September 19, 2013 |
Rachel Simpson loves to read to her two children - 5-year-old Rebecca and 5-month-old Benjamin - but she steers clear of nursery rhymes. "They are scary," said the Cherry Hill mom. Hansel and Gretel get pushed into the oven; the three little pigs are hunted by the big, bad wolf. "I prefer stories that teach a lesson but aren't scary or violent while they're doing it. " Jessie Menken, owner of children's store Ali's Wagon in Fairmount, doesn't read nursery rhymes to her kids, either.
January 23, 2013
"IF BEYONCE'S weave thinks she can upstage me, she is sorely mistaken" - @FirstLadysBangs That's right, folks. First lady Michelle Obama's new hairstyle has its own Twitter account. It makes sense, since the hairdo, unveiled on FLOTUS' 49th birthday last week, was one of the most talked-about things on Inauguration Day. Even President Obama affixed his presidential seal of approval. Way to mix it up, Michelle. She did us proud. I was hoping FLOTUS would turn it out for the inauguration.
September 10, 2012 |
Hal David's life was the spectacle of a hard thing done well, with grace. David completed his song in Los Angeles on Sept. 1, at 91. As a musician and lyric-writer, I grew up with his words, especially his celebrated work with Burt Bacharach. How easy the words rode - how twisty the musical rails. I asked a very accomplished songman, Paul Williams ("We've Only Just Begun" and much else), who is president and chairman of the board of the music company ASCAP, what he valued about his friend's lyrics.
August 6, 2012 |
The shears came out - real beauty parlor shears - when Aesop Rock introduced his song "Racing Stripes" at the Union Transfer. The underground rapper pulled a woman from the audience to brave an impromptu haircut while he rapped the less-than-reassuring refrain, "Dude, it'll grow back. " Aes didn't actually wield the clippers. He left that duty to opening band hip-hop duo Dark Time Sunshine, introducing them as "two of the best dudes and worst barbers I know. " That song, like much of his set, comes from Skelethon , Aes' first solo album in five years.
July 3, 2012 |
EAGLES WIDE RECEIVER DeSean Jackson joined Philly rapper Freeway onstage Thursday night at The Village Club in Lancaster and performed a song that seemed to amp up the crowd. It's not Jackson's first foray into hip-hop: He also rhymed on a Gillie Da Kid track along with Sixer Lou Williams. ‘Top Chef' heading to New York City? "Top Chef" fan favorite and Somerton native Jennifer Carroll applied for a liquor license on a restaurant space in New York, EaterPhilly.com reported Friday afternoon.
April 17, 2012
DETROIT - The potential shortage of a key component used to make fuel lines and brake lines could force automakers in the U.S. and around the world to close car and truck plants as they run short of parts. A March 31 explosion in western Germany damaged a factory that makes CDT. That chemical is a key component in a nylon resin called PA12, which is used to make a specialized plastic. The plastic is used in auto fuel lines and brake lines. It is also a component in solar cells, pipelines, sporting goods and household items.
March 16, 2012 |
It's not just about the story, it's also about the way you tell it. The French playwright Edmond Rostand gave us the story of Cyrano de Bergerac 115 years ago, and he told it in French rhyme - this great tale of unrequited passion, beauty, and ugliness, and the virtues and dangers of being larger than life. The play itself, about a cocky, eloquent swordsman whose Renaissance-man flair competes with his ungainly nose, sprawls, beginning in a theater, eventually moving to a theater of war, and finishing in a convent 15 years later.
December 23, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - A state Supreme Court justice known for writing opinions in rhyme has done it again, producing six pages of verse Thursday in the case of whether a check forger had also committed insurance fraud. Justice J. Michael Eakin, writing for a 4-2 majority, concluded in six-line stanzas that a man's attempt to deposit a forged check that appeared to be from State Farm didn't constitute insurance fraud. "Sentenced on the other crimes, he surely won't go free, but we find he can't be guilty of this final felony," Eakin wrote.
December 19, 2011 |
If Nadir, 12, has three wishes, they're to find a permanent family, to be a professional boxer, and to have a nice life. He likes to laugh and make jokes. Enrolled in seventh grade, he is an excellent student and a good athlete. He enjoys boxing and playing basketball and dancing. Nadir says education is very important to him and he makes sure to be on time for school each day. Nadir also likes to write poems, one of which is called "The Things I Don't Have. " "The things I don't have is a mom and a dad, that is why I sometimes stress and why I'm sad. " Nadir has experienced many separations and losses in his life, and would thrive in a patient, loving, "forever" family that would provide him with a structured environment and help him reach his considerable potential.
October 7, 2011 |
The question came up in conversation: How did Steve Jobs pronounce his last name? The legendary Apple co-founder and tech-design guru died Thursday, at age 56, possibly of complications from a bout with pancreatic cancer that began in 2004. On news reports, his surname has most often been said to rhyme with lobs . But some say the correct way is like the Biblical character, Job, and the name should rhyme with lobes . A couple of YouTube videos give a clear answer.