October 27, 2014 |
For as long as she can remember, Susan Stapler Davis has loved fabric. Actually, it's in her DNA. When you come of age in the Stapler family, longtime owners of Stapler Fabric at 1222 Walnut St. until it closed in 2007, that sort of predilection is predictable. "I loved the store, and I loved being there. I spent most of my adult years working there in sales and design after the kids were grown," Davis fondly recalls in her cooperative apartment on JFK Boulevard, where lush fabrics are everywhere.
July 10, 2014 |
I've been greeting the mailman as if he were Brad Pitt these days. I practically attack him, and by now he knows why. Three of our seven grandchildren - Carly, Danny, and Emily - are away at summer camp. While they have faithfully promised to write, the grand total so far, nearly halfway in, is one letter from one granddaughter. Eleven-year-old Emily, suddenly tall and graceful and the wordsmith among our grandchildren, has sent a full description of life up there in the Poconos.
August 13, 2013 |
The legend of the first edition of Black Sabbath - heavy metal's loudest, sludgiest, darkest band - looms large; large enough to survive Ozzy Osbourne's leaving after Never Say Die! in 1978; large enough, even, to survive the demonic singer's family-friendly time as a reality television staple. Since the band's 1969 start, guitarist Tony Iommi's arsenal of thick, monster riffs and archly sinister solos, along with bassist Geezer Butler's nimble-fingered low-end rumble (to say nothing of his meanly fantastical lyrics)
November 9, 2012 |
Ever since 2006's Age of Winters , the Sword and its lyricist/guitarist/singer J.D. Cronise have combined fantastical tale-telling and complex heavy metal in a way that would make H.P. Lovecraft and Tony Iommi stand up and take notice. From Cronise's Ozzy-like vocal esprit to co-guitarist Kyle Shutt's raging pyrotechnics, the Sword's overall sonic demeanor has been gloriously Black Sabbath-esque since Day 1. "I think a lot of our fans see us as sort of picking up where Sabbath and Zeppelin left off," Cronise said from the band's home base of Austin, Texas.
November 25, 2011
Perhaps the stickiest issue of all surrounding the opening of the National Museum of American Jewish History last November was whether it would be open on Saturdays. On the one hand, Saturday is potentially the best-attended day of the week for any such institution. But on the other hand, it is also the Sabbath day for observant Jews; operating Saturday could be perceived as a sign of disrespect. But in Solomon-like fashion, a compromise was conjured: The museum is open Saturday, but because Jewish law prohibits cash transactions on Sabbath, tickets must either be purchased in advance, or with credit cards at the museum (the transactions are posted electronically the next day)
November 17, 2010
Freedom of choice has its limits In her remarks at the Plumstead Christian School, Sarah Palin declared her support for "freedom of choice" by stating, "Who should be making the decisions, what [children] eat in school" ("Cookie charge half-baked," Saturday). She was arguing for freedom of choice for those who wish to eat cookies and other sweets in public schools rather than having a state-imposed standard. Does her support for "freedom of choice" apply equally to women's rights?
November 14, 2010 |
A version of this article appeared in the Oct. 17 issue of The Inquirer. For nearly 4,000 years, the phrase has been a bedrock among observant Jews: "Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy. " The Fourth Commandment has the power to still storefronts, fill synagogues, and turn the sidewalks of some neighborhoods into a sea of black-garbed Orthodox Jews from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday as they fulfill the obligation to enjoy a day of rest. But ancient practice created a very contemporary predicament for the National Museum of American Jewish History, which will open its new building off Independence Mall on Nov. 26. And dealing with the sanctity of the Sabbath required a Solomonic solution.
October 17, 2010 |
For nearly 4,000 years, the phrase has been a bedrock among observant Jews: "Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy. " The Fourth Commandment has the power to still storefronts, fill synagogues, and turn the sidewalks of some neighborhoods into a sea of black-cloaked Orthodox Jews from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday as they fulfill the obligation to enjoy a day of rest. But ancient practice created a very contemporary predicament for the National Museum of American Jewish History, which will open its new building off Independence Mall on Nov. 26. And dealing with the sanctity of the Sabbath required a Solomonic solution.
December 20, 2009 |
On Friday evenings in Jerusalem, after the sun lies down to rest, the Jewish people close their shops and restaurants in preparation for Shabbat. From sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, technology and labor cease, and rest and religion commence. I was brought up in a very secular household, and tradition and rituals like this never played an important role in my life. So when Friday evening arrived on my first visit to Jerusalem, I'd forgotten how sacred the Sabbath is to religious Jews.
November 22, 2009 |
Not that you would call him svelte. By any means. But I ask Mitch Lipkin, 60 now, hasn't he lost some weight? "I lose some. I find some," he shrugs. He is leaning over the counter at Lipkin's Bakery (est. 1975, "before the Bicentennial"), at Castor and Rhawn, which is to say the deep Northeast, the streetscape tending to workaday two-story storefronts, or lower. A Pizza Hut sign looms at the corner, hogging the view. Such as it is. It has been 14 years now since I talked to him at any length.