December 16, 2012
Debra Nussbaum is an adjunct journalism professor at Rowan University When Emily Post penned her famous tome on etiquette in 1922, she never could have envisioned that, decades down the road, there would need to be many new chapters written on civility and manners, thanks to technology. E-mails, texts, Facebook messages, and tweets have presented modern dilemmas on what constitutes polite behavior. The biggest challenge for many of us may be figuring out when communicating electronically is just not appropriate.
October 19, 2012 |
When he speaks about the men and women who participated in the War of Independence, Scott Stephenson refers to them as the "First Greatest Generation. " What they accomplished in opposing the tyranny of Britain, securing freedom for the colonies, and establishing a new nation based on noble ideals is at least as impressive as the feats of those warriors who protected the United States from the imperial ambitions of Germany and Japan during World War II. Unfortunately, the heroes of the American Revolution are so remote historically, and their achievements have become so mythologized, that figures like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson have become "marbleized" - elevated to near-saintly status, scrubbed of humanity and such mortal characteristics as fear, doubt, frustration, and fatigue.
September 7, 2012
EXHIBITS Buddhist relic exhibit A rare collection of sacred Buddhist relics will be displayed this weekend. The pearl-like crystals were found among the ashes of cremated Buddhist masters. Practitioners believe they are physical embodiments of a master's spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom. Living Buddhist masters from Burma, Indonesia, France, Thailand, Tibet, South Korea and Taiwan have contributed relics to the collection, including the Dalai Lama. Bo De Temple, 1114-20 S. 13th St., 6-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
June 16, 2012 |
LONDON - It's a tantalizing find in a biblical mystery - Oxford University researchers have concluded that a set of skeletal remains that many Bulgarians attribute to John the Baptist probably belonged to a first-century male from the Middle East. While that doesn't prove that the bones belonged to the man revered by Christians as the forerunner to Jesus, it does mean that those who believe the relics are the remains of the first-century saint have a scientific case. The discovery of a sarcophagus containing a knuckle bone, a tooth, a skull fragment, and other remains under an ancient church on an island off Bulgaria's coast - paired with a small urn bearing a Greek-language reference to John the Baptist - drew enormous interest when it was announced two years ago. Officials didn't wait for scientific evaluation before offering the relics up for public view; thousands waited for hours to catch a glimpse of the bones when they were displayed in Sofia, Bulgaria's capital.
February 28, 2012 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Long before animal-rights activists recently poured cold water on plans to revive the diving horse spectacle on the Steel Pier, animal acts were huge crowd pleasers along the city's famous Boardwalk. Beginning in the vaudeville era, myriad wacky acts were showcased on the resort's various entertainment piers, including waterskiing dog Rex, a family of boxing kangaroos, and boxing cats. Kangaroos boxed kangaroos (and the occasional human pugilist) and cats tangled with cats, with the animals wearing boxing gloves.
February 23, 2012 |
A big sign off Route 73 in Winslow Township once directed music lovers into what seemed like just a wooded area with a few houses. But several blocks back, there was a seminal source of entertainment for mid-20th century African Americans, who often were excluded from mainstream events. "Back in those woods was my Daddy's Tippin Inn," said Helen Toomer Beverly, 76. "You turned off 73 and within a block, you could hear the music and smell my mother's fried chicken. Buses would come from Philadelphia and Atlantic City.
February 14, 2012 |
ZAGREB, Croatia - What becomes of a garden gnome hurled in fury at a windshield during a stormy breakup? Or a teddy bear that was once a Valentine's Day present? A wedding dress from a marriage gone awry? An ax that smashed through household furniture? All are on display at the Museum of Broken Relationships in the Croatian capital, each with a written testimony telling tales of passion, romance, and heartbreak. On Valentine's Day, visits to the museum almost double.
September 9, 2011 |
It has become the memorial day no one wanted to have, but no one can quite ignore. The 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks comes this weekend with a variety of commemorations - some small and quiet, others long and ongoing. The anniversary will be marked as a solemn occasion in many towns. At the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the emphasis is on the everyday and personal meanings of the attacks. Working with the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center, which will open next year in New York City, the Penn Museum assembled items from the Twin Towers excavation.
August 13, 2011 |
YOU MIGHT THINK the hair and fingernail clippings stored neatly in Andy Kahan's filing cabinet would have withered to dust, given their biological origins. Or at least that they'd be burning bright with the fire of eternal damnation, considering their previous owners. Instead, they sit there, looking as worthless as something swept off the bathroom floor. But Kahan paid good money for them. Once attached to some of the world's most notorious killers, the clippings are a creepy collectible, part of a "murderabilia" market that has flourished online as the public's passion for all things true-crime has grown.
August 6, 2011 |
They come in marking moments with birthday cards, love letters, and wedding presents. They come for passport applications and money orders. They come to return unwanted items and pick up shiny new ones. And on ordinary days, customers come inside the Main Street post office in Manayunk to mail bills or buy stamps. In this hilly but walkable community, the tall redbrick building stands as an aging relic amid the bistros, coffee shops, and salons. Almost at odds with its trendy surroundings, it is now threatened with closure in the digital age. In the last five years, with the steady click of a mouse, U.S. mail volume has dropped 20 percent, or 43 billion items.