March 23, 2015 |
DON DRAPER and Raylan Givens are on their way out, and "The Bible" continues. Men in kilts are back on Starz and the wars of Westeros on HBO. And that's just April. May brings Chester County's M. Night Shyamalan to TV at last: Will you follow him west? GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF. 8 p.m. March 29, HBO. Here's a movie Tom Cruise hopes you won't see. Eight former Scientologists, including "Crash" director Paul Haggis, recount chilling experiences in a documentary from Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, based on the book by Lawrence Wright.
March 23, 2015 |
The best of this spring's fashions feature clean lines and simple shapes. Silhouettes mold to contours, but still move softly with the body. More sensuality lies in the details. Slits splice the sides of below-the-knee pencil skirts. Deep V's are carved into pantsuit bodices. Fringe on midriff-baring blouses tickles the abs that peek through the tassels. Even maxi dresses, a vestiary favorite of the boho chic, are cut to skim curves, rather than dwarf them. "Strong and powerful are the themes of spring 2015," said Sharla Floyd, buyer and curator for Center City women's boutique Atelier Rittenhouse.
March 23, 2015 |
I had traveled to Dominica for the jungle, for the verdant cloak of bromeliads and fern trees that overlays this volcanic island in the Eastern Caribbean. But life just outside the forest, I would quickly discover, was as intriguing as inside. As we drove, my focus kept shifting from the incredible flora to the strips of asphalt spilling down the coast, twisting at improbable angles on descents. Locals walked the streets carrying umbrellas in one hand (to fight the inexorable rains)
March 21, 2015 |
ARIES (March 21-April 19) (*****) You greet the spring solstice with glee. After all, your birthday time of year has arrived. How fun! Your energy might be off, so consider a power nap before you head out. Wherever you appear, you will feel nearly like a rock star. Use this moment to make a move on the apple of your eye. Play out a little resistance with a smile. You feel happier and happier and more mellow than you have for a long while as the weekend plays out. TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
March 21, 2015 |
Pete McClure's neighbor, perhaps with understandable impatience, uttered those three magical words to him this week: "Spring is here. " Never mind that his West Deptford neighbor was a bit off on the timing. McClure, who had a profound personal experience with what some would argue was the true "storm of the century," said Thursday that he was quick to counterpoint. "I said, 'No, no, no!' " The atmosphere is siding with McClure. Meteorologists are confident that by the time the astronomical spring arrives at 6:45 p.m. Friday, a coastal storm will have decorated the region with one to four inches of snow, primarily on lawns and mailboxes - with the higher amounts in elevated areas north and west of Philadelphia.
March 20, 2015 |
TAMPA, Fla. - If there are any hitters who shouldn't have trouble fine-tuning their swings in the spring, it's the players playing regularly in the winter. But only two players, Freddy Galvis and Odubel Herrera, collected more at-bats than Maikel Franco in their respective winter ball leagues. Franco hit .272 (40-for-147) with an .805 OPS in 38 games in the Dominican Winter League, hitting two of his seven home runs in the eight-game playoff series to end the season in January. After his first month in Phillies camp, however, Franco has had trouble keeping his bat in gear.
March 19, 2015 |
You can parse a pregnancy into trimesters, divide labor into stages. You can figure that after nine months of gestation, give or take a few days, you will hold a squirming infant in your arms. But adoption, Rachel says, meant a journey with no timetable. Neither she nor Rob felt attached to the idea of a biological child; in fact, Rachel and a friend had always half-joked that if they reached age 35 and didn't have kids, they'd just adopt. "But I did have a vision of how the process [of parenthood]
March 18, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - With Cliff Lee out for the foreseeable future after being placed on the 60-day disabled list yesterday afternoon, 3 weeks before Opening Day, the Phillies were in need of some good news on the starting rotation front. They got some earlier in the day. Aaron Harang threw a bullpen session yesterday morning and gave himself the green light to jump back into the spring starting rotation Thursday night in Tampa against the New York Yankees (7:05, ESPN). The righthander has already had two of his spring starts scratched with back issues.
March 17, 2015
Four pitchers have the best chances to make the Phillies starting rotation at the start of the season if Cliff Lee and/or Aaron Harang are injured or aren't ready: David Buchanan Where he stands: If Cliff Lee can't avoid surgery on his torn flexor tendon, Buchanan likely slots in as the Phillies' No. 4 or No. 5 starter. His spring so far: The second-year righthander has pitched well in three outings (one start), allowing only two runs over seven innings. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez Where he stands: Like Buchanan, he currently slots in as either the Phillies' fourth or fifth starter, dependent on Lee's status.
March 16, 2015 |
SWEET SPRING breezes will grace us in a week. Let me start the spring cleaning by tying up loose ends on some recent columns. I am tickled to report that Malcolm Monk has found kin of Joe Gumpper, the World War II soldier he befriended 70 years ago . Monk was 10 and living with his family in the tiny village of Painswick, England, when they all met Gumpper, a Philly native and U.S. Army technician with the 164th Engineer Combat Battalion....