May 2, 2016 |
Among the thousands of athletes who competed at the 122nd Penn Relays, none received the attention and adulation of 100-year-old Ida Keeling, all 4-feet, 6-inches of her. The crowd of 44,469 was on its feet Saturday during all 1 minute and 17.33 seconds that Keeling ran - or more accurately, power-walked - the 100 meters. All her fellow competitors stood just beyond the finish to watch her after they completed the race. And when it was over, the New York resident did a few push-ups and leg lifts to prove she is a fitness devotee.
May 2, 2016 |
In November, I booked our all-inclusive vacation to Martinique, wired the deposit, and began counting down the days to our March week in the Caribbean. Including my wife, Linda, and our grown children, Max and Zoe, we were a family of four headed for the nonstop sports and lavish buffets of Club Med's Buccaneers Creek in the French West Indies. We had heard that some vacationers were canceling travel to the region because of a spooky, mosquito-borne virus surging in South America and making its way up the archipelago that includes Martinique.
August 16, 2013 |
A trademark earnestness and delight in quirky discovery suffused the cluttered, third-floor loft above Old City's vintage Franklin Fountain one morning last week. The curious Berley Brothers (Eric and Ryan), dressed in their customary period attire, heavily dependent on knickers and bow ties, were showing off their newfound collection of sugar (and, thus, also candy) memorabilia. Out of cardboard sleeves, they slipped black-and-white photos of cane-cutting in Hawaii, of half-naked workers in the West Indies stoking fires as ferocious as a steam engine's, of industrial giants on the Delaware riverfront where the world's largest sugar-maker in the day (Franklin Sugar Refining)
April 28, 2013 |
Penn State is more than a three-hour ride from Franklin Field, but the Nittany Lions like to think of the Penn Relays as a home game for their track team, especially those runners who have been competing at the carnival since high school. The Lions certainly felt right at home Friday. They received a gutty 1,600-meter anchor leg from sophomore Robby Creese and picked up a hard-earned victory over Villanova and Oregon in the men's distance medley relay, their first win in the event since 1959.
April 15, 2013 |
When the phone rang one afternoon last week, a familiar voice was on the line. It belonged to the prancing front man of the band that throughout its illustrious and sometimes sinister history defined what rock-and-roll is better than any other in the music's history. "Is this Dan?," he asked, then introduced himself. "Hi, Dan, it's Mick," he said, pausing for a half-beat and adding, "Jagger. " He was phoning from somewhere in the West Indies: "I'm away from everything, doing pre-prep for the tour rehearsals.
March 18, 2012
1. f. Russia. 2. h. Sweden. 3. d. Italy. 4. i. Wales. 5. c. India. 6. j. West Indies. 7. g. Spain. 8. b. France. 9. e. Mexico. 10. a. Czech Republic.
March 18, 2012
While reflecting on this weekend's festivities in honor of St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, see if you can match up other nations and their patron saints. (In some cases, the saint listed is just one of a country's patron saints.) 1. St. Basil the Great. 2. St. Bridget. 3. St. Catherine of Siena. 4. St. David. 5. St. Francis Xavier. 6. St. Gertrude. 7. St. James the Greater. 8. St. Joan of Arc. 9. Our Lady of Guadalupe. 10. St. Wenceslas.
February 10, 2008 |
Look at the list of marquee musicians with songs released exclusively on Appleseed Recordings over the last decade, and you might think there was a major label hiding out in West Chester. Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Wyclef Jean, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Earle, Ani DiFranco, Jackson Browne, Pete Seeger, Lou Reed, and Donovan have all recorded for the label, which was founded by political activist-turned-music exec Jim Musselman in 1997. The label has two artists up for Grammys tonight, guitarist David Bromberg and African American a capella group Sweet Honey in the Rock.
October 28, 2001 |
Not too long ago, on a trip in the islands, my grown daughter and I found ourselves stuck in St. Barts. Well, "stuck" is really a poor choice of words, especially nowadays, when many Americans would be uncomfortable feeling stuck outside the country. But it accurately describes our dilemma. If one had to be stuck anywhere, I'd probably choose St. Barts, except for the fact that it's one of the Caribbean's most expensive places to visit. So we had to use our imagination and the few bucks left in our pocketbooks to make the most of it. And we did. We settled in at Le Presqu'ile on the waterfront in the only town, Gustavia.
May 4, 2001 |
From the director of Slam comes Brooklyn Babylon, a dreamy, nightmarish, sexy, poetic riff on the theme of Solomon and Sheba. Here the lovers are called Sol and Sara, a soulful hip-hop artist from the West Indies (Tariq Trotter of the Roots) and an ethereal Jewish beauty (Karen Goberman) who live in neighboring enclaves in Brooklyn. Though the ethnic groups are in proximity, both are insular and have nothing but suspicion and contempt for outsiders. As in Mississippi Masala, a car collision introduces the protagonists, who slowly learn that their two cultures have not only biblical ancestors in common, but rhythms and passions of the musical and romantic varieties.