April 8, 2012 |
William B. McNamee told his grandson a secret about memory, even as he was losing his own memory to Alzheimer's. One day, we'll be strangers . . . but you can remember the way we held hands when the wind moves through your fingers. McNamee, an orthopedic surgeon from Drexel Hill, died in 2003. Six years later, as Matthew Ross Smith drove along the Schuylkill - with a hand out the window in the early-spring breeze - his grandfather's words came back to him. Thus was born the Spaces Between Your Fingers Project, which offers people across America a chance to connect by tracing their handprints on postcards.
December 30, 2011 |
While I'm away, readers give the advice. On people who see therapy as an admission of weakness: I'm a guy. I'm also someone you might have met at a Mensa meeting years ago when I was kind of an elitist, arrogant toe rag. Going to a therapist is something I just would not have done; so much of my self-worth was wrapped in being smarter than people that admitting I needed help thinking through something would have been unthinkable....
November 13, 2011
Postcard apps are getting better. Many send real postcards from smartphone images; with this app, though, postcards are created so quickly that you can spend more time taking the perfect photo. Name: Postcard on the Run Available for: Android and iPhone What it does: Helps you turn smartphone camera images into real postcards that can be sent anywhere in the world. Cost: The app is free, but mailing the postcards starts at $1.49. What's hot: Don't sweat it if you don't have a person's mailing address.
October 17, 2010
Nowadays, it's easy to become too dependent on wireless communication gadgets. Apostcardaday.blogspot.com reminds us of times when life was simpler. What's hot: Readers get to view a postcard each day from a different part of the world from the collections of Sheila Milne, of Dover, England, and her father. Some listings add notes about the card's significance or a quotation from its back. Scroll down the right side of the home page to find an archive by destination or topic, or click on the interactive map to see recent postcards by geography.
July 15, 2010 |
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland ? So, let me see if I've got this straight? I'm staying in a dormitory room at St. Salvatore's Hall that dates back to at least the Stone Age. And sleeping on a bed that I'll fall out of if I roll over. Without a television to call my very own, even though if I had one it would only get maybe two channels remotely worth trying to watch. There's no bathroom, either. My living quarters only contains a sink. The good news is, the communal bathroom/shower that you're sharing with who knows how many others is right next door.
July 14, 2010 |
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - OK, so I'm a little more than halfway through my 2-week sojourn across the British Isles, and my tummy is beginning to think that maybe my throat got slit. And it's perfectly understandable. I've experienced this before. It's not pretty. There are many, many things to like about this country, most of which have to do with trying to hit a little white ball around gorse bushes and over burns, through 40 mph winds. It's what they probably do best over here.
July 12, 2010 |
OGMORE BY THE SEA, Wales - So, how do you feel about sheep dung? Because that's basically the dilemma I had to deal with, on my way to St. Andrews, Scotland, for the 139th Open Championship. Actually, though, it wasn't really a problem. I was on the third leg of a four-stop golfing expedition through Wales. Hey, it can't be all work. The good folks from Wales convinced me that their country was worth the effort, especially for those who only associated it with Tom Jones and Ian Woosnam (I realize there's somebody else I'm forgetting)
September 10, 2009 |
Steve Powers, pouffy brown hair springing from the top of his head like a sheaf of wheat, is in his element: El trains rattling along Market Street in West Philly, horns honking below, broad brick walls rising and falling across the cityscape - canvases from the past, ready to be used again. Back in the '80s, Powers - whose tag was ESPO - painted these same walls, these rooftops and gritty towers, carrying on a decades-long Philadelphia tradition of street art. And in the '90s, the city just as resolutely painted it all over.
January 29, 2008 |
Super Bowl Week is filled with plenty of unique scenes that have nothing to do with football. Each day leading up to the big game, the Daily News will share our writers' unique view of the scene with our readers in "Postcards from Glendale. " Here is today's installment: GLENDALE, AZ. - "The Real Miss Brady" was wearing a sort of Halloween costume wedding dress, white silk but miniskirt length, stockings and garters above red high heels, and a lacy trousseau billowing above her raven-colored hair.