January 18, 2015 |
From the moment the elevator doors open in Alfred "Fred" Hagen's ultrachic penthouse, the swooning begins. The unit, spanning the top two floors of a trendy 12-story boutique building in Society Hill, is the pinnacle of stylish city living. Floor-to-ceiling windows stretch across the 4,000-square-foot residence, where breathtaking views pan from the city's corporate center to the stadium complex to the Delaware River, where the Ben Franklin Bridge arcs in the wake of cruising cargo ships.
December 22, 2014
ISSUE | HOME TEAM Christie's playing wrong side of field Gov. Christie cannot be elected president, and it isn't because he could not win a Republican nomination battle fought largely on the right. Christie has doomed himself in a general election because no politician whose base of support is in the Northeast could afford to lose Pennsylvania, and no one can win Pennsylvania without faring well in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, where the bulk of the state's voters live.
December 13, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - When Gov.-elect Tom Wolf heads to New York City on Friday for the annual wining, dining, and networking extravaganza known as the Pennsylvania Society, he will be the man saying No-Thank-You in the land of Thank-You-Very-Much. With many high-profile staff and cabinet positions yet to fill, Wolf will be a main attraction as he joins scores of officials, lobbyists, and political strategists at cocktail receptions and parties hosted by the well-heeled and well-connected.
November 15, 2014
THE SEAMLESS vision of life, as the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin once noted, is the only way to ensure individual dignity. We are only as strong as the weakest links in our human chain, so the way we treat the young, the sick and the elderly is the truest bellwether of our evolution as a compassionate society. Lately, though, that compassion has been lacking and I suspect it's due in no small part to our cavalier attitude toward unborn life. If you are capable of dehumanizing something at its most elemental level and packaging it as a wholly dependent appendage of a woman, it's a short step from there to seeing older and ailing Americans as dependent appendages of society.
October 15, 2014 |
The Uleckinger family's journey from Germany to Philadelphia ended in catastrophe. Father Jacob and three of his children died on a ship called the Charming Molly as it crossed the Atlantic in 1773, and the mother passed just days after reaching the New World. The two surviving children, Peter, 13, and Andrew, 9, were sold into servitude to pay for the voyage - a case for the German Society of Pennsylvania. Twelve years before the United States became a nation, more-established immigrants from the Vaterland founded the society in 1764 to protect and support countrymen such as young Peter and Andrew, who arrived short of money and signed contracts in a language they did not understand.
October 10, 2014
LATELY, I'VE been thinking a lot about getting older. I'm not yet old, at least not by the standards of a society that has been so profoundly influenced by the Boomers, my generation. We have refused to succumb to the biological certainty of decay and decline, and have pulled pop culture along with us. My 52 is still considered "youthful," not just by other 52-year-olds but by a population that views the world through Botox-colored glasses. But the truth is, I'm not young. I am a woman who will not much longer have the awesome power to create life, whose bones are disrespectfully noisy when she bends, who sees the filigree of age traced delicately around her eyes.
October 9, 2014 |
Billy Blaise Dufala's usual destination for art supplies doesn't offer oil paints, archival paper, or sable brushes. But it does have new inventory daily - tons of it, brought in by the truckload from construction sites and 1-800-GOT-JUNK pickups. As he wanders, wearing a hard hat and reflective vest, among mountains of wood pallets, concrete rubble, and twisted metal at Revolution Recovery in Tacony, he's intrigued by a tattered but, it turns out, functional patio umbrella, a perfectly good roll of roofing vinyl, and a stuffed likeness of a New Kids on the Block-era Jordan Knight, still in its box. Uncovering potential within society's castoffs is at the core of the nonprofit Recycled Artist in Residency (RAIR)
October 1, 2014 |
THERE IS no "typical" Shabbat service at Society Hill Synagogue. One week, Rabbi Avi Winokur might include the works of Sufi mystics and Muslim spiritual giants. The next might feature writings by Christian leaders, noted intellectuals or Jewish religious thinkers. One way the synagogue describes its open approach is by citing an old joke: "Two Jews, three opinions. " That is to say, different people celebrate their faith in different ways. "It's very eclectic," said Winokur, who has led the congregation for 13 years.
September 21, 2014 |
I keep a list of the readers who have written to me about difficulty finding homes to accommodate their retirement years. Most include the complaint that "they are building over-55 communities that are not for me. " Indeed, as retirement creeps up on me, I've concluded that I will be looking to spend the equity I've accumulated on a mortgage-free house in an area with livable taxes. I'll send you a postcard, since it won't be here. The postcard will have lots of snow on it, ayyy-up.
September 18, 2014 |
* RED BAND SOCIETY. 9 tonight, Fox 29. * THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA. 10 tonight, NBC10. * YOU'RE THE WORST. 10:30 p.m. tomorrow, FX. ARE YOU READY for some high-stakes high jinks? Calling Fox's "Red Band Society" the feel-good show of the fall might be stretching it, but this drama set in a hospital ward full of adolescents with life-threatening conditions isn't nearly as scary as "Grey's Anatomy. " Because the adolescents in this show, adapted from a Spanish series, don't cut people open every week.