July 28, 2016
ARIES (March 21-April 19). The shepherd and the sheep have an interesting relationship. The sheep are known to drift to new horizons and greener pastures at will. The shepherd expects no loyalty, but understands the job: Corral and protect. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). What seems boring to you is riveting to another - not every other, though. Being a winner with your crowd will depend on choosing your audience or censoring yourself. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You are driving yourself crazy trying to figure out the answer to a puzzle.
April 10, 2016
COMING THIS WEEK By Steven Rea Kevin Costner is a don't-care-about-nuthin' convict who gets a mind-and-memory transplant, taking on the persona - and the mission - of a dead CIA agent. Gary Oldman, Ryan Reynolds, and Wonder Woman Gal Gadot also star. R Rudyard Kipling gets re-Disneyfied, and CGI-ed and Jon Favreau-ized (he's the director), in a live action/computer-animated retelling of the adventures of Mowgli, the boy raised by animals in the forests of India. Voice acting talent galore, including Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, and Lupita Nyong'o.
December 18, 2015
CHRISTINE FLOWERS and I are not always on the same page regarding religious and secular issues. However, I have great respect for her constancy regarding her beliefs and the ability to articulate them. That being said, we can only trust that the message of hope and welcome, recently voiced by young children singing Christmas songs, as told by Ms. Flowers, will remain steadfast as they grow. It won't be easy or assured. The message must survive the greed, narcissism and hate which we, as adults, continue to teach them by example.
August 6, 2015 |
WHILE "Trainwreck" and "Ted" spark debate this summer as to who's funnier, men or women, the correct answer turns out to be "sheep. " For wall-to-wool laughs, you can't top "Shaun the Sheep," a consistently and sometimes prodigiously amusing claymation cartoon from Aardman studios, in England. The story: Farm animals grow tired of their rustic routine, so they put the farmer to sleep (the sight of sheep jumping sequentially over a fence hits humans like a massive dose of Tylenol PM)
July 5, 2015 |
Much goes into perfecting a solar farm. There are metal beams and motors and highly technical programming that shifts panels for optimal sun exposure - and the technology is constantly advancing. But the latest additions to some solar sites in New Jersey are a bit more primal. They have four legs, hooves, and a hankering for grass and clover. You may have heard of them: sheep. On at least three sites in the state, the animals have proven to be handy counterparts for the energy systems by acting as landscapers around the solar arrays - further reducing harmful emissions by eliminating the need for lawn mowers and weed whackers.
April 7, 2015 |
Philadelphia Artists' Collective has once again unearthed an antique play - this time the obscure Renaissance comedy The Fair Maid of the West by Thomas Heywood - polished it up, and made it shine. Under the brilliant direction of Charlotte Northeast, a rambunctious cast whips us into the rowdy audience the play demands, and we laugh and stamp our feet and clap and roar our approval. The plot is outrageously silly: A chaste barmaid, one Bess Bridges (the superb and saucy Rachel Camp)
February 20, 2015
STUPID HATS, too much booze, "Auld Lang Syne" and overhyped plans that aren't fun - that's basically all we need to celebrate a new year here in the West. But maybe we should take a cue from the many Philadelphians who are currently in full-blast party mode. Though today's not much more than a frigid, nondescript midwinter Thursday by Gregorian standards, it marks the beginning of a vital celebration on a different calendar. It's officially Chinese New Year, though not all of us know what that entails.
November 23, 2014 |
Two childhood memories always stay with me. For several years, my mom asked that we "adopt" families - whom we never met - and supply a full-Monty Christmas, including wrapped gifts, clothes, toys, and a holiday meal. And in the weeks leading up to the holidays, my dad would read Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol to my sister and me. Sometimes, he fell asleep. I remember these as the greatest gifts they ever gave us. With hard-core, ugly-sweater-shopping season approaching in advance of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa, how do we avoid the urge to buy more stuff no one needs?
April 14, 2014 |
LANSDALE On the first beautiful spring weekend of the year, it was hard to tell who was enjoying the day more - all the kids running around from one activity to another, or their parents, just glad to be out of the house. "Being inside all winter was not the best," said Gena Ortega, 34, of North Wales, who came with Lily, 6, and Laila, 22 months, to the Peter Wentz Farmstead's annual Sheep Shearing Day. About 1,000 visitors came to see the farm's five ewes and one ram get their spring haircuts at the public park in Lansdale.
March 2, 2014 |
As the long and busy winter turned into spring, the young executive reveled in the tranquil escape he achieved out on the golf course. But as summer came on, the nagging ache in his right side made him wonder if he was overdoing it on the links. For a few weeks, ibuprofen seemed to make the pain subside, but eventually that didn't relieve it. Then he began having pain when he took a deep breath, which pushed him to get evaluated. He described his symptoms, and the physician examined him, clarifying that the pain was in the right upper quadrant of the patient's abdomen, the region housing the liver and the gallbladder.