These are cynical times in Pa. politics

Opinion March 26, 2014 0 Comments

by Pete Mazzaccaro By now everyone’s familiar with Frank Underwood, the conniving congressman who is a central character in the Netflix show “House of Cards.” Underwood, a man modeled after Shakespeare’s MacBeth, spends every waking hour plotting how to retain power or gain more. Very little of his time is spent legislating, and when he […]
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Writers’ alert: Another reminder that you can’t have it all

Enemies of Reading March 26, 2014 0 Comments

by Hugh Gilmore This column is dedicated to those of you who have just opened a fresh manuscript copy book, or put a new sheet of paper in your Olivetti, or opened a new Word file on your computer, with the intention of writing an honest novel. It’s not dedicated to you just to applaud […]
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It gets late early, especially for the Phillies

From the Sidelines March 26, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome With their season starting Monday it’s too soon to write off the 2014 Phillies. It’s not, however, too soon to worry. The Phils’ fate likely rests on one man’s shoulders: Manager Ryne Sandberg’s. When the Phillies changed managers with just 42 games left last August, part of the justification for making the […]
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A new type of criminal in Chestnut Hill, soft and colorful

Life So Far March 21, 2014 1 Comment

by Jim Harris  Knitbombing, also called yarnbombing, seems to be a popular form of street art these days. A lot of places in Philly including spots in Chestnut Hill have been knitbombed, a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fiber rather than paint or chalk. […]
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‘Simple beauty and beautiful simplicity’ at St. Paul’s

Note-Worthy March 20, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, ushered in the Lenten season with a Choral Evensong Sunday afternoon, March 9. The parish’s music director, Zach Hemenway, chose a roster of choral works that perfectly established the somber tone of this most penitential of seasons in the Christian liturgical year, hitting the mark musically […]
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Selling knives (or anything) not a sharp career choice

Everyday Matters March 20, 2014 1 Comment

by Elise Seyfried A few months ago I got a phone call. It was a neighbor’s son contacting me about a “project” he was working on. Could I give him a few minutes of my time? “Certainly!” I replied. I’m all for imparting some of my wisdom to the younger generation. I imagined a school […]
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March: Big month for sports fans

From the Sidelines March 20, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome Ah! Spring! It officially starts this week, although the meteorologists actually say it began March 1. (Mother Nature clearly didn’t get the memo.) Not only is March the beginning of warmer weather and blooming flowers, it is also one of the busiest sports months of the year. To give you an idea […]
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