May 9, 2015 |
Robert L. Monette, 63, of Solebury, who overcame daunting physical ailments to become a lawyer, instructor, and motivational speaker, died Sunday, May 3, of cancer at home. Born in Lawrence, Mass., Mr. Monette had spina bifida and other conditions that caused doctors to give him only days to live. But despite numerous operations and long hospital stays, he lived an active, distinguished life. Mr. Monette always gave credit to his parents for encouraging him to live as normally as possible.
January 16, 2015 |
BERNARD HOPKINS could spend his 50th birthday today on Miami Beach, where he has a condo. He could spend it in the Philadelphia area enjoying a celebratory night out. Instead, he'll spend today, and the rest of the weekend, in Las Vegas, with his Golden Boy Promotions partners, watching their heavyweight, Alabama knockout king Deontay Wilder, attempt to become America's next heavyweight titleholder. All business, all the time. After all, that's what's gotten Hopkins to this point in his crazy, improbable career.
November 14, 2013 |
JENNIFER LAWRENCE , temporary Philadelphian (when she was filming "Silver Linings Playbook" with Rydal's own Bradley Cooper , who's still getting national props for his good behavior at the recent Germantown Academy 20-year reunion), wins all the contests. Walking the red carpet Monday night at the London premiere of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," the actress noticed a young woman in a wheelchair behind the security barricade, crying. Lawrence moved the metal fencing so she could have a moment with her fan. The actress knelt down, had a chat, gave an autograph, got their picture taken and offered a heartfelt hug. Afterward, Lawrence had no comment about the encounter, because, obviously, she is a humble, normal, good (almost)
June 7, 2013 |
NEW YORK - On a radio show they hosted called "The Pursuit of Happiness," John Littig and Lynne Rosen urged listeners to embrace spontaneity. "So much about life is about impulse," Littig said on a broadcast this year on an FM station in New York, WBAI. "It's about doing it right now. " A shocking decision the couple made together appeared more methodical: Police say they killed themselves side by side as part of a suicide pact. Autopsies found that both Littig, 47, and Rosen, 45, died from asphyxiation after inhaling helium, a spokeswoman for medical examiner's office said yesterday.
April 12, 2013 |
MUSIC as bully pulpit? More like music as bully-basher. Devyn Rush is on the right side of the horn; the songs she writes and sings are a soulful shout-out to victims of bullying from someone who's been there. Now 23, the native Philadelphian still recalls her experiences at Baldi Middle School, in the Northeast. Too skinny, too awkward, too - out there. "I always was made to feel like an outsider," she said. "I never fit in. " A former "American Idol" contestant (she made it to Hollywood during Season 10 two years ago - you may recall the "Singing Waitress")
January 8, 2013
FIVE YEARS ago, Syreeta Scott felt stuck. Business was bustling at Duafe Holistic Hair Care, which specializes in locs, coils and other Afrocentric styles that don't require harsh chemical straighteners. Magazines like Essence were talking about her salon as the place to get your hair done in Philly, and celebrities like Jill Scott (no relation), Smokey Robinson, Vivian Green and Questlove frequented the shop. Scott, though, was plagued with inner turmoil and self-doubt. It was time to make a change, to move her business from a cramped space in North Philly to a place where it could grow, but she couldn't seem to make the leap.
December 13, 2012 |
YOU DON'T have to believe in miracles to own the jersey Mike Eruzione wore - and the stick he used - in the U.S.'s 4-3 win over the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y. The items will, according to SportsCollectorsDaily.com, be auctioned at Heritage Auction's Winter Platinum Night in Manhattan in February. The U.S. captain used the stick to score the game-winner in the medal-round game that has become known as the "Miracle on Ice. " According to the website, the white No. 21 jersey is estimated to be worth $1 million.
December 4, 2012 |
J IM SMITH JR., 51, of Mount Laurel, is the founder, president and chief executive officer of JIMPACT Enterprises Inc. A native of West Philadelphia, he is a motivational speaker, trainer and coach and, most recently, the author of "The No Excuse Guide to Success. " He's also an adjunct faculty member for the Rutgers University Executive (and International) MBA programs and its traditional MBA program. Q: How did you start your business? A: I was a manager at the Vanguard Group, and part of my job was to help managers become better leaders.
November 30, 2012
If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time. Attitude, not aptitude, determines altitude. Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile, and a grateful heart. There are no traffic jams on the extra mile. Be grateful. Believe. Try. Zig Ziglar said so, over and over and over, and he made a fine living doing it. For more than 40 years he traveled the nation and the world as a motivational speaker, stirring corporate groups with his distinctive blend of sound-bite optimism, country wit, Christian faith, and good-natured nudging for people to see the bright side of life.
November 29, 2012 |
PLANO, TEXAS - In Zig Ziglar's world, the morning alarm rang on the "opportunity clock. " And "if you aren't on fire" when you get to work, "then your wood is wet. " And you have to remember that "money's not the most important thing in life, but it's reasonably close to oxygen. " And there will be setbacks, but "failure is an event, not a person. " Ziglar, a motivational speaker whose "Success Rallies," "Born to Win" seminars, more than 25 self-help books and countless audiotapes attracted millions of devoted followers with homespun advice on career advancement and moral uplift, died Nov. 28 at a hospital in the Dallas suburb of Plano.