March 31, 2016 |
THE PARENTS: Haajar Aziz, 32, and Kamau Halim, 37, of Wynnefield THE KIDS: Laylah Aiyesha-Arlene and Malik Ashtar-Kamau, born Jan. 7, 2016 For Haajar and Kamau, parenthood - in fact, life itself - called for faith and planning. From the moment they met, introduced by older sisters who had been best friends for years, the couple shared a spiritual and a practical agenda. Kamau was finishing graduate work in Buffalo; Haajar had recently returned to Philadelphia after studying theology in Iran.
January 11, 2016 |
Edward Archer, the Yeadon man who confessed to shooting a city police officer "in the name of Islam," was arraigned Saturday on charges including attempted murder as a globe-spanning investigation stretched from the West Philadelphia crime scene to mosques and pilgrimage sites in the Middle East. Archer, 30, was ordered held without bond, pending a Jan. 25 preliminary hearing. But local police and federal terrorism investigators remained tight-lipped on any new information about the man whose brazen Thursday ambush of Officer Jesse Hartnett has restoked concerns of lone-wolf-style terror attacks like the one last month in San Bernardino, Calif.
May 18, 2014 |
SLIGO, Ireland - "The landscape isn't, strictly speaking, necessary," said Helen Vendler of Harvard University. She has written about and teaches about Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet William Butler Yeats and other great writers and had some advice about the presumed pleasure of combining place with poetry - a lure to which all too many literary junkies fall prey. My librarian wife and I knew the wordy part about Ireland fairly well, and where to find some of its low-land temples.
November 20, 2013 |
When he was 12, Edwin Brizuela tried to cross the border from Mexico to Arizona five times, on one occasion spending the night in a detention facility. When he eventually made it that year, he joined his parents, who had immigrated previously, and thought his family's challenges were over. "For a lot of us, it's worse here than in our own country," said Brizuela, 21, who now lives in Pennsauken. "They keep us in the shadows. We're not criminals. We just want to work. " Brizuela joined about 50 people Monday in Camden to launch a 150-mile, nine-day Pilgrimage for Citizenship organized by PICO New Jersey, a faith-based nonprofit organization, and Camden Churches Organized for People.
October 26, 2012 |
GETTYSBURG - Across four decades, the renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz has trained her lens on people - rock stars, movie stars, and presidents. The world's headline-makers. In 2009, suddenly thrust into the headlines herself after filing for bankruptcy and still recovering from the loss several years earlier of her longtime companion Susan Sontag and her father, she shifted focus inward. Leibovitz, 63, jotted down a list of people who changed the world through their writings, their art, their discoveries, and their leadership, and ventured out to explore their private places.
July 16, 2012
The Photo of the Week is a tie, both centering on America's sport. School's out, and "nothing says summer more than baseball, no matter what the age," wrote Kathy Clement of Havertown when she sent in this photo of her grandson Ryan, 8, warming up before pitching for his Little League team in Radnor. The Usher family of Audubon, Camden County, are the week's other winners. They are big fans of the game and made the pilgrimage to Cooperstown, N.Y. Bill Usher captured three of his children assuming the stance: Helene Frances, 7; Billy, 5; and Kieran, 3. Katharine, only 1, isn't quite up to batting yet, so she stayed with their mom, Helene.
June 17, 2012 |
BAGHDAD - Two car bombs in Iraq's capital killed at least 26 people Saturday on the last day of a Shiite pilgrimage already hit by bombings. The blasts, one in a heavily guarded area close to a revered shrine, raised the week's death toll to more than 100 and cast further doubt on the divided government's ability to secure the country after the American withdrawal. Black plumes of smoke filled the sky over Baghdad's northern Kazimiyah neighborhood, where the shrine to eighth-century saint Imam Moussa al-Kadhim draws hundreds of thousands of pilgrims each year.
April 1, 2012 |
We travel for many reasons, sometimes for a song. That's what took me in May to a hillside overlooking a country cottage near Armagh, Northern Ireland. Over hay wagon-wide farm roads, I tooled for hours in a little rental car on an improbable ride to the ancestral home of a musical hero, Tommy Makem. He died in 2007 and may not be Ireland's top dog in music anymore, or even remembered in America. But the Irish still call him "the godfather of Irish music. " And Makem was once so hot in America that at the 1961 Newport Folk Festival, they named him the most promising newcomer on the American folk scene.
February 17, 2012 |
ASBURY PARK, N.J. - This week the National Constitution Center premieres its exhibit dedicated to the Boss, "From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen," open through Sept. 3. But you can also take a weekend trip to see where it all began for Springsteen - in the actual Asbury Park, which is just a little over an hour's drive from Philadelphia. Springsteen's 1973 album Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. is a classic that not only told the world about the Jersey Shore but also gave the city a slogan it still uses today, even though the album showcased the tribulations of people living in a then-depressed town.
October 7, 2011 |
EMILIO Estevez's oddball road movie, "The Way," does not have a moneymaking bone in its body, and I mean that in a good way. It's a true indie, financed outside the system, promoted via an old-fashioned barnstorming tour by Estevez and his dad, Martin Sheen, who are riding around the U.S. in a bus, hosting promotional screenings. The whole thing is a family affair - the idea came from one of Estevez's own sons who, while living in Spain, learned of the ritual of the Camino de Santiago - an 800-kilometer spiritual pilgrimage through the Pyrenees and Basque region of Spain.