August 6, 2004
Does this describe your job? You hate the politics. The bureaucracy drives you crazy. Sometimes your boss does, too. But the actual work is enjoyable. Tell us what you love about your work and why you find it fulfilling. Responses should be no more than 250 words and must be submitted by Aug. 30. A collection of the best essays will run on Labor Day - Sept. 6. Mail your comments to: Metro Commentary Page The Philadelphia Inquirer Box 8263 Philadelphia 19101 E-mail: metroletters@phillynews.
August 20, 1999 |
The curtain between theater and life is thin, almost sheer, in actor/director John Turturro's rhapsodic tribute to love, the stage, and love of the stage in Illuminata. Set in a turn-of-the-century New York that more resembles the jewel-toned reveries of the Pre-Raphaelites than it does a pushcart paradise, the film is as voluptuously lovely as its players. These include Susan Sarandon as a Bernhardt-like diva named Celimene, Katherine Borowitz as the sternly beautiful leading lady Rachel, and Beverly D'Angelo as the theater owner Astergourd.
June 21, 1988 |
Backstage at the Spectrum on March 9, Julianne Phillips Springsteen looked like a little lost lamb. Her hubby, "His Bossness" Bruce Springsteen, was across the hall in another room, reveling in the afterglow of yet another triumphant concert, going through his two-hour-plus nightly ritual of rubdown and midnight supper. So the blond-tressed, yet surprisingly drab-looking Julianne was left to fend for herself in a roomful of strangers. She stared blankly at David Letterman on TV and made small talk with Electric Factory Concerts' Barbara Rose.
November 7, 2011
THE DAILY NEWS Pet of the Week is Marcia, a 1- to 2-year-old pit-bull mix at the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society. Marcia is friendly and loving and gets along with other dogs, but prefers a home without cats. She would do best in a family with older children who can teach her basic obedience. To adopt Marcia, contact PAWS, 100 N. 2nd St., at 215-238-9901. When inquiring, please provide her tag identifier A14284581-Clinic. A $75 fee includes sterilization, vaccines and micro-chipping.
February 15, 2002 |
It was Valentine's Day, so Edward J. Runner wanted to talk about his lost Helen. "We went together for 15 years," the 91-year-old poet said with a faraway gaze. The couple met at a big-band dance. "The cancer killed her dancing," he said. Then Runner read the poem he had written for her just before she was buried: "Last Farewell to Helen. " "Your unselfish consideration of to others giving/Was the format of your way of living," he read. Runner - who shakes your hand, looks you in the eye, and says, "I'm Edward Runner, poet" - was part of a Valentine's Day poetry reading yesterday at Rutgers University-Camden, where 30 students, staff and community members spent a lunch hour sharing their own sappy, goopy, lovely love poetry - and that of more well-known authors.
November 11, 1998 |
Mary Silvers had a date Monday night with an old boyfriend, Barney Josephs. They were going to dinner near his home, in Ventnor. Mary, who turns 97 next week, was waiting in the lobby of her Center City apartment building at 3 p.m., with her walker and her cane, when her daughter arrived promptly. "Why don't you put a little lipstick on," Mary said to her daughter, Reta Eisenberg, who turns 70 next month. "Mother," protested her daughter, "I just came from work. " Mary's daughter, a widow and grandmother herself, who lives in Gladwyne, often drives her mother down to meet Barney.
September 26, 1998
It's very clear Our love is here to stay, Not for a year But ever and a day. The radio And the telephone And the movies that we know May just be passing fancies And in time may go, But oh, my dear, Our love is here to stay Together we're Going a long, long way. In time, the Rockies may crumble, Gibraltar may tumble - They're only made of clay - but Our love is here to...
August 30, 1987 |
Joy found love on Market Street in Camden. Inside a paneled classroom, she was taught that she was beautiful, despite years as a battered wife, despite more than a decade of mental illness, despite two rapes, despite losing custody of her four children. "I was very isolated," said Joy, who asked that her last name be withheld. "Now, when I start to feel upset, I come here. There's just something here. " CAMcare Community Health Center Inc. in Camden calls that special something LOVE - Learning Opportunities for Vocational Employment.
August 12, 2002 |
Two trucks had collided. One driver was in serious condition, and as he was hurried into a hospital emergency room, it appeared that he would die. He was rushed to surgery to try to repair the internal bleeding that was sapping away his life. A film crew on site captured the moment as a nurse leaned over to tell the driver that his wife was on her way. "Is there anything you want me to tell her?" she asked. "Tell her that I love her," he said. Watching that, I suddenly remembered similar cases.