May 12, 2015 |
Her arms draped in Hermes Birkin handbags that retail for $13,000 each, a laughing Linda Lightman had to confess: She doesn't own a single one herself. "But they're coveted by many," she added with considerable appreciation. Such longing will translate into $25 million in sales this year for Linda's Stuff, the online luxury-consignment business Lightman started 15 years ago. At eBay, where a projected $83 billion in gross merchandise value was transacted last year, Linda's Stuff is considered a superstar.
April 14, 2015 |
There are many reasons that Brandon is well-liked by his peers, and that his teachers report he is a joy to have in their classrooms. At 15, he enjoys pleasing others, is polite and cooperative and especially protective of younger children. His interests are wide-ranging, from riding his bike and scooter, swimming, and bowling to watching movies and playing video games. He prefers one-on-one competition, and loves the attention it brings him. He also enjoys spending time with the dogs and ferrets in his foster home.
March 17, 2015 |
Jay doesn't just play the guitar, he plays it well. So, when this 17-year-old thinks about what to do with his life, one of his happiest dreams is a career in music. A bundle of energy, he also loves sports, and is a member of his school's soccer and basketball teams. When not on the playing field or the court, he frequently can be found testing his skill at video games. A 10th grader, Jay lists math and reading as his favorite subjects, although he also likes school because he gets to socialize with friends.
December 26, 2014 |
Rodman wants no part of Kim Jong-un Remember when former basketballer and professional strange person Dennis Rodman traveled to North Korea on what he called a goodwill tour-plus-basketball-diplomacy effort? Remember when he said North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un , was his bosom pal? Wonder how that whole thing is working out for the Rod-Man, what with the brouhaha over The Interview and the Sony hack. Turns out there's a video game titled Glorious Leader! , made by the company Moneyhorse Games.
October 14, 2014 |
When they hear the word adoption, people often think of babies. However, the majority of children in need of permanent homes are school-age, and many are teenagers. Among them is Jordan. At 15, he is handsome, attentive, and well-mannered, and takes pride in his appearance. He also excels in sports, enjoys playing basketball with friends, and gets a kick out of testing his skills at video games. Jordan's favorite foods are hamburgers, french fries, spaghetti with meatballs, rice and beans, and salads.
August 13, 2014 |
Instead of wasting their summers, say, playing video games, 11 area teens spent it learning how to make video games. The games were entirely original. One was even unique to Philadelphia. Running For Office stars Mayor Nutter, in a business suit, running through the city's streets jumping over attacking black cats while trying to avoid a green dinosaur right on his heels. The game was one of two created with the help of PHL Collective, a local independent game company, in an unusual summer partnership.
July 10, 2014 |
Julie Bogle, 10, and her sister Mallory, 7, are mean Skylanders players. But surprisingly, so are parents Jeff and Jill. In fact, video games are the Exton family's favorite pastime. It started about three or four years ago when the girls received a Nintendo Wii and had trouble managing the controller and "nunchuk" at the same time, so the parents paired up to help them. "It was fun and quickly became a tradition," recalled Jeff, 38, who says their family now plays together at least once every other week.
June 17, 2014 |
Quason, 13, and Daequan, 11, share not only the same foster placement but also almost all the same interests and goals, so close are the brothers. Both are passionate about sports and dream of playing professionally some day in either the NBA or the NFL. They enjoy testing their skill at video games, riding bikes, listening to music - Daequan also aspires to a career in rap - and eating chicken and seafood. Quason and Daequan agree that their prized possession is the iPod, that making the basketball league is their proudest achievement, and that Christmas is their favorite holiday.
June 2, 2014 |
MACAU - During any Philadelphia Orchestra tour, the players need some means of retreating from the 24/7 reality of being on the road. Some play video games. Others practice Bach sonatas in their hotel rooms. But here, the siren call of Macau Tower and what claims to be the world's highest bungee jump - 764 feet - has been heeded by a handful of musicians. Last year, three - including assistant conductor designate Lio Kuokman, 32, a Macau native - did the jump. "I did not tell my mother," he said, guiltily.
May 27, 2014 |
Tyrek, a soft-spoken 13-year-old, is often described as "very laid-back. " He loves watching sports, but also playing them, especially baseball and football. Indoors, he frequently can be found in front of the TV, testing his skills at video games; he loves the challenge, and is willing to take on anyone. A good student, Tyrek routinely receives above-average grades. His grades in history have shown marked improvement, though it's not his favorite class. That distinction goes to gym. In his foster placement, he cheerfully does chores and helps out whenever he is needed.