April 21, 2014 |
Spring has been here for more than a month, and I'm just getting to seasonal cleaning suggestions. From Robin Wilson, described as a healthy-space designer and "ambassador" for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, come the following tips: In the bathroom, get rid of your vinyl shower curtain, because it holds mold more easily and off-gases. Use a nylon curtain instead. Use nontoxic cleansers, and always lower the toilet seat when flushing to ensure that spraying particles do not land near or on your towels, toothbrushes, or soaps.
November 28, 2012
State officials in Harrisburg and Trenton shouldn't gamble on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey lotteries - particularly if the promised gains from planned privatization schemes prove as elusive as this week's $500 million Powerball jackpot. Both Govs. Corbett and Christie are exploring leasing out lottery operations to expand revenue. While neither lottery is broken - both are seen as efficient cash cows that bring in, respectively, $3.4 billion and $2.6 billion a year - the governors can't really be faulted for examining strategies to keep the funds flowing.
August 5, 2012 |
One of the worst habits that a museumgoer can acquire is spending more time reading labels than looking at the works of art they describe. Yet in the case of "100 Works for 100 Years" at the Delaware Art Museum, reading is, oddly, just as important as looking, if not more so. That's because the story this exhibition tells is mainly concerned with how the 100 works entered the museum's collection and, in the larger context, how all art museums grow....
June 24, 2011 |
Forty-one children, all of whom had lost a parent or sibling, began every morning this week sitting in a circle. Little glass hearts were passed around. The children held them in their palms, joined hands, and recited: "We weave our hearts and hands together in the circle of safety and trust, to support each other as we explore our dreams and hopes together. " This action each morning at Camp Charlie in a sense transported these children, freed them. The message was clear: You are here, together, with others like you. This is a chance to let down your guard, to open up, to heal.
June 10, 2011 |
Neither Christmastime nor summer vacation brings as much joy and anticipation to Mary Lou Piecyk as the first week of June. "This is the best week of the year, no doubt about it," she said as she carried a '50s-era makeup case to the sidewalk and plopped it atop a growing pile of detritus that until recently had been stuffed into closets and drawers in her house. "I'm off, too, so I can really enjoy it. " What Piecyk was so excited about was Narberth's "junk week," as it's known, when residents look at the rubbish-filled refuse stations that used to be their homes and start hauling the dross out to the curb for a weeklong communal uncluttering.
August 6, 2010 |
Like the scientist she is, Karen Snetselaar is methodically compiling a "before" list, so that "after" the Cynwyd Heritage Trail is built, everyone will know what was there first. This is knowledge for its own sake, which folks like Snetselaar, head of the biology department at St. Joseph's University, relish and build careers on. But it's useful, too: Her survey of plants growing along the old railroad bed, formerly part of the R6/Cynwyd line, will be shortened from more than 100 to about 20, then offered as a guide to trail visitors for fun and instruction.
January 20, 2010 |
They travel in packs, noses just inches away from GPS screens. Suddenly, "I found it!", one boy announces, grinning and peeling away from the group of a half dozen. The others intensify their focus. "Me too!", shouts another a moment later, until all six kids are crowded around a tree on Girard Avenue, pulling out from a knot a plastic screw-top bottle painted to resemble tree bark. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but everyone gathers around, eager to see what's inside. This is geocaching (JEE-oh-cash-ing)
July 31, 2009 |
With the economy biting into the budget for getaways, late-summer vacationers could find themselves scaling back grand plans in favor of less exotic, more modestly priced destinations. A Philadelphia "staycation" offers a chance to rediscover the affordable and accessible charms of this city. "Philadelphia is an amazing value destination because we not only have history, we have culture, dining, and nightlife," said Caroline Bean, who works to promote the city for the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp.
November 23, 2008 |
At age 51, it's all downhill. So I put on skis for the first time and enjoyed the ride. I also strapped on snowshoes to look for treasure on a snow-covered mountain and ventured onto a frozen reservoir to see whether the fish were biting (they were). Here's how I stayed safe while having fun in Utah: The Charleston on skis. At Powder Mountain, north of Salt Lake City, I took a one-hour Learn to Ski group lesson for $55, including rentals and lift ticket. First, we glided horizontally across the ski slope on one ski; then on two skis.
August 8, 2008 |
A certain amphibian will rein at the Philadelphia Zoo this weekend during Frog Days of Summer, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The two-day frog fete will feature learning activities, including several zookeeper talks on topics such as frog conservation; up-close looks at various frog species; and frog call stations. Live entertainment will include the Frog Olympics, pitting frogs against one another in activities such as a Frog Feast and a Frog Long Jump Competition.