mid-Atlantic Little League Championship at A. Bartlett Giamatti Stadium.
July 11, 2008 |
Fasten your 3-D glasses and mind the gap. Cheesy, cheesy, cheesy but fun, fun, fun, Journey to the Center of the Earth , a retro-update of the Jules Verne adventure novel, takes audiences to the planet's core via the corniest route imaginable. Free fall through glacier. Roller coaster down mine shaft. On tiptoe across molten lava. Through 3-D glasses, the planetary pith variously resembles melting crushed-ice or reheated pizza. Oddly, the experience stirred my inner 6-year-old.
September 14, 2012
NO MATTER your political opinion on immigration, it's impossible to deny the benefits some children receive from making it to America. But getting here is often a story of impossible emotional struggle for each immigrating family. "El Viaje de los Niños" ("The Children's Journey") is a visual account, done in large-scale dioramas, of Mexican children's journeys across the border and ultimately to Philadelphia. The exhibit is simultaneously a story of struggle and recovery, a child's journey through life toward, it is hoped, a better future, and a visual representation of each child's incredible bravery.
July 4, 1999
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This trinity sits atop one of the most audacious paragraphs pen ever set to paper. It lists the ennobling aims of the rebellion against a distant king that the paragraph's author and 55 others formally declared on a July day in Philadelphia in 1776. It set the trajectory for an infant nation that would turn out to be like no other. That trajectory has taken the United States over terrain that couldn't have been imagined by the firebrands, rascals, heroes and ordinary men who, on that July day 223 years ago, together summoned the courage of a signature.