January 29, 2016
THE PHILADELPHIA School Partnership shares the frustration of Will Bunch and Solomon Jones over continuing unequal access to a great education in our city ("SRC Is Rigged Against City's Pupils," Jan. 26). But the facts do not support their assertion that the situation has worsened under the SRC for poor and minority students. Since the School Reform Commission was formed in 2001, Philadelphia has dramatically narrowed achievement gaps for poor and minority students. Pre-SRC, fewer than 15 percent of economically disadvantaged fifth-graders in Philadelphia were reading at grade level, far below the state's all-student average of 57 percent.
January 29, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of Jan. 26, 2016: Craig LaBan: One highlight from the week was my first visit to the newly opened Philly Style Bagels in Fishtown, at 1451 E. Columbia Ave., just beside the park a block off Frankford Avenue. Partners Collin Shapiro and Jonathon Zilber established themselves as Philadelphia's best bagel artisans during almost two years of Sunday pop-ups in the Pizzeria Beddia space. The fact we can now get those hand-rolled, Yards IPA-boiled, chewy bagels five days a week is a legitimate quality-of-life improvement.
January 26, 2016
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January 14, 2016
"To go gray or to dye is a simple decision for me. In the Book of Proverbs, Solomon says, 'A gray head is a crown of glory.' There is no way I have earned mine yet, so I'll dye it until I do. Maggie Beck , Riverton "I am a 691/2-year-old wife, mother, grandmother. While standing in line at Acme's deli, there was a little girl with her dad - a really serious interaction here. Her dad told me his little girl had never seen a real, live princess, and could I say hello? Yep: me, with my long silver tresses in a braid.
January 10, 2016
By Shikibu Murasaki Translated by Dennis Washburn W.W.Norton. 1,360 pp. $49.95 Reviewed by John Timpane The Tale of Genji is a huge, sprawling book, written in Japan about 1,000 years ago. It's often called, fancifully, "the first novel. " And - although it does seem at times to be an anthology of tales woven together - it starts to cohere about midway through, creating a glittering, compelling, immersive world with characters who, though far from us in time and culture, make us care and who are deeply known, fascinating, and memorable.
January 8, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of Jan. 5, 2016: Reader: Been wanting to go to Fuji for many years. Finally went and loved it. Now I hear it's being sold. Craig LaBan: I'm glad you finally got to Fuji, but this was disappointing news, to be sure. Fuji in Haddonfield - one of my all-time-favorite local restaurants - has changed hands, as Matt Ito sold the restaurant to one of his longtime sushi chefs. Matt is one of the most talented, undersung chefs in the region, and while I understand the 63-year-old might want to slow down, no one cooks a kaiseke like he does.
January 7, 2016
OVER THE WEEKEND, I read a column on philly.com by Christine Flowers. It was about Bill Cosby and William Lynn. In it, the author wrote that Lynn was charged under a law that does not apply to him. That is not correct. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled, in Lynn's case, that Lynn could be charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Since the author's incorrect statement of the law seems to be the basis for her conclusion that Lynn was convicted of a crime he did not commit, the entire column - as it relates to Lynn - is false.
January 1, 2016 |
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of Dec. 29, 2015: Reader: Could you suggest a spot for lunch where out-of-town friends can experience our exciting restaurant scene, sip good wine, talk and linger? (Walking distance or short ride from the Palomar would be ideal.) They love fresh seafood. Craig LaBan: Well, there are lots of good lunch options - including some with good wine - within walking distance of the Palomar: the Oyster House (serious local flavor, great seafood and wines to match)
December 27, 2015 |
While I'm away, readers celebrate mothers-in-law. I was in a marriage that ended sadly but amicably. I've kept in touch with my mother-in-law, with whom I had become quite close, in spite of the fact that we were two very different women. About two years ago, I was going through a difficult financial and emotional time. I don't know if she heard through my ex-husband or just sensed it, but she knew I needed help. She sent me an email: "When you and [son] parted ways, you asked me to hold on to your engagement ring.