October 28, 2009
FOR EACH TOPIC this postseason, Charlie Manuel has a story, an anecdote, an allegory. So it was the other day when Ryan Howard's pre-at-bat meditation came up. Nothing unusual, Charlie insisted. See it all the time. "Willie Davis, he used to hum," the Phillies' manager was saying, and wel-l-l, away we went again. You spend 47 years of your life inside of professional baseball, traveling from Wisconsin to Tokyo, something always reminds you of something else. Willie Davis played for the Dodgers in the 1960s and 1970s.
July 2, 2009 |
To have any shot at enjoying the sci-fi mystery "Moon" you have to stop reading about it. There probably isn't one review in 50 that will refrain from spilling the movie's beans, since there is almost no way to examine the movie without doing so. So let us carefully say that "Moon" is a decent example of the kind of space-exploration movie we've seen since the original "Alien. " This type of movie (think "Outland") departs from the classic "Space Odyssey" view of space (antiseptic, mystical)
April 6, 2009 |
OM TOGETHER, right now, over me. An all-star concert on meditation brought Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr together for their first performance together since the Concert for George seven years ago. The reunion of McCartney and Starr was the highlight of the "Change Begins Within" benefit concert on Saturday night at Radio City Music Hall to benefit the David Lynch Foundation, which aims to teach at-risk youth meditation techniques. Saturday's concert, which also featured Sheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder, Donovan and others, ran for about four hours.
March 5, 2009 |
"Sometimes the only way out," says Jenny Phillips, "is in. " That's the jailhouse mantra at the Donaldson Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Bessemer, Ala. The barbed-wire-wreathed bunker resembles the cheerless pen in The Shawshank Redemption except that at Donaldson, murderers serving life terms don't break out. At least not physically. Mentally though, through a Vipassana meditation program introduced by Phillips in 2002, some Donaldson inmates are breaking the cycles of anger and revenge that got them there in the first place.
February 16, 2009 |
It could have been a rock concert for the laid-back set. On stage at the Annenberg Center's Zellerbach Theater Feb. 6, Jon Kabat-Zinn played to a rapturous sellout crowd, there to absorb, even be transformed by, his prescription of hope for a troubled world. Kabat-Zinn, 64, is the country's meditator-in-chief, the molecular biologist who introduced mindful meditation to traditional medicine back in 1979 and who, through the next three decades, ushered it into the medical mainstream.
January 23, 2009 |
Wearing a blue hoodie, pants cut off at the knee and tan sneakers, Wendy Carroll is on the run from her own sad life. In her 20s and alone, she pulls into a drizzly Oregon town, has car problems, gets into trouble with the law, and then loses her dog, Lucy. That's about the sum of what happens in Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy , except to say that somehow, thanks to an extraordinary performance from Michelle Williams and an exceptionally deft hand from her director, this low-budget and loping little film is a genuine heartbreaker.
January 11, 2009 |
Peta Raabe, 56, of Society Hill, a founding partner of Lager Raabe Skafte Landscape Architects, who designed the Wellness Community of Philadelphia's cancer meditation garden in Fairmount Park and other green spaces that beautify the city, died of breast cancer Wednesday at Pennsylvania Hospital. In the last 20 years, she and her partners designed several major open-space projects in Philadelphia, including the expansion and renovation of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Aviator Park at Logan Square, the slope at JFK Boulevard near 30th Street Station, playgrounds at Clark Park and Shot Tower, a master plan for Old City, and landscape guidelines for the Parkway.
December 22, 2008 |
Michelle Gossett has ovarian cancer that has metastasized to her liver, colon, bladder and uterus. She had just had a punishing chemotherapy treatment that will make her feel intensely ill in a day or so. But on this night she is participating in a session on mindful meditation, one in a series of eight led by Michael Baime, a physician who has just been named director of mind-body medicine at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania....
July 20, 2008 |
Sarah Elliott always had trouble meditating. The psychic benefits of yoga also left her cold. But the lawyer-turned-stay-at-home-mother struck spiritual gold when she walked her first labyrinth. "It really hooked me early on," said Elliott, who chairs the Labyrinth Project at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Fort Washington. Labyrinths are not mazes intended to confuse the walker, she says, but a single path that leads to the center and back out again. The Rev. Marek P. Zabriskie, rector at St. Thomas, hopes to have an outdoor labyrinth at the church by spring.
May 25, 2007 |
The students stand silently, arms arcing up and out like a blossom unfolding in the sun. It's a particularly apt metaphor here in the East Conservatory at Longwood Gardens. In warm weather, Linda Welti Piotrowski's tai chi class practices outside on the patio overlooking the gardens' famous fountains. But gathering on cooler days inside this soaring glass house, with its tropical palms and rushing water, is a gift unto itself. "There's always so much beauty here," says student Lyn Johnson, a retired merchandise coordinator who lives down the road.