July 24, 2016 |
DEAR ABBY: While our daughter was on vacation with our small grandkids, she bought them postcards and suggested they write us about their vacation. She said she laughed when the kids finished with the cards because she hadn't realized they didn't know how to write a postcard. The children had turned the cards sideways and had written across the entire card from top to bottom. Not wanting to hurt their feelings, she found a half-inch space on one side and, in tiny print, wrote our names and address.
May 15, 2016
Postcards from the Dead Letter Office By Dawn Manning Burlesque Press. 69 pp. $14.99 Reviewed by Frank Wilson Tanka, Dawn Manning explains in her introduction to these poems, is a very old form of Japanese lyric poetry, dating back more than 1,300 years. It is more expansive than the later haiku form, boasting 31 sound units (called on ) compared to haiku's mere 17. Those 17 syllables are admirably concise. But a 31-syllable tanka, Manning points put, "can feel long, so it is more accurate to think of a tanka as a five-line poem that can be said in about two breaths.
March 17, 2016 |
One postcard was a simple picture of London's Leicester Square tube stop. It read: "He said 'You can fall in love and live a lifetime in just a moment. And then he was gone. 30 years later, I still dream about the boy I never knew. " Another card, postmarked Denver, stated: "I just turned 37 and still hope for money in my birthday cards. " Every week, PostSecret creator Frank Warren gets hundreds of postcards at his home at 13345 Cooper Ridge Rd., Germantown, Md., 20874. The former suicide hotline counselor started putting his home address out in the public eye in 2005.
February 7, 2016 |
Kathleen Moon won't be voting in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, but she's arguably more invested in Granite State politics than most of its residents. The 57-year-old proprietor and chef of Laughing Horse Lodge, a bed-and-breakfast in Swan Lake, Mont., has spent the last month driving from village to village in New Hampshire playing political tourist while getting up-close-and-personal with the presidential candidates. As of the middle of last week, she had seen seven make their pitches.
February 12, 2014 |
On the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, I'm listening (OK, singing along) to the Fab Four at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood. Sunday's concert, billed as the ultimate tribute, promised "note-for-note renditions" so "uncanny" as to persuade us we were watching "the real thing. " It turns out the talented professional mop-tops on the stage are convincing, at least musically. As for the visuals, the skinny suits are sleek, "Paul" is adorable, and "George" is plausible, but "Ringo" and "John" look about as much like their counterparts as I do. Maybe less.
February 9, 2014 |
The federal government says a new designation as a "Promise Zone" holds the possibility of transforming a big, ailing chunk of West Philadelphia. Robert Morris Skaler can remember when the area didn't need a zone to have promise. He was born there, grew up there, and forever after remained interested in the place and its potential. As a boy, he lived on the boundary of Mantua and Belmont, an area that in the 1940s held not just a healthy middle-class population but something that to him was more intriguing: a stock of big Victorian and Italianate houses, the envy of any in Philadelphia.
February 10, 2013
Recognized as one of the world's preeminent fiber artists, Lenore Tawney (1907-2007) also had a magical touch with paper. Her collages, assemblages, and postcards are being displayed side by side with her fiber-art pieces at the University of the Art's Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery in one half of the two-venue exhibition "Lenore Tawney: Wholly Unlooked For. " It's a tandem effort with the Maryland Institute College of Art, which is showing Tawney's drawings, weavings,...
February 3, 2013 |
Thirty-four years and what looked like a century ago, I traveled inside what was then known as Red China. With official United States recognition approaching, the People's Republic opened its doors. Having studied in Taiwan, I received a limited visa and missed the Great Wall and other sites. After teaching Chinese culture for 30 years, I returned in November. What we saw on my return was more contemporary than I anticipated, and being there was inspiring. Here were 12-lane highways intersecting modern, crowded cities; stores with merchandise aplenty; and a fashionably dressed, vibrant people.
February 2, 2013 |
February, the most fleeting month of the year, will offer four sales featuring paper ephemera, including autographs; historical and political correspondence; postcards and greeting cards; and a bird's-eye view of Manhattan by Currier & Ives. The autographs, including signed books and photographs of theatrical figures, such as Spencer Tracy in Army uniform, will be included in Freeman's sale at 2 p.m. Feb. 12 of books and manuscripts. The sale is being billed as a prelude to Freeman's much bigger sale on April 4 and 5, which will offer two major collections.
April 22, 2012 |
As we were leaving the temple of Angkor Wat a boy who looked to be about 10 years old sidled up alongside us. It's hard to guess someone's age in Cambodia, where the people are slight, even by Asian standards. His little legs matched our stride as he walked with us and offered to sell 10 postcards for a dollar. After touring Asia for two months, we've grown accustomed to aggressive hawkers, so we usually put on our game face and stoically work our way through the throngs selling everything from T-shirts to ginseng to who knows what.