December 20, 2000 |
Alice S. Wilson, an old-fashioned mom, died Friday. She was 82 and lived in Tioga. In the 1940s and 1950s, Alice Wilson helped run Wilson's Hotspot, a restaurant on West Diamond Street. She later worked in food service at the Masonic Home and, in between, worked as a first rate seamstress. But, the primary job Alice took pride in was being a mom. "She was an old-fashioned mom and was home a long time," recalled Elaine Wilson Simmons, a daughter. "She was always cooking and sewing.
December 12, 2000 |
All together, they have lived through more than 3 1/2 centuries' worth of Christmases. They have lived through Christmases of joy and despair, of family harmony and families torn apart. Some have lived through ones where the Christmas trees stayed up through January, waiting for sons and husbands to come home from World War II. Above all, they have lived through enough Christmases to know what counts and what doesn't. Enough to say that what they really want for Christmas this year is world peace - and to mean it, beyond doubt or hesitation.
July 6, 1993 |
You are Opie with a fishing pole slung over your shoulder, whistling with your dad, Sheriff Andy, in Mayberry. You are Lucy in love with Ricky. A doctor in Hawkeye's "swamp" tent on M A S H. A member of The Brady Bunch. A private in the cavalry on F Troop. You live in the world of classic television, alongside characters who have lived on longer than their creators ever dreamed. If there's any doubt that the old shows can be just as meaningful for viewers as the newer ones, consider the mailing list of a television novelty- item store at the Willow Grove Mall in Willow Grove.
October 20, 1989 |
Services were to be held this morning for Hosea Harvey, who wrapped his life around the virtues of family, work and word of honor. Harvey, who died Sunday, was 81 and lived in Southwest Philadelphia. He had worked a number of jobs, including cook and chauffeur, before becoming a truck driver for Coronet Container Corp. He worked for Coronet for 25 years before retiring. But even in retirement he liked to get up early and organize his day. Just a few months ago he painted the entire inside of his home.
December 21, 1994 |
Kwanzaa, the cultural holiday that African-Americans have celebrated since 1966, begins Dec. 26 and lasts for seven days, concluding on New Year's Day. The holiday - which has come to be observed by people of African descent in other nations as well as America - was created by Maulana (Ron) Karenga, a professor of black studies at California State University College in Long Beach. Karenga envisioned a non-religious celebration of thanksgiving and sharing in which African-Americans from all faiths could participate.
December 3, 2009 |
A few weeks ago - with the Thanksgiving drums just beginning to beat - I was importuned to judge a pageant of sorts, of sweet potato pies. It was to be part of the rather low-key hoopla that attended the opening of the current George Washington Carver exhibition at the Academy of Natural Sciences. I couldn't make it. Much to my regret. (The contestants were to have been eaten, one and all, at the end.) But I am, in point of fact, a fan of good sweet potato pies, having sampled a fair number during my North Carolina years; and later, fine, moon-faced exemplars in the basements of the historic African Methodist Episcopal churches of North Philadelphia.
May 16, 1991 |
I think Anne and Mavis, the nurses in our dispensary, really want to believe. But they have trouble keeping the faith. "How'd you do?" Mavis asks hopefully when I step from the scale. "Gee, I don't understand that," she'll say when she hears the bad news. "My weight hasn't changed in 30 years. " Anne, who is as tall and slim today as she was a schoolgirl, says she watches her weight. "I weigh myself weekly," she once confided. "If I gain a pound, I lose it right away," Of course, they are effusive in their encouragement and generous with their compassion.
October 16, 1987 |
The two main deals going down in Spicer's Bakery, 7202 Ogontz Ave., Germantown, are Cleveland Spicer's secret sweet potato pie and Cleveland Spicer's secret sweet potato cheesecake - both of them highly addictive but street legal. Spicer takes his secretiveness seriously. "People try to catch me cooking so they can learn my magic," he says conspiratorially. "I changed my counter out front so you have to jump over it to get into the kitchen. " And you'd have to be a kangaroo to jump over it without breaking your neck.
January 22, 2016
Patti cakes Patti LaBelle's latest hit? Her sweet potato pie, which became a viral sensation after a fan uploaded a video of himself enjoying the dessert and singing his satisfaction. Now, the local superstar is back with a second, and third, helping: vanilla Bundt cake with vanilla icing, and a three-layer caramel cake with buttercream filling and caramel glaze. Both are manufactured for mass appeal but manage to hit the high notes. - Samantha Melamed Patti LaBelle Premium Caramel Cake, $13.94 at Walmart.
November 24, 2015 |
Walmart is doing the math and by all indications the square root of pie is the correct answer. Sweet potato pie , that is. Thanks to Philly's own songbird Patti LaBelle and one of her biggest fans, the retail giant is nearly sold out of the popular holiday dessert, which bears her name. The Walmart in Cheltenham even posted multiple signs at its entrance telling shoppers the pies were sold out. A sinfully delicious frenzy has been created by way of nutmeg, butter, sugar and a hilarious viral Internet video.