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.
January 21, 2009 |
All is dark outside as the chartered bus rolls out of the parking lot of the Acme Market in Mount Airy. It is just after 2 a.m. More than 50 people are on board, mostly African Americans, all intent on witnessing history. Organized by Northwest Philly for Change, a political group, they are campaign workers, community leaders, business owners, high schoolers, mothers and grandmothers, fathers and sons. Theirs is a pilgrimage to Washington. A prayer is offered by a leader of the team, followed by a greeting and free advice from their driver: "Patience, I think, is going to be the word of the day. " Amid light snoring and purposeful whispers, Vernon Price pulls a sepia photograph from the pocket of his dark suit.
June 25, 2007 |
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia is honoring its 200th anniversary by offering its members a plenary indulgence, a practice begun in the Middle Ages that remains controversial and often confounding today. An indulgence, according to the church, allows Catholics who perform certain acts to shorten the time after death that their souls will have to spend in purgatory to atone for their sins. "It adds to the joy of the occasion, it allows each person a participation in the event, and it provides a lasting souvenir," Cardinal Justin Rigali told the archdiocese's 1.5 million members in a recent letter.