August 7, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My husband's sister "Beth" fancies herself a psychic of sorts who can communicate with the beyond. A few months ago, we were eating dinner when she began talking about a spirit with me. I honestly had no idea who she was talking about, and told her that, as I had no deceased relatives or friends who fit her description. Beth became very upset, claiming she was overwhelmed with what the spirit was trying to tell her. She was so upset she ran from the room to lie in a dark room and compose herself.
August 6, 2016
By B.G. Kelley Green is gold at the 2016 Olympic Games. Green as in money. NBC has sold more than $1.1 billion in TV and digital advertising. It's easy to see why: The network started promoting the 31st Games a year in advance Is that what the Olympics are about? Money? It often seems that way, doesn't it? Just another money-producing package of the monolithic sports-entertainment industry, built to cash in on pricey television contracts, off-the-charts advertising revenue, corporate sponsorship, athlete endorsements, and logo-saturated sports apparel and equipment - all delivering billions of dollars to such institutions as the International and U.S. Olympic Committees; FIFA, the governing body of soccer; major college and professional teams; high-profile athletes; and corporations and their shareholders.
July 26, 2016 |
Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit is farce with an edge of darkness, a 1941 confection that suggested to wartime Londoners both the enduring bonds between the dead and the living and the trials of matrimony. Even then, the play was something of a throwback, evoking the Victorian fascination with séances and communication with the spirit world. In the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Company's sturdy revival, the writer Charles Condomine (Ian Merrill Peakes), a stand-in for Coward, doesn't at first take any of this seriously: He's just trying to learn enough jargon and "tricks of the trade" to lend authenticity to his latest novel, about a homicidal medium.
July 23, 2016 |
Spirit Airlines said Thursday that it will begin daily nonstop flights from Philadelphia to Orlando, beginning Oct. 7. Spirit now flies nonstop from Philadelphia International Airport to eight cities: Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Myrtle Beach, S.C. "Spirit's new non-stop service to Orlando will provide a travel option that our budget-conscious travelers will appreciate," said...
July 17, 2016 |
Between its big amaro collection and its building's history as a whiskey rectifier, I expected the cocktails at Wm. Mulherin's Sons to be more broodingly brown-spirited than they are. But beverage manager Michael Haggerty manages to fuse both the restaurant's Italian spirit and its whiskey roots into one elegant drink that's also crystal clear. And potently deceptive. That's because the Fiore Bianco has plenty of whiskey - but it's white rye from Social Still in Bethlehem, blended with Arneis grappa, a dash of Benedictine and Carpano's white vermouth.
June 1, 2016 |
OCEAN CITY - Two picture perfect beach days at the New Jersey Shore this Memorial Day weekend, followed by a rainy, foggy close to the unofficial start of the summer season on Monday, drove home the point for Anna Palmieri: For beach town businesses such as hers, which depend on the brief tourist season to be in the black for the year, it's all about the weather. Palmieri has for 22 years owned Litterers, an Ocean City boardwalk institution that's been around since 1918 selling fruit juices, salads, and pizza.
May 19, 2016 |
Everybody's a critic. Each of us walks into a museum and says, "I like that!" or "You call that art?" Albert C. Barnes would approve. Barnes (1872-1951) feuded with the art establishment of his day and disliked most art historians and academic aestheticians. It was the unschooled lover of art he welcomed to his great art collection grounds in Lower Merion. His principal interest, he wrote in 1920, was education, first for himself, "then for those less fortunate ones around me, then in the education of the public.
May 13, 2016 |
Answering the phone one recent morning, Todd Barkan chirped out a lilting, "Lee Morgan!" The greeting, he explained, was "a combination of bebop and German. " It was also customized for a caller from Philadelphia, hometown of the great trumpet player. More than that, though, it was a prime indicator of how Barkan thinks in the language of jazz. From 1972 to 1983, Barkan got to tout his love for the music every night from the stage of the Keystone Korner, the nightclub he owned and ran in San Francisco.
April 22, 2016 |
Spirit Airlines has resumed summer seasonal flights from Atlantic City International Airport to Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, and Detroit. The daily nonstop flights began last week and will operate until the fall. Spirit, which flies from Philadelphia to seven cities, will add daily nonstop routes from Philadelphia to Detroit and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., starting April 29. The Miramar, Fla.-based carrier, which offers lower base airfares but charges passengers extra for virtually everything including a carry-on bag, began a nonstop daily flight from Philadelphia to Los Angeles International Airport on April 14. Spirit also started a new flight last week between Philadelphia and Minneapolis-St.