April 10, 2014 |
SO, THE DOCTORS gave Mary Lacca three to six months to live after a diagnosis in the spring of 2012 of brain cancer. Not likely. Mary had no intention of letting her illness interfere with her life of devotion to family and church and the fun things she enjoyed doing. She wasn't going to turn off the stove that produced so many mouthwatering meals, or stop caring for her "Seven Stars," as she called her seven children, and her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition, Mary wanted to participate in her treatment.
April 8, 2014 |
CORRECTION: A story Monday about Mayor Nutter's travels should have noted that he paid his own way to Democratic conventions in 2008 and 2012 even as the city paid for the rest of his entourage. Also, his office said it erred in totaling the city's costs for the 2008 event at $10,014, saying the correct figure was $7,296 — making it the second costliest of the trips described in the article and a chart. • Mayor Nutter's recent trip to Rome, where he posed with tourists, spoke with the pope, and slept in a five-star hotel, has renewed questions at home about his frequent travels.
April 7, 2014 |
I'm remembering a single moment - a rather inglorious moment - at the Castle Harbour Hotel in Bermuda when I realized that, at least symbolically, the honeymoon was over. My new husband and I were preparing to go to dinner in the hotel dining room, and I was late. I'm always late. Always have been. No matter how desperately I try to be punctual, something always gets in the way. And on this July evening, five decades ago, my bridegroom was starving. "Are you ready yet?"
April 7, 2014 |
About three years ago, I was living my cushy lifestyle in Washington, without a thought of leaving. I had an amazing group of friends, a job and colleagues I adored, and a beautiful apartment in a perfect location on Connecticut Avenue. My now-husband, then-boyfriend, suddenly changed my entire life in one day. He explained that he had been offered a position with his company in Jakarta, Indonesia, and that he simply couldn't pass it up. He urged me to join him, but respected my wishes either way with a positive attitude of "we will make it work no matter what.
April 4, 2014 |
Those who adored James Hart Jr. didn't know where in the world he would go next. But online, the 29-year-old left a digital trail of his adventures as he embraced his natural wanderlust. His blogs quoted Jack Kerouac. He shared photos of maps and art, and inspirational quotes. "You can buck tradition and others' expectations of you. You can triumph over your fears, by conquering your mind. You can take risks. And most of all, you can travel," he wrote on Facebook in June. "Jimmy" Hart, who grew up in Mantua, died doing all of those things.
April 3, 2014 |
TWO QUESTIONS: Why doesn't our nation have more passenger trains? And does the younger generation's declining interest in driving imply an opening for the expansion of public high-speed rail? Last May, the New York Times reported that all of us, and especially the so-called millennials, are driving less. The Times cites a report from U.S. Pirg, a nonprofit advocacy organization, that documents a six-decade increase in miles driven per capita, and then a surprising eight-year decline in total miles driven and a corresponding per-capita decline since 1996.
March 25, 2014 |
ROME - He's Philly's man in the Vatican, and he has close ties to all five counties of the Philadelphia region. The Rev. Bill Donovan, the fifth of eight children, grew up in Havertown's St. Denis Parish in Delaware County and went to Archbishop Carroll High School in Chester County. He taught at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Montgomery County, and at Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster, Bucks County. He now works for an employee of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. In January, Donovan became Archbishop Charles Chaput's liaison to the Pontifical Council for the Family, which is planning the enormous World Meeting of Families that could bring Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September 2015.
March 17, 2014 |
In the age of phishing, digital Trojan horses, and massive computer hacks, it's important to remember that some scams and schemes arrive the old-fashioned way: via the phone or mail. My latest reminder: an official-looking mailing marked "Travel Check Voucher Enclosed" and "Personal and Confidential. " Inside, it bore the name "US Airlines" alongside a logo. Just for a moment, both seemed oddly familiar. Why? Probably because "US Airlines" evokes the name of an actual carrier, US Airways, and because the logo, reminiscent of an airplane tail, is similar to that used by many airlines.
March 13, 2014 |
TEMPLE'S football team will open the season at Vanderbilt on Thursday, Aug. 28, in a night game. It's the Owls' first game against an SEC opponent since they lost at Vandy in 2006, Al Golden's first season as coach. The Commodores went 9-4 in 2013 for James Franklin, who has since moved on to Penn State. The Owls went 2-10, 1-7 for first-year coach Matt Rhule in the American Conference's inaugural season. Seven of their losses were by 10 points or fewer. Temple's home opener is Sept.
March 5, 2014 |
This winter's weather has been worse for airlines than any other time since the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. A string of brutal storms since Dec. 1 took a $5.8 billion toll on passengers, airlines, and U.S. airports, compared with $3.3 billion in a typical winter, according to masFlight, a software company specializing in airline operations. From Dec. 1 to Feb. 28, one million flights were delayed or canceled, affecting 90 million passengers. About one million passengers a day had travel plans interrupted, 200,000 more each day than in a usual winter.