July 10, 2015 |
It has been 34 years, six months, and change since Jimmy Carter ended his time as president of the United States. The years since have been full indeed, made clear in his new book, A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety . He brings book and life to the Free Library at 12:30 p.m. Friday for a book signing. "The life we have now," he writes, "is the best of all," as he and wife Rosalynn, 87, enjoy family, friends, and continued achievement. Carter spoke to The Inquirer - clearly, concretely, eloquently - about unlearning racism, teaching Sunday school, and leaving the Southern Baptist Convention because of his commitment to women's rights; partisan politics; and our country's role in the world.
July 9, 2015 |
Through a season of injuries, Union rookie Eric Bird hasn't gotten on the field for a Major League Soccer game. But he said he was grateful that the team allowed him to leave for a few days to attend the Women's World Cup final in Vancouver. Bird, 22, had a special rooting interest. He is dating midfielder Morgan Brian, who at 22 was the youngest member of the World Cup team. The two met while both were attending Virginia and have been dating nearly two years. "It was an extremely proud moment of mine going there," Bird said after the Union's practice Tuesday at PPL Park.
July 8, 2015 |
Although Carli Lloyd's play in the Women's World Cup was no big surprise, what she found after the title game certainly was. Four of her closest friends surprised Lloyd shortly after she scored three goals in leading the United States to a 5-2 World Cup victory over Japan on Sunday night in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her cousins Adam Wilson and Jaime Bula, her aunt Patti Wilson, and close friend Karen Zarrella flew to Vancouver to witness the title game and celebrate with Lloyd, who was named the tournament's most outstanding player.
July 8, 2015 |
The U.S. women's soccer team won the World Cup, and now Delran's Carli Lloyd has the marketing world at her feet, advertising and public relations experts say. But they caution that the team captain and superstar, who scored a hat trick - three goals in Sunday's final against Japan - to lead the women's team to its first World Cup title since 1999, has to strike quickly. "Right now is a good moment," said Americus Reed II, a marketing professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
July 6, 2015 |
The Inca Trail is a rite of passage. It is a religious experience, stretching from Peru's aptly named Sacred Valley, not too far from the city of Cusco, all the way to Machu Picchu. Really, it's only around 30 miles and can be traversed in a couple of days, but what it lacks in distance it makes up for in ecosystems, vistas, and ruins that are in no way ruinous. The trek begins at a small parking lot near a gatehouse that serves as the origin for most hikes to Machu Picchu; travelers must show their entrance tickets and have their passports stamped before beginning the hike.
July 5, 2015 |
In the new-Latin alternative-music continuum, Mexican actress/singer Ximena Sariñana is a regal figure, both pop and esoteric, a vocalist and composer whose strange, elegant, and occasionally raucous songs sound like St. Vincent singing John Barry's themes for 1960s James Bond flicks along the shores of Brazil. The tropical sway, the grandeur of epic, arching chords, the angular riffing of fuzztone guitars and synths - magnificent. That's the vibe Sariñana and her opening act, Dominican singer-songwriter Alex Ferreira (whose band backed Sariñana)
July 1, 2015 |
A fund-raiser rallying Latinos to donate to the World Meeting of Families was announced Monday to help meet the $45 million goal for the event that is bringing Pope Francis, the first Latino pope, to Philadelphia in September. Varsovia Fernandez, president of the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said a meeting with Latino leaders and business owners inspired creation of an online site and a mobile app for donations. The objective is to encourage at least 100,000 Latino donors to contribute at least $5 each.
June 30, 2015 |
THE DINOSAURS of "Jurassic World" mauled a talking teddy bear at the box office this past weekend. Then again, so did an 11-year-old girl. Seth MacFarlane 's "Ted 2" opened far under expectations with $32.9 million, according to Rentrak estimates yesterday, ceding the top two spots to holdovers "Jurassic World" and "Inside Out. " "Jurassic" narrowly held the top spot for the third weekend in a row with a mighty $54.2 million, pushing it...
June 29, 2015 |
Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson is one of the greatest performers of 2015. Seriously. Few actors can claim to have fought as many diverse foes, or done it with as much credibility and charisma, as Johnson has so far this year. And he's still got six months to go. In the mega-blockbuster Furious 7 , released in April, Johnson took on the man-versus-man thing, utilizing not only his hand-to-hand combat skills against Jason Statham's diminutive-yet-bomb-happy villain but also a flamethrower against, well, anyone else.
June 27, 2015 |
VATICAN CITY - The World Meeting of Families Catholic conference in Philadelphia will push the envelope a bit, as Catholic conferences go, and include sessions on the "hook-up culture," homosexuality, and the incarcerated, organizers said Thursday. The conference Sept. 22-25, the impetus for Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia, has also already broken registration records. "In Philadelphia, the homeland of American Independence, the bell will ring for families," said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for Families, which oversees the meeting.