April 28, 2013 |
If you can't stop the world, can you at least slow it down? Because lately it's wobbling way out of orbit. This week, Gwyneth Paltrow was anointed "The World's Most Beautiful Woman" by the ultimate arbiter of pulchritude, People magazine. What am I missing here? Not just beautiful, the most beautiful. In the world. I haven't been this shocked since Leonard Cohen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Paltrow's appearance might best be described as "fairly pleasant.
April 25, 2013
ARIES (March 21-April 19) If you request things repeatedly, you'll sound like a nag, and you'll be tuned out. So instead, you'll take matters into your own hands. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) The task you've been dreading won't be so bad. Today's high energy level will make it much easier. GEMINI (May 21-June 21) You're a social person, but crowds can still cause you stress, especially when you have to keep track of someone or stick with a group. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Does acting "as if" something is true really make it so?
October 4, 2012 |
The New Jersey Democrat was playing the role of a Pennsylvania Republican, Rick Santorum, when he went for the jugular in a mock debate with Democrat Bob Casey in 2006. "You know, let me tell you something, Bob," Rep. Rob Andrews (D., N.J.) remembers saying. "The only thing I'm grateful for you after I hear you misrepresent your record is that your father is not here to hear it. " The issue was abortion. Andrews knew that both Casey and then-Sen. Santorum opposed abortion, and that the subject was sure to surface in the coming televised debate.
July 12, 2012
Grace Hall is the big favorite in the Grade II Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park on Saturday. The mile-and-a-sixteenth, $400,000 filly classic has attracted a field of seven. In her most recent race, the locally based daughter of Empire Maker, who broke her maiden at Delaware Park in her career debut July 11, 2011, finished third in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 4. The winner of the Kentucky Oaks, Believe You Can, and the second-place finisher, Broadway's Alibi, also broke their maidens at Delaware Park in 2011.
June 11, 2012 |
A few months ago, my cousin Nanci's friends threw her an early 50th birthday bash. Just 160 of her closest buds. In the photos, she is beaming. She's lost some weight. Her hair is cropped short. Her makeup is perfect. You hardly notice the wheelchair. The music, the food, the decorations, everything was just the way she had wanted it, because Nanci really knew how to whoop it up. In her 20s, she threw a toga party in her backyard and asked her father, Herb, to judge the costumes.
October 7, 2011 |
Artist Daniel Anthonisen lives in a rustic carriage house in Point Pleasant, Bucks County, that basically consists of one room and a loft. For Anthonisen, 41, it's a perfect fit. His tiny carriage house sits next to a historic home that dates to 1794 on the expansive property of architect Alan Ritchie and his wife, Rosa, an interior designer. Ritchie is a partner in the New York architectural firm of Johnson-Ritchie, which has designed buildings including Trump International, the Chrysler Center, and locally, the Business Center at Drexel University.
January 5, 2010 |
The view from behind the sizzling grill at Pat's King of Steaks isn't much to speak of. But it does provide a good sight line of the mural above the empty lot across South Ninth Street - the one with the likenesses of Fabian, Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon, and other native pop stars. Josh Colon has spent nearly a decade working at the South Philadelphia cheesesteak mecca, developing mad spatula skills while asking customers, "You want that wid? Or widout?" Now he's ready to try life on the other side of the Plexiglas, to maybe etch his own face on the musical Wall of Fame.
June 26, 2009
- Larry Brown , Jan. 17, 2005 NEW YORK - Larry Brown knew Gerald Henderson before that, of course, before the kid played for the Episcopal Academy team that Brown always said he wanted to coach as his retirement job. Brown's is a big world but basketball is a small world, and, well, you know. "I've known him ever since I was in middle school, being in Philadelphia," Henderson said last night, the night when Brown's Charlotte Bobcats drafted him with the 12th pick of the first round of the NBA draft.
October 22, 2008 |
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Here's more proof that baseball is a small, small world: Rays manager Joe Maddon and Phillies director of travel and clubhouse services Frank Coppenbarger were together at Salinas, a low-level Angels farm team in the Class A California League, in 1978. Maddon was the catcher. Coppenbarger was the clubhouse manager. Maddon has gone on to become the clear favorite to be voted the American League Manager of the Year. But Coppenbarger can always brag that he batted in the prestigious third spot in one game while Maddon hit eighth.
July 6, 2006 |
When the world unites, there's more to ponder than stoppage time: The Berlin ball mainly separates different degrees of stupidity. Two young men - let's call them Dumb and Dumber - suffered slight foot injuries after kicking concrete-filled balls chained to lamp posts and trees in Berlin. The words "Can u kick it" were sprayed in pink paint close to each of the balls, at least six of which were left in the streets. Police arrested two unidentified men, ages 26 and 29, who apparently had a workshop to produce the German version of "Punk'd.