February 14, 2016 |
SINCE ITS founding two years ago, the Center for Contemporary Mysticism (CfCM) at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill has aimed to stretch the boundaries of what's sacred. Its members seek ways to "connect with things spiritual and mystical in the world when we might not be looking for it or even recognize it as such," says Joseph Irwin, the center's coordinator. The group's eclectic events programming - including talks by visiting authors and mystics, and classes in mindfulness and meditation - is already attracting hundreds of patrons.
September 6, 2015 |
Sri Lanka. Even the name sounds exotic, conjuring images of mystical journeys, long-ago kingdoms, and towering temples. But the country, where I recently spent four weeks on vacation and business, is also very much of our modern age. That contrast is at the heart of Sri Lanka's charm and rhythm, and can be felt everywhere in this island nation of 20 million. Take Sigiriya. On a glorious mid-June morning, I walked the 1,200-or-so steps to the top of this ancient rock palace and fortress and surveyed the surrounding countryside in awed contemplation.
February 3, 2015 |
A HURRICANE hurtling toward Ms. Love's Mystical Island will destroy a magical orchid that protects the Earth's ozone layer - unless four urban kids can decipher an ancient map's clues and find the scattered pieces of a supernatural crystal in time. Susan Love, 45, of Somerton, hopes her first e-book, Ms. Love's Mystical Island Adventure , grabs her young readers in the same way she has inspired writing students during 18 years in the Philadelphia public schools. Ten years ago, when Love taught second-graders at Luis Munoz Marin Elementary School in North Philadelphia and then fifth- and sixth-graders at Penn Treaty Middle School in Fishtown, she connected with her ethnically diverse students by researching and celebrating their island ancestries.
August 1, 2014 |
WHEN LAST HE visited the subject of mystics, Woody Allen gave us the curdled "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. " In that movie, magical thinking was for the small-minded, and happiness itself was for the desperate and delusional. "Magic in the Moonlight" has caught Allen in an improved "Midnight in Paris" mood, and he's made a better movie, or at least one that gives us a less cynical take on the possibility of earthly contentment. There's hope, he suggests, even for misanthropes and skeptics.
July 30, 2014 |
Stephanie Feldman's debut novel, The Angel of Losses , is haunting. Even more gripping than the real and imagined folktales that Feldman weaves into the book, however, is her exploration of sisterly rifts and bonds and family secrets shrouded by time. She'll have a launch party for the book at 7 Tuesday night at Main Point Books in Bryn Mawr. "I was always interested in ghost stories, and when I started this book, that's how I thought of it - as a story about family, a ghost story about a family, and a ghost story about history," Feldman said in an interview.
July 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Chicago's Elena Delle Donne suffered a concussion yesterday and is questionable for the All-Star game this weekend. Delle Donne fell to the court while going for a loose ball against Washington and left the game with about a minute left in the third quarter. She didn't return and the Sky lost, 82-78. "She's not nauseous now," said Sky coach Pokey Chatman, who confirmed the injury after the Mystics' team doctor examined Delle Donne. "She's groggy, headache . . . moving gingerly.
April 12, 2013 |
The title may sound like an anthology of author Dan Brown's best sellers, but in fact this new series falls into an increasingly popular genre: historical fantasy. ("I'm sure Peter Stuyvesant was a perfectly capable administrator. But wouldn't it be more interesting if he could shoot lasers out of his eyes that would kill zombies?") In this Starz original, which debuts after the series finale of Spartacus , our dashing hero is the quintessential Renaissance Man, Leonardo da Vinci (rakishly played by Brit Tom Riley)
January 6, 2013 |
The news, more than a year ago, that the 56-year-old musician Danny DeGennaro was murdered in his mother's home in Levittown caused little stir beyond the Bucks County area. Various websites and blogs noted that he had been a member of the Grateful Dead-inspired band Kingfish, and that he had played with the also recently deceased Clarence Clemons. But that was it. There was so much more to it. To him. I heard Danny for the first time nearly 20 years ago, in the spring of 1993.
January 24, 2012 |
Joe Turner's Come and Gone is a big, strong, juicy play, and Plays & Players' production is just as big, strong, and juicy. Representing the second decade in August Wilson's "Century Cycle," Joe Turner takes place a hundred years ago in 1911, a suitable choice for Plays & Players Theater's 100th anniversary. While the building may be old, the company is new; it's led by Daniel Student, who is rapidly proving himself a young director of range and vision. Joe Turner - brother of Pete Turner, a late-19th-century governor of Tennessee - arbitrarily seized black men off the streets and forced them into slave farm labor for periods of seven years.
March 27, 2011 |
The George Inness who is featured in a small gem of an exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art isn't the Inness one typically encounters in public collections of American art. The more familiar Inness is something of a mystic, a painter of fuzzy, dreamy landscapes that are as much imagined as observed. The protagonist of "George Inness in Italy" projects a different sensibility. Although a native-born American, he draws his inspiration from 17th-century Old Masters and the French Barbizon painters of his own time.