March 10, 2014 |
ABOARD THE CRYSTAL SERENITY - I'm sitting beside a pool in the Bay of Biscay, sipping a gin and tonic as a Thai band plays a vigorous rendition of Van Halen's "Jump. " A life-sized Barbie in a black-fringed thong bikini has just lowered herself into the water, no doubt inducing heart palpitations and several cases of whiplash among the men relaxing on the Lido Deck around me. That might seem to be sufficient excitement for one afternoon, but all eyes are directed upward when a crimson helicopter appears overhead, dangling two black-clad men from cables.
August 6, 2013 |
Creative , energetic , confident , and fashionable are words frequently used to describe Serenity. The 12-year-old delights in always looking her best. Very neat, she takes great pride in keeping her belongings in good condition. Serenity's favorite pastimes include singing in her church choir, cheerleading, and playing the flute. She also enjoys writing stories and creating funny videos. Very sweet and personable, Serenity has the ability to make a positive impact on the people closest to her. Enrolled in fifth grade, Serenity receives special-education services and has made significant progress academically and behaviorally as a result of the small class size and individual attention.
April 2, 2013 |
The obligations of religious toleration and pluralism require all who care not a bit about baseball to accept that Opening Day is more than the beginning of a sports season. It is a great religious festival. It can't be an accident that baseball always starts around the time of both Easter and Passover and thus "elicits a sense of renewal. " For the faithful, it means that "the long dark nights of winter are over" and "the slate is clean. " All teams, the exalted and lowly alike, "are tied at zero wins and zero losses.
November 15, 2012 |
Never mind drawing a straight line. Kathleen Becker was having trouble with her curvy ones. Becker, 60, an office manager from Northeast Philadelphia, bent over a coaster-sized square of paper, laboring to make a series of gentle arcs that would, when finished, resemble the underside of a woven basket. "I just did it wrong again!" she lamented, squinting at her inked lines. "I keep doing it backward. " "No, you're not," said Katy Abbott, the instructor of that evening's Zentangle class.
April 8, 2012 |
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Generations of Navajo families have grazed livestock on a remote but spectacular mesa that overlooks the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado Rivers. This is the East Rim of the majestic Grand Canyon - the last with no significant development. But ancestral tradition and the tranquillity of the landscape could be subject to change if the Navajo government's plans are realized for a resort and aerial tramway that would ferry tourists from cliff tops to water's edge.
March 25, 2012
A Novel By Louis Begley Alfred A. Knopf. 352 pp. $25.95 Reviewed by Glenn C. Altschuler For better and worse, Albert Schmidt is old school. Like his creator, he is a Harvard man and a corporate lawyer. Schmidt is a gentleman, a sophisticate, a square, a swine, and an anti-Semite. He cannot remember saying no to any woman who offered herself to him, "except perhaps the flirtatious propositions of old hags in the Hamptons, widows or writers or editors. " He is a truth-teller, who can be as tough on himself as he is on others.
July 3, 2011 |
When my yoga studio in Skippack offered a yoga retreat to Hawaii, my first reaction was: Do it ! Then came the argument with myself: What about obligations to family and work, and could I do all that yoga - I'm 54 years old? Ah, the monkey mind at work - have I learned nothing in six years of practicing yoga? So off I went. Kalani Oceanside Retreat is on the eastern side of the island of Hawaii in Pahoa. It is nestled in lush greenery on a coastal road between lava fields and the Pacific Ocean.
November 5, 2010 |
As a veteran European traveler, Charlie Dagit has toured every kind of sacred space there is in that part of the world. But in 1992, when he visited the gardens of Kyoto and other Japanese cities, he experienced something deeper than anything he'd ever felt in a cathedral or mosque. "There was a spirit of sacredness and serenity and oneness with nature," he says. Adds Alice Dagit, who accompanied her architect husband on that inspiring trip, "It captured your heart and soul.
November 3, 2010 |
She took each step carefully, circling and turning along the labyrinth's path, her long dungaree skirt sweeping at her heels. It was secluded behind St. Asaph's Church - quiet, with no cars, no highways. And that's when Jill Horn, 68, said it happened, what she calls a "past life experience. " While walking the path at the Bala Cynwyd church, she felt her posture involuntarily straighten and her shoulders push back. She felt like a teenager, she said. And then - in the hushed solitude behind the churchyard's stone walls - she heard the noises of an outdoor market, what she thought sounded like "merry old England.
March 19, 2010 |
The desk is huge, handsome, and perfectly, absolutely clear. Not a single stray paper, not a file, not even a pen rests on it. Yet this desk is in the working home office of an extremely busy man. Leon Huff admits it - he's a neat freak, and it shows in his elegant Moorestown home, a place so immaculate it's hard to imagine anyone even lives in it. The music producer and his wife, Regina, have created a world of striking furnishings, color...