November 19, 2013 |
CAMDEN When Salima Mostafa received word this year of her acceptance into the White House internship program, she knew it was an opportunity she had to take, if she could. It was a big moment - for her, her immigrant family, and Rutgers University-Camden. Mostafa, a first-generation college student who had holed up in her room each night for four years and consistently maxed out her course load, was about to graduate cum laude and was preparing to take medical school entrance exams.
November 18, 2013 |
As the plane drew closer to Glacier Park International Airport, the mountains were the first indication that this area of America is, without a doubt, one of its most beautiful. The wealth of green mixed with snow, still surviving the 90-degree heat, was breathtaking. My husband, Marc, and I were taking this trip as a way to relax the best way we know how - in natural settings. We planned to explore Glacier Park for two days, then spend one week at a guest ranch in Whitefish. Our first day at Glacier it poured rain, but we were undaunted.
November 11, 2013 |
I had pronounced myself "magic-proof" before even setting foot on the plane. Our family's fifth annual Disney World vacation was imminent and I was lost in a sea of checklists, confirmation numbers, notes to teachers pleading for mercy, and packing perfection. My husband and children lived to be transported to Neverland each year to escape the spin of business ownership and the suburban school-practice-homework shuffle. It was my job to have this mighty mouse mastered. After a half-decade of mouseketeering it, I had impressed myself with Disney know-how.
November 4, 2013 |
My husband, David, is a walking travel encyclopedia. For 28 years, he has been game for any vacation except one - Hawaii. His rationale: No beach is worth a 12-hour plane ride. So, when our daughter, Emily, asked us to join her in Honolulu, he professed the value of mother-daughter bonding and bid us adieu. Well dear, you were wrong. Hawaii is visually mesmerizing. It blends learning and leisure perfectly. Each day we proclaimed, "Wow, Dad should really see this!" Stop one was Waikiki, a bustling metropolis with beautiful beaches.
October 28, 2013 |
It used to be Bill. Then it was Billy. Now it's back to Bill, even if Chip Kelly likes to call him Billy. The story of how Bill Davis became Billy Davis is the story of how a former quarterback came to coach defense. The Eagles once had a former college quarterback turned defensive coordinator. Jim Johnson, like Davis, was a relative unknown before coming to Philadelphia - a journeyman assistant looking to capitalize on another opportunity to lead a defense. Davis is a long way from being mentioned in the same breath as Johnson and his mentors, Dom Capers and Dick LeBeau.
October 28, 2013 |
We called it a "Tourcation" and headed west. I recently graduated from Temple University and wanted to do some kind of trip. Doesn't every college student want to escape after "Pomp and Circumstance?" I also wanted to play music somewhere. My sister and I play in the drum and keys duo Baa Ram Ewe. Given our musical abilities, we decided, "Why not combine a vacation and a music tour?" Ever since I went to Southern California on a family trip in 2004, I have been enamored with the West Coast.
October 21, 2013 |
We were privileged to participate in July in the Grenzgang in Buchenau/Lahn, Dautphetal, Germany. We had to wait seven years to attend - when we were first invited, our daughter's wedding was coming up the following year. But the wait was well worth it. Grenzgang is a tradition of checking the village boundaries that began in the Middle Ages to prevent other towns from encroaching on valuable woods and farmland. While walking the border, participants placed markers. The walk was led by a Moor, a native military person well-respected to keep order, and two men with whips to crack in case raucous fights occurred.
October 14, 2013 |
Global travel has been my forte since the old Soviet Union and India initiated me to the wider world. What I was saving for the golden years, Paris and a French river cruise, now was our adventure. Could it live up to my expectations? To celebrate our 30th anniversary, my wife, Ellen, and I booked the Amadeus Symphony through Gate1 Travel, sailing north then south on the Saone and Rhone Rivers. We embarked from Lyon, France's second-largest city, and finished there Aug. 1. The Amadeus carries 128 passengers, so crowding was not on this ship's radar.
October 7, 2013 |
I have a hard enough time compromising on "where/what to eat" with my two boys and husband when we are standing in the middle of the fifth-largest city in the United States, brimming with options. We may have our four differing opinions on what we want to eat, but we all agree good, tasty, healthy food trumps anything else. So it's no surprise that road trips pose a higher degree of difficulty in that process. On a recent nine-hour drive to Toronto, all of our time was spent on state turnpikes and thruways littered with the same fast-food chains that quite literally repulsed us at every turn.
October 1, 2013 |
* INDEPENDENT LENS. DON'T STOP BELIEVIN': EVERYMAN'S JOURNEY. 10 tonight, WHYY12. * WE ARE MEN. 8:30 tonight, CBS3. What I know about the band Journey is pretty much limited to "Glee," the ending of "The Sopranos" and former "American Idol" judge and bass player Randy Jackson, who occasionally prefaced his assessments with the words, "When I was with Journey . . . " So maybe I'm the last person in the universe to hear about Arnel Pineda,...