September 29, 2005 |
As Karrine Steffans recounts in her bawdy memoir, Confessions of a Video Vixen, there were plenty of rock-bottom moments for a chick who lived completely over the top: drug-induced seizures, living in her car, being passed around like a collection plate. But now she's reveling in success: She has sold more than 100,000 books in three months, is happily dating political humorist Bill Maher, and is promoting her story as more cautionary than salacious. "It would be hypocritical to say you shouldn't go into the video industry at all," says Steffans, who will discuss her book at Warmdaddy's on Sunday.
November 30, 1998 |
It is a bond that surpasses the normal mother-child relationship. Saman Sok, a 47-year-old refugee from Cambodia, and her 10-month-old baby, Jonathan, are inseparable. She constantly cradles him on her lap or on her hip, straightening his clothes and smoothing back his silky black hair. He is the link between her past and future. When she looks at him, Sok sees more than the youngest of her 10 children. She sees her husband. Sok believes Jonathan is the reincarnation of her 44-year-old husband, Sophal Mech, a carpenter and handyman she met in the Thai refugee camps.
October 12, 1993 |
There's a pretty decent musical score bouncing around the Bushfire Theatre these evenings, a potpourri of agreeable tunes and toe-tapping rhythms in desperate search of a musical. The enterprise at the West Philadelphia playhouse is called Bo!, and there's something ironically apt about the fact that the cast list in the program inadvertently omits the character who gives the show its name. He's Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, the legendary tap-dancer who died in 1949, and Bo! is billed as a loose examination of his life.
October 29, 1997 |
The Buck Hotel has closed. Again. The Feasterville hotel was built in 1735 as a tavern. It has gone through three owners in the last 10 years - one of whom was ordered by a Bucks County judge to pay more than $11,000 to make good on bad checks and to pay restitution to a client who lost wedding and banquet deposits when the former owner abruptly closed the hotel on New Year's Day 1993. Associations with those details of the hotel's past life have forced it to close, said Steven Senopoulos, president of J.J.A.
September 23, 2005 |
While I sorted through my sun-and-sand vacation photos one morning, I started to wonder why we take photographs. And why I feel so compelled to keep them. Several times a year, I go through the ritual of writing people's names, places and dates on the back of the photos and placing them in the latest of the many albums I've collected. For as long as I can remember, my mother carefully saved and arranged her children's baby pictures, school photos, and scenes of family activities.
August 13, 2012 |
After a triumphant landing, the Curiosity rover is ready to search Mars for signs of past life or suitability for life. Several readers have raised concerns that NASA scientists might fail to recognize life if it isn't based on carbon or is otherwise radically different from our kind of life. It's true that biologists don't have a single agreed-upon definition of life, and often end up with a laundry list of characteristics instead. That's been a concern for NASA, and so in the 1990s, the space agency convened a panel to try to define life, said Steve Benner, a biologist from the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution (FfAME)
March 19, 1998 |
The way Maryland point guard Terrell Stokes figures it, youth left him at an early age. "I just grew up faster than everybody else. . . . Believe it or not, I was grown up at 11 years old," Stokes, a Gratz graduate from Philadelphia, said yesterday. He went on to volunteer why this was so: "I was selling drugs at 11, making two or three thousand a night. . . . I was one of the youngest, biggest drug dealers in Philadelphia at the time. " After he was arrested while in junior high and sent to the Sleighton School, a youth correctional facility in Delaware County, Stokes said he vowed to leave the street life behind.
August 27, 2001 |
As church suppers go, the potluck at Pebble Hill Church in Doylestown was thoroughly traditional: Folks at picnic tables ate chicken, barbecued ribs, baked beans, and peach-blueberry pie. But this was not exactly a typical church crowd. The talk on this sultry summer night in Bucks County was about past lives, spirit guides, angels, spaceships, and the future of the universe. "We believe universal brotherhood has to be extended to other worlds," said Lynn Volpe of New Hope, who along with her husband, Anthony, has a special interest in UFOs.
December 24, 2002 |
Gene Autry has long since invaded my house. So have Burl Ives, Bing Crosby, Johnny Mathis, Dolly Parton, Ella Fitzgerald and Celine Dion. It wasn't even Thanksgiving before the radio went on full blast, courtesy of my husband and the 24-hour holiday music format of WSNI-FM ("Sunny" 104.5). By late November, I was already feeling anything but "sunny. " So reluctantly I gave up the fight and surrendered to the "delightful holiday music. " My sons emulate their father - who I am convinced was Santa in a past life - and rock back and forth to "Jingle Bell Rock.
February 23, 1999 |
If you're going to take a risk in the NBA, take a 7-3 risk. That was true all the way back to Utah taking a shot with 7-5 auto mechanic Mark Eaton, the 76ers making 7-6 Shawn Bradley the No. 2 pick in the draft, Don Nelson being fascinated with 7-7 Dinka tribesman Manute Bol. And that is how Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Wayne Embry has always looked at Zydrunas Ilgauskas, the 7-3 Lithuanian center who is out for the remainder of the season...