September 5, 2016
ISSUE | LABOR DAY Thank the unions I sincerely hope everyone is enjoying this three-day holiday weekend. Your long weekend has been brought to you by the American labor movement. We're also the ones who fought for the 40-hour workweek, overtime pay, employee benefits, safe working conditions, and child labor laws. In virtually every recent positive development in the city - from the papal visit and the Democratic National Convention to the explosion in new construction in every neighborhood - Philadelphia's unions played significant roles in the success.
July 17, 2016
Hello there They had enjoyed talking shop at the public-media programmers and curators conference. They delighted each other with broader conversations at dinner with a dozen other new conference friends. But it wasn't until Chris and Hillary were posing for a group photo on her last day at the November 2014 gathering that Chris realized he didn't want to say goodbye. There was a film screening the next day. "You should stay," he said. Hillary felt the same spark Chris did but couldn't justify the big cost of changing her flight from San Diego back to Tucson, where she had lived since leaving Southampton, Bucks County, for college.
July 3, 2016 |
Philadelphians can expect warm and sunny weather for Fourth of July festivities, but some thunderstorms could bookend the long weekend. The temperature is forecast to reach the mid- to high-80s Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Sunny or partly sunny skies are expected Saturday, Sunday and the bulk of Monday, forecasters said. But the holiday weekend could kick off with potentially strong thunderstorms Friday afternoon and evening.
January 24, 2016 |
I awoke alone at 5:30 a.m. in a six-bed hostel room. It was still pitch black outside, as it typically is in Norway in December. The only sound came from the television, which I'd left on overnight - BBC News covering the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize the previous day. I had been there. Well, I had stood outside Oslo City Hall as the king of Norway arrived for the ceremony, not knowing what the fuss was about until I returned to my big, empty room outside the airport. I had to fly back to Dublin that morning.
January 18, 2016 |
What about Amsterdam? It was a message from my friend. We were both college students spending the semester abroad in separate European cities, and it was the first time our breaks were aligning to spend a long weekend traveling together. I hadn't truly considered Amsterdam as a weekend destination, but she swayed me with Google images of canals and bikes, Dutch pancakes and stroop waffles, and an Airbnb houseboat (the last of which I declined). The high-speed train landed me in Amsterdam in less than four hours, dispatching the French and Belgians on the outskirts of the canal-filled city.
December 10, 2015 |
In the kindergarten Nativity play, he was Joseph and she was Mary. Thirty-two years later, their conception story was just as unlikely. Since the age of 14, Audrey had suffered severe endometriosis, as well as a rare uterine abnormality. She had endured two surgeries, taken birth control pills to control the bleeding and pain, and had long since given up on the possibility of childbearing. "I was always told by doctors that I would most likely never get pregnant, and if I did, I probably couldn't carry to term," she says.
September 30, 2015 |
Behind the "high walls" of the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, Pope Francis spoke of a church that is "not about building walls, but about breaking them down. " He filled the city with that feeling across two days that united hundreds of thousands of visitors and residents alike in the spirit of two of his favorite words, joy and love - or, if you prefer, amor - taking particular account of the immigrants, prisoners, and dispossessed among us. And he accomplished this mass exercise in challenging barriers, ironically, amid an overweening security stance that provided most of the event's relatively few false notes.
September 5, 2015 |
ARIES (March 21-April 19) (sssss) You storm into the last official weekend of summer with lots of smiles, a little sadness, and several parties to keep the days exciting. To some, you might be saying goodbye until next summer, but to others, you simply are participating in the summer rituals. You could meet your next fling this weekend. A picnic Monday? TAURUS (April 20-May 20) (ssss) You seem destined to overindulge as you toss your good humor, smile, and spirited manner into the weekend.