September 26, 2013 |
Hello there Ernie walked onto the deck of the Sea Isle City shore house just as a gold car pulled up. "Excuse me," said the woman with long, brown hair who stepped out. "Could you come help me with this case of water?" Ernie knew this had to be Andrea - a first-grade teacher at George Sharswood school whose summer break had just started. Ernie is a Philadelphia firefighter, as were some of the other dozen or so housemates that summer of 2008. They told Ernie he'd like Andrea, as she is as fun-loving and outgoing as he is. They made similar predictions to Andrea.
September 23, 2013 |
How do you get from Philadelphia to Myanmar? It's easy, Jim Connor says: Turn left at Thailand. The hard part comes once you're there, trying to work with and around a slowly, slowly opening government that's not used to outsiders and is particularly suspicious of social workers. Connor, 40, spent the last decade on the contentious Thailand-Myanmar border, his Whispering Seed project providing housing, education, and job skills to orphans and to children from displaced families.
September 21, 2013 |
Donovan McNabb had his ups and downs with the fans during his 11 seasons as the Eagles quarterback. But there was only adulation when his jersey number was retired at halftime of the Eagles game with the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field. The speculation by local and national pundits that McNabb would hear boos never materialized. On this night, it was a true lovefest. The crowd gave McNabb an extended standing ovation when he was introduced by former teammate Brian Dawkins.
September 19, 2013 |
Hello there In early January 2006, Stephanie, an animator who had recently begun writing screenplays, opened the networking section of Myspace. In theory, she was looking for another writer interested in critiquing each other's work. The more boxes she checked off in the site's search engine - within 10 miles of Philadelphia, must not smoke, must also be allergic to pets, only a social drinker - the clearer it became she was looking for romance. Up popped Matt's profile. The headline, "Lathe'd!"
September 17, 2013 |
Zaire is an intelligent and inquisitive 7-year-old who delights in making people laugh. He loves learning new things and figuring things out. Happy and affectionate, Zaire likes to give big hugs. Some of his favorite pastimes are watching cartoons, reading, and anything having to do with fire trucks. He also enjoys building objects with Legos and solving puzzles. Zaire likes being independent and showing adults that he can do things on his own. Zaire is passionate about art and crafts and is very creative, so he was thrilled to have an opportunity recently to visit an art center.
September 15, 2013 |
ONCE YOU'RE 103 years old, your memories soften. For Lenora Carey, that means that memories of hardship have receded, overtaken by gratitude that she has known an abundance of the only thing that matters in life. Love. I didn't think this would be the most compelling lesson I'd take from my visit with Carey, whose 103rd birthday will be celebrated Tuesday afternoon at the North City Congress, a senior center on North Broad Street. I met Carey through her dear friend Eilene Frierson, director of North City, who thought I'd enjoy spending time with Carey, who's a living embodiment of the arc of black migration from the South.
September 12, 2013 |
Hello there Matt's college buddy buzzed him in December 2009, hoping to bum a ride from Philadelphia International Airport to Lafayette College in Easton, so he could escort his girlfriend to her sorority's formal. "You could just go to the formal," texted his buddy, also named Matthew. "I don't think I can just go to a formal," replied Matt, who grew up in Sea Isle City, and had been living in Queen Village since earning his marine engineering degree at Massachusetts Maritime Academy the previous year.
September 9, 2013 |
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Life after Chip Kelly is just fine for Oregon's football program, ranked No. 2 in the country and honoring the culture Kelly built by continuing to accumulate points and bend necks with the up-tempo style that makes the Ducks a legitimate national-title contender. Oregon's 59-10 win over Virginia on Saturday advanced its record to 2-0 in the Ducks' first post-Chip season. They have outscored opponents by 112 points in two games. The scoring started two minutes into Saturday's game with a 71-yard touchdown run by quarterback Marcus Mariota, and was punctuated by a surprise two-point conversion.
September 5, 2013 |
Hello there Carol S. grew up in West Oak Lane, but spent much of her young adult life hopping the globe. In January 1983, back in Philadelphia after several years living in India, Sri Lanka, and other places, she decided to do some exploration of another kind. "I had always wondered if I were gay," she said. On a Friday night, Carol S. pulled up a bar stool at the now-defunct Sneakers in Old City, her first time ever at a gay bar. She nervously stirred her mixed drink, spilling ice from her glass.
September 1, 2013 |
He thought finding a house in Cherry Hill, his hometown, would be a cinch. Instead, David Griffith and his wife toured 43 properties back in 1990 before settling on a two-story, gray-sided dwelling on a quiet street. The allure of shopping malls, the close proximity to city nightlife, and the location a stone's throw from family were key to keeping the couple rooted in the township, but price was the top priority. "We weren't going to kill ourselves for the five-bedroom mansion and a soaring cathedral entry," he says.