July 30, 2015 |
Temple's football team had just finished its last summer workout. The players all walked upstairs for lunch inside Temple's practice facility on Diamond Street. Places were set, formally. "You don't touch anything on the table, not even a sip of water, until the host does," the players were told. Football players are used to precise actions - pointing a foot at a slightly wrong angle can blow up a play - so maybe it shouldn't be a surprise that Temple players seemed to immediately catch on to what was required of them.
April 1, 2013 |
Carleen Hamilton wrote the first poem on a napkin, sitting in a coffee shop in Bermuda, on their honeymoon, Oct. 29, 1974. Oh, how I glowe and grew to inconceivable brilliance in his loving fire. And we were called Sun and Moon. Complete life. Virtually every workday for the next 29 years, she wrote a poem on a napkin and packed it in her husband's lunch. And George Hamilton, director of the Fels Planetarium at the Franklin Institute, inspired by his new wife, her poetry, her devotion, and his own happiness, returned the kindness.
October 26, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Fashion designer J. Wesley Tann had a piece of advice for the six women who signed up for his city-sponsored class on home decorating. "The Dollar Store makes you look so good," Tann told them. "You'll wonder how you ever got along without it. " Tann, an impeccably dressed octogenarian, has become an etiquette expert and event planner in Newark. He is now showing city residents how to make their homes more beautiful on a budget. The new class aims to bring city beautification indoors with small, inexpensive dashes of flair.
November 11, 2010 |
Guess who's coming to Thanksgiving dinner? Guests with diabetes, lactose intolerance, celiac disease, high blood pressure, acid reflux, and peanut allergies. Vegans will be at the table too, and so will vegetarians, so you'd better know the difference. Suddenly it seems, the people you've known for years, the very friends and family who eagerly devoured your sumptuous gravy-smothered, carb-laden menu in the past, say they cannot eat, digest, or even share a table with wheat, soy, or seafood.
April 19, 2009 |
The cashier at a Dunkin' Donuts drive-thru in West Philadelphia wraps a single brown napkin around a foam cup before handing it to a motorist bracing for a messy ride over potholes. Hang on! Wasn't it just a few months ago that batches of plush white napkins would pass through this window like door prizes for drivers? "One more napkin, please?" "Sure," the cashier says, and out comes another sheet of recycled fiber that flaps in the breeze. "They only come out one at a time.
May 5, 2008 |
You can chart the steady return of tourists - the lifeblood of New Orleans - to the city in many ways. The convention bureau tracks the numbers, and so do the city's marketing agency and the airport. Even parking-lot attendants will make educated guesses. But if you want an indication that tourists have returned in strength to a city devastated by Hurricane Katrina three summers back, take a look at the landmark Caf? du Monde, the most famous coffeehouse in America, and arguably the world.
December 7, 2007 |
I love holiday decorating. This is the one time of year I really commune with both my inner Martha Stewart and my inner child. It's when I get to spend hours crafting wreaths, cutting angel shapes out of old Christmas cards, fussing over mantel displays, and obsessing about centerpieces and garland. When I'm done, my house is transformed into a magical place where candles flicker, glass ornaments sparkle, and greenery scents the air. All of which helps explain why I braved an icy rain Sunday morning to drive 15 miles to the Pottery Barn store in Glen Mills for a holiday-decorating class.
August 28, 2006 |
The Eagles finally won something as Invincible, the story of hometown hero Vince Papale, debuted as the top weekend movie with $17 million. The movie, which stars Mark Wahlberg as Papale and Greg Kinnear as coach Dick Vermeil, shot many scenes in Philadelphia last year. While we know why people here would love the movie (E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles!), Disney honcho Chris LeRoy compared the flick with other inspirational sports tales, such as The Rookie (baseball) and Miracle (hockey)
May 20, 2006 |
A city already rocked by drug overdoses, reverse stings and drug-ring busts yesterday was grappling with the news that a 4-year-old boy had brought a small amount of marijuana to a Head Start center. The drugs were found Thursday morning when the child motioned to get a teacher's attention at a Head Start facility at Broadway and Pine Street, said Bill Shralow, a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. Shralow said the boy was holding a napkin wrapped around a "minuscule" amount of marijuana.
April 11, 2005 |
Lamont Adams must have known they were coming for him. The night before the 16-year-old was killed just blocks from his North Philadelphia home, he wrote a few lines on a white paper napkin at the dinner table, then left it behind when the meal was over. His grandmother Jennie Clark found the note later that evening. "Lamont Adams was gunned down, son of Daneen Adams and James Edward Mathis," it read. Clark, shaking, went to her grandson's room and confronted him with his own words.