April 27, 2015 |
THEY WERE the anti-bluebloods, two self-described "knuckleheads from Northeast Philly" who were on the front lines of a horse-racing feast that began in Arkansas and moved on to Kentucky, Maryland and finally New York in the spring of 2005. It was a time unlike any in Triple Crown history, if you hung with Chuck Zacney and Joe Lerro. Others might have gotten more money out of the three races or had a horse with more residual value as a stallion. Nobody ever had more fun than the Ryan and Judge grads who insisted that absolutely everybody be a part of it. They knew instinctively it was a once-in-a-lifetime deal, and they wanted to share.
February 4, 2015 |
There are few true American heroes whose reputations haven't been tarnished with time. Deaf and blind Helen Keller and her indefatigable teacher, Annie Sullivan, are two of them. Media Theatre's production of The Miracle Worker is only the latest to introduce William Gibson's adaptation of Keller's autobiography, The Story of My Life , to another generation, but it's a welcome introduction. Gibson's take on the Keller-Sullivan relationship has seen iterations on radio, television, film (three times)
January 19, 2015 |
An ancient, highly porous form of charcoal is being touted as a godsend for soil health and fertility - transforming farms, home gardens, and urban and suburban landscapes. It might even combat climate change. Any wonder they're calling biochar a "miracle product"? "It's important not to promise too much, but this is mind-popping stuff," says Dale Hendricks, owner of Green Light Plants, a wholesale organic nursery in Landenberg, Chester County, who talks up biochar to public gardens and local garden clubs, and cooks his own in barrels, kilns, and a wood stove.
January 14, 2015 |
FOR ONE NIGHT at least, Rob Zepp was the kid in net, facing an old guy with buckets and buckets of experience. "Thirty-three is the new 23," he would joke afterward, but in a game in which the NHL's best-scoring team was pummeled by one of its lesser ones, it wasn't nearly the funniest anecdote of the night. Zepp is, after all, only 33 and the guy on the other end of the ice, Evgeni Nabokov, the brick-wall netminder of San Jose's playoff runs for much of the last decade, is 39 years and 5 months old. Zepp was playing his second-ever NHL game after a lifetime of dreaming, and Nabokov was well past his 700th, and for every bit of the 22 minutes and 36 seconds he was out there, the "Russian Wall" was dropping bricks as if it was he who had come from Berlin, not Zepp.
December 19, 2014 |
The holiday season is a time when I want to impress friends and family with a special meal, but I don't want to miss all the fun and socializing and arrive at the table sweaty and exhausted. Since I want the meal to register a notch above a typical supper, I've learned it's best to plan a menu that can be prepared largely ahead of time, with a few quick trips to the kitchen during cocktail hour. Rich, indulgent ingredients like red meat, red wine, cream, and chocolate can make the simplest dishes taste extraordinary, and they're the perfect way to savor a celebratory meal during a cold, dark winter evening.
September 29, 2014 |
I'm a mystery writer, but now I have a real-life mystery to solve: There are three cats in my house. Which one is peeing in my bedroom? Where is Nancy Drew when you need her? By the way, if you don't want to hear about wee-wee in your weekly column, read no further. But if you, like me, are plagued by the problems of the pets that purport to love you, come along for the ride. Bring your own blue roadster, like the Girl Detective. You won't need a magnifying glass, but a roll of paper towels and a jug of Nature's Miracle would come in handy. If you don't know what Nature's Miracle is, you've come to the right place.
September 14, 2014 |
After a summer of hard work by volunteers from its congregation, assisted by one apparent miracle, Trinity Presbyterian Church in Cherry Hill is ready to celebrate its renovated sanctuary. Tired of the lackluster appearance of the worship space, and with a big milestone approaching - the 50th anniversary - church members decided this year it was time for a makeover. In June, with a slew of projects and limited funds, the volunteers gathered in the sanctuary with ladders, paint brushes, and power tools, and took on the laborious tasks themselves.
June 19, 2014 |
UNDER PRESSURE from Congress, TV physician Mehmet Oz yesterday offered to help "drain the swamp" of unscrupulous marketers using his name to peddle so-called miracle pills and cure-alls to millions of Americans desperate to lose weight. Oz appeared before the Senate's consumer-protection panel and was scolded by chairwoman Claire McCaskill , D-Mo., for claims he made about weight-loss aids on "The Dr. Oz Show. " Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon, acknowledged that although he never endorsed specific companies or brands, he did, perhaps, gush a bit too much about green coffee and other supplements.
June 6, 2014 |
THERE WERE 32 team doctors at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, and every one of them examined Henry Josey's left knee. Thirty-two times, Josey hopped up on a table and offered up his scars from three surgeries. At an average of 10 minutes per exam, Josey would have spent 5 hours and 20 minutes being twisted and prodded, without allowing for downtime between appointments. It was a long day. "I came in, it felt like the place just shut down," Josey, a running back from Missouri, said yesterday at NovaCare, after finishing his organized team activity workout with the Eagles.
February 13, 2014 |
Shirley Temple Black, the child star and diplomat who died Monday night in Woodside, Calif., at age 85, probably achieved more during her first decade of life than any American in history. Her indefatigable optimism on screen buoyed a nation sinking in the Depression, and saved 20th Century Fox from bankruptcy. She was Hollywood's top draw from 1935 to 1938, winning unprecedented popularity that led to Shirley Temple dolls, bowls, mugs, dresses, books, and accessories that showed movie entrepreneurs the gold to be mined from ancillary products.