June 15, 2015 |
The small plane banked steeply to give us a better view of the remains of a circular hilltop city rising from the wide plain barely a mile below. "Megiddo," the pilot said, pointing. "This is the Valley of Armageddon. " Israel lies at the meeting point of three continents, but it is also a temporal nexus of past and present, where the ages of settlement can be seen and even touched in the layers of its ancient towns. As a teacher of history, I came to Israel seeking its past but found the current events taking place amid its archaeological sites competed for my interest, and in a few places like Megiddo, steeped in Biblical portent, it was the future that cast the longest shadow.
June 12, 2015 |
THANK GOODNESS. Had another day gone by without major news from the Kardashians (better to offset any news from Caitlyn Jenner ), we all might have withered like the untended Gerberdaisies that once graced Temp Tatt's stoop. (Sorry, flowers.) Luckily, Kim Kardashian didn't limit her week merely to renting out the Staples Center for Kanye West 's 38th birthday so that Justin Bieber , John Legend and other FOKs (that's Friends of Kanye) could pretend to be Lakers.
June 12, 2015 |
ANYWHERE IN the world where injustice reared its ugly head, it wouldn't have been surprising to find Sheri Rosenberg there, fighting it. Sheri roamed the world lecturing on human-rights law and spoke tirelessly about the evils of genocide and the plight of all victims of intolerance. Much of her motivation stemmed from the fact that her late father, Marcus Rosenberg, survived the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz as a child, and her mother, Ann Pappenheim, escaped Vienna in 1939, a year after the Nazis took over.
June 11, 2015 |
By the time they moved to Woolwich Township, Tony Gioia and Grace Ellis had already had their lives altered for the worse; both had lost loved ones on 9/11. Denise Dales had a new perspective on life on that morning nearly 14 years ago, too. Then a Woodbury resident, she had plans to attend a 9 a.m. work meeting at the South Tower of the World Trade Center, but canceled, uneasy about taking her 2-month-old son along. Gioia, Ellis, and Dales, who also moved to Woolwich after the attacks, will be in the procession Wednesday when township officials bring a 4,000-pound steel beam - a relic from a day of tragedy - to the township from New York City, for a future 9/11 memorial in front of the town hall.
June 6, 2015 |
BRICK, N.J. - Standing in a dark hospital hallway, inhaling deeply and pumping the hands of her two young daughters as if they were confidence-boosting devices, Christie Rampone waited anxiously to be introduced at her hometown's World Cup send-off. In an adjacent Ocean Medical Center lobby, filled with colorful cupcakes, balloons, streamers, and little girls in soccer uniforms, an excited buzz became a shriek when the event's host screamed her name. As he did, a bazooka boomed and, through a blizzard of red, white, and blue confetti, Rampone emerged.
June 6, 2015 |
Reese Palley, 93, a flamboyant entrepreneur, art impresario, adventurer, promoter of eccentric business enterprises around the globe, and public scold on matters as diverse as nuclear energy and how to revive Atlantic City, died Wednesday, June 3, at his Philadelphia home. In 1994, upon his return from a 15-year, around-the-world sailing jaunt aboard a 46-foot sloop called Unlikely, Mr. Palley observed in an Inquirer interview that "it's not that I'm so exciting . . . it's just that everybody else is so dull.
June 5, 2015 |
'PY!", a voice called from within the crowd. "PM!", the audience screamed back. It was clear everyone knew the Team Black! chant was - as Perry "Vision" DiVirgilio, award-winning poet and mentor for the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement (PYPM), puts it - an "homage to going all the way in. " And that the response, "Dashikis and war paint, aaahh!" meant their souls were about to beat into their poems. The PYPM chant filled the auditorium Friday at the University of the Arts as the poets of the Western division took the stage in front of 100 of their peers to fight for spots on the Slam League championship team in the last of five spoken-word battles held throughout the three-month season.
June 4, 2015 |
Donna Cavanagh says the world is brimming with mockable material - like the sex toy designed for those grieving the loss of a partner. The glass device can be filled with ashes of your dead lover. "I mean, come on. That story was like handing me gold," Cavanagh, 53, of East Norriton, says of the essay she wrote about it. Her writing finds a home on the website she founded four years ago, Humor Outcasts, where now more than 100 other humorists - cartoonists, novelists, stand-up comedians, and TV producers and writers, many well-known - contribute essays, memes, parodies, satires, and cringe comedy at a blush-under-R rating.
June 1, 2015 |
When Pope Francis' jet climbs above Philadelphia on the last Sunday of September and banks east for Rome, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput might allow himself a sigh of relief. The World Meeting of Families - three hectic years in the planning - will be over at last. The six-day international gathering, capped by Francis' visit, "keeps me awake at night," Chaput said in a recent interview. The huge event, expected to draw as many as two million people, is the latest in a litany of challenges to confront him since his arrival in September 2011.
June 1, 2015 |
HARRISON, N.J. - As the national anthem concluded before the U.S. women's soccer team kicked off against South Korea, the American Outlaws fan club raised a giant banner in front of the stands at its end of the field. It depicted the Women's World Cup trophy along with a simple message: "BRING IT HOME. " But Saturday's scoreless draw at a sold-out Red Bull Arena showed that there is still work to be done if the Americans are to accomplish that mission. In part because stars Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe were out injured, the attack lacked fluidity.