Don’t give this Hill writer a left-handed compliment

Local Life August 15, 2014 0 Comments

by Rita Charleston It’s often been observed that while the great dancer Fred Astaire received most of the attention and fanfare for his amazing routines, his partner Ginger Rogers was doing everything he was doing — only she was doing it all backwards and in high heels! Now, it’s not that I consider myself a […]
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Sports columnist covers a lot more than fun and games

Local Life August 15, 2014 0 Comments

by John Colgan-Davis I don’t regularly write about sports in these columns. It just doesn’t seem quite appropriate most of the time. I do not normally talk to most folks about sports. My wife and family and I have discussions about the disappointment of the Phillies this year and the apparent re-awakening of the Eagles, […]
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Chronicles Folk Festival for posterity – Wyndmoor car repairman brings high octane to photos

Local Life August 14, 2014 0 Comments

by Nathan Lerner Now in its 53rd year, the Philadelphia Folk Festival will kick off Thursday, Aug. 14, and extend through the weekend. Once again, the annual musical extravaganza will take place on the Old Poole Farm outside Schwenksville in Montgomery County. The diverse musical line-up includes Old Crow Medicine Show, Jason Isbell (of the […]
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Pathetic cell phone addiction belongs in the toilet

Over the Top August 14, 2014 0 Comments

by Mike Todd For that brief moment, when your iPhone is hurtling downward through the artificially freshened restroom air, from the privacy of your stall, you will think, “Please, when you land, go clackety-clack-skitter, not sploosh.” You may even have a chance to lean your head to one side, like the bad guys have just […]
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What I’ve learned about writing a memoir by writing a memoir, Part 3

Enemies of Reading August 14, 2014 2 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore The single hardest part of writing a memoir is deciding what to leave out. You’d think that was an easy thing to do, but it is not. It is difficult because the writer is so close to his material. Yes, it’s easy to know the big events of your life and the […]
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Encounter with a wise senior

Out and Back August 14, 2014 0 Comments

by Dante Zappala I met Rolf before we even said hello. I spotted him a good block away as he vibrantly bounded through the old city of Schwerin. Glowing against the gray background of formality and reserve, he pierced stares to find smiles around him. With Rolf, strangers become instant friends, and I was no […]
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Return of the Straw Maze: The Bales of Cornwall

News August 14, 2014 0 Comments

The bales return! Join us at Woodmere on Friday, Sept. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. for the opening of our annual straw maze. Bring your children and grandchildren, invite friends from across the region, and join us for a pleasurable evening and refreshments on the Museum’s porch. Please also visit with the entire family […]
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Teens’ Guatemala trip cements a long-term relationship

News August 13, 2014 0 Comments

by Pete Mazzaccaro Early in the pre-dawn hours of July 3, 23 Teenagers Inc. members packed themselves and 45 suitcases of supplies destined for Guatemala on a bus bound for Newark Airport. It was the sixth trip the Chestnut Hill-based group was making to the Central American nation for a rendezvous with an agency that […]
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Hillers help school for impoverished Phila. children

News August 13, 2014 0 Comments

by Sue Ann Rybak It’s the middle of July but school is still in session at St. James School, an Episcopal middle school in the Allegheny West section of North Philadelphia that provides students with a tuition-free private education. Josiah Cotten, who will be in seventh grade in September, said he likes being here because […]
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Shrinking dollars and growing demand

Opinion August 13, 2014 0 Comments

by Pete Mazzaccaro If there’s one single theme for Philadelphia, it’s this: More and more with less and less. Nowhere is this dynamic more obvious than the plight of Philadelphia’s public school district, which is currently forced to plead, beg and shame state Republican lawmakers into passing a citywide tax on cigarettes that will generate […]
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