July 19, 2015 |
When John L. Parker, Jr. self-published Once a Runner in 1978, he had a good feeling about his novel - even if traditional publishing didn't. "I had faith in the book all those years that the world of publishing just didn't understand it," he said. "I figured sooner or later somebody would see the light. " They did - after the book become a cult classic, was dubbed "the best novel ever written about running" by Runner's World, and original copies sold for hundreds of dollars on eBay.
June 29, 2015 |
Chanting "black lives matter" and the names of the victims of the fatal shootings in Charleston, S.C., about 80 protesters braved the wind and rain Saturday in a two-mile march along Broad Street. After the Rev. Mark Tyler of Philadelphia's Mother Bethel A.M.E. led a prayer for the nine victims, the group walked in the southbound lanes from Broad and Erie to Cecil B. Moore Avenue under a police escort as traffic crept behind. The marchers carried nine posters with photographs of the victims, but the demonstration went beyond the June 17 incident at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston.
June 29, 2015
The Phillies attempted to brave the weather and ended up losing that battle. Saturday's game with the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park that began at 3:05 p.m. lasted just an inning and a half, with no score. After a 1-hour, 27-minute rain delay, the game was postponed. The teams will play a single-admission doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 1:05 p.m. (Sunday's game was originally scheduled to start at 1:35.) Fans holding tickets to Saturday's postponed game may exchange them for tickets to any remaining home games this year, including Sunday's doubleheader.
June 29, 2015 |
Michael Vesey, a 10-year-old who loves baseball, wants to share the "book" he's written about his dad. Handwritten, it fits on a sheet of lined notebook paper. "On Oct. 13, 2004, I was born," he reads aloud. His mother, Kelly, and three teenage sisters are seated around the granite kitchen counter of their spacious Bucks County home. "It was the best day of my life, and the first," he reads. His sisters giggle. Michael waits, unabashed. "As the years passed, my dad was always there with me," he goes on. "He taught me the sport I love with a tee-ball set. He taught humility and love and passion, all things important in my life.
June 20, 2015 |
You're at the Shore and there is some rain. You could be back in the city sweating it out, so we only feel for you so much. Still, we're always here to help you dash through the drops and on to something Shore-wonderful. It may not be raining this weekend but it's always good to have some ideas in your back pocket. There she is No Kardashian she, but a big butt nonetheless: That's Lucy the Elephant (9200 Atlantic Ave., Margate, N.J., 609-823-6473, www.lucytheelephant.org )
May 29, 2015 |
When scattered thunderstorms delayed the start of the game for 90 minutes, Great Valley's girls' lacrosse team didn't spend the extra time stressing out. The players relaxed and had fun with each other. "They're friends on and off the field," Great Valley coach Kim Wenger said. "They're teammates first. That hour that they killed, they were going crazy and having a great time. " It paid off, as the Patriots scored the first goal of the game less than 90 seconds after it began and never relinquished the lead.
May 19, 2015 |
BALTIMORE - A hot, muggy spring day had begun to cool late Saturday afternoon as the area around Pimlico darkened and a breeze blew through the old racetrack grounds. It was 5:35 p.m. when Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah emerged from the stakes barn to get his prerace bath, a ritual that would quickly prove unnecessary. The 140th Preakness, which attracted a record 131,680, was about to get an unwanted visit from the skies, which went black as the eight horses were wandering about the grass course 15 minutes before the 6:18 post time.
March 30, 2015
ISSUE | RANDOM ACTS Kind stranger in rain Philadelphia was truly the city of brotherly love last week. My wife, 88, and I, 94, were walking to a medical appointment on 10th Street near Walnut when it began to rain. A young woman saw us and gave my wife her own umbrella, saying, "You better take this. " My wife and I were shocked at such consideration from a stranger. When my wife demurred, the woman said that she could always replace the umbrella. We may never see this kind soul again, but we hope she sees this message of gratitude.
March 22, 2015 |
Last Saturday, I stood on my porch, hit the button on my GPS watch to tell it to locate a satellite, and sighed. It was not a glorious spring day. No, I stared at a street soaked by a downpour. These are not ideal conditions in which to run, and I could have retreated to a treadmill. But my sister was running her first marathon that day in the rain, and was glad to have trained in the rain. It helps you prepare for any races on days when water dumps out of the sky. I've been there before, in training runs and in races.
March 17, 2015 |
I ALMOST bumbled it in a column last week - the identity of that tall, handsome, stationary, brown fella outside the Prince Music Theater on Chestnut Street near Broad. In a Twitter poll I did yesterday, I asked some DN gossip followers to answer this question to the best of their knowledge: Just who is that lanky bronze man who is clearly attempting to either a) hail you a cab or b) shield you from the rain and open the door of the theater for you? The answer may surprise you. It did, me. And not one responder to my poll got it right, either.