June 24, 2013
By Neil Greenberg Welcome to my idyllic corner of the world, Cheltenham Township. What a cornucopia of affable diversity. We have all the requisite ethnic and religious groups, immigrants from everywhere, and all the possible family structures: traditional marriages, divorces and remarriages, single parents, two-mommy and two-daddy households - I mean everything. And it all works out pretty well. On the rare occasions when we need the police, they're here in two minutes. Ten years ago, when my son Griffin was at Cheltenham High and my daughter Julia was in second grade at Myers Elementary, I wrote about their contrasting social experiences in an Inquirer op-ed.
April 21, 2013 |
To hear John Connors tell the story, he just sort of got involved with saving Penn Treaty Park when he wore a younger man's clothes. He doesn't even know if the legend - William Penn made nice here with the original Philadelphians - actually happened in 1682 under a big elm tree on a bendy curve along the Delaware River. The famous treaty was more of a handshake, a pledge of goodwill and peaceful intentions between the recently arrived Englishman and the native Lenni Lenape whose ancestors had dwelled in these parts since 2500 B.C. Almost a century later, Voltaire described this unique understanding as "the only treaty never sworn to and never broken.
October 11, 2011 |
NOW in its sixth nonviolent day outside City Hall, Occupy Philadelphia's tent village of hundreds who hope to cure society's ills has a steady flow of donated food, clothing and shelter - and seems to be settling in for the holidays. "We're 100 percent velvet, meaning peaceful," said Steve Ross of West Kensington, one of Occupy Philadelphia's many gentle, gung-ho organizers, who gave this reporter a tour of the sprawling settlement on Dilworth Plaza yesterday. "This dude lives in a tree," Ross said, stopping by a maple with a sleeping bag, a backpack, a supply hammock and an "Occupy the Trees" poster hanging from its branches.
May 3, 2011 |
DALLAS - For Stan Richards, sleeping on the job is a winning proposition. The chief executive of the Richards Group, well-known for keeping a peaceable kingdom in the often stressed-out advertising world, has converted a little extra space at his agency into four nap rooms. "There's a lot of data that an early-afternoon or midafternoon nap will increase productivity and energize a person," said Richards, showing off his sleeping pads last week. "I never worry about whether I'm going to get a fair shake from the people who work here.
September 26, 2010 |
Charles E. Hankin, 62, a woodworker and sculptor, died of lung cancer Monday, Sept. 13, at his home in Montgomery Township. In 2001, he completed painting a Peaceable Kingdom mural on the side of a building at 3107 N. 10th St., near Clearfield Street. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts sponsored it "as part of a series of murals on the peaceable kingdom theme," Amy Johnston, spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, wrote in an e-mail Tuesday. Mr. Hankin had a more intimate connection with the original than many who have worked on such murals.
April 10, 2008 |
The Fairmount Park Commission gave its blessing yesterday to a sprawling public sculpture by Tom Otterness that will transform the look and feel of Logan Square, one of Philadelphia's most iconic landscapes. Largely inspired by Edward Hicks' famous series of paintings The Peaceable Kingdom, Otterness' piece will consist of cast bronze groupings - large Lenape Indians meeting with diminutive Quakers, and gatherings of lions and lambs, oxen and wolves - set throughout what is known as Aviator Park, the underused acreage that stretches between the Franklin Institute, the Academy of Natural Sciences, and Alexander Calder's Swann Fountain.
December 26, 2004 |
In the constellation of American folk artists we most admire, Edward Hicks (1780-1849) shines with an especially dazzling light. His most famous painting is Peaceable Kingdom, of which he painted about 60 variations. That remarkable picture features a lion lying down with a lamb (as described in the Book of Isaiah scriptural text), while in the distance William Penn signs a treaty with the Indians. This image by the Quaker artist from Newtown, Bucks County, is one of the best-loved of all American folk art subjects.
October 1, 2003 |
The cheerful, shared entrance to the New Jersey State Aquarium and the Camden Children's Garden belies the stormy partnership within. Since shortly after the garden opened in 1999, the two waterfront tourist attractions have been at fierce odds over how to split ticket revenue. The garden even sued the aquarium last year, claiming that it had been shortchanged, an allegation that the aquarium denies. Now, as a private operator prepares to take over and expand the aquarium, the feud is coming to a head.
November 25, 1999 |
Peace is the daily priority at St. Francis de Sales School, in the heart of a multiethnic Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood dogged by violence. "Peace" at the Roman Catholic elementary school of 510 students from 26 nations can be as simple as holding doors for classmates. "Peace" can be as brave as breaking up or preventing fights. "Peace" can be as hard as talking out disputes at a table rather than picking up a rock on the playground. For seven years of modeling, teaching and celebrating nonviolence, the "Peace Program" of the school at 47th Street and Springfield Avenue was honored this month by the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.
October 9, 1999
If the Philadelphia Museum of Art wants to beef up attendance for the two fine special exhibitions opening tomorrow, here's a suggestion: Ask Mayor Rendell to denounce them. Guaranteed, there will be lines all the way back to City Hall. Just like those outside the Brooklyn Art Museum ever since New York Mayor Giuliani blasted a special exhibition there because he considers one of the paintings blasphemous. True, it's tough to find a religious icon in "Worldly Goods: The Arts of Early Pennsylvania" or in "The Kingdoms of Edward Hicks," but the many versions of Hicks' masterpiece, "Peaceable Kingdom," are as close as you're going to get to a Quaker icon (if that isn't a contradiction in terms)