Down on the farm in Treunbrietzen

Out and Back July 23, 2014 1 Comment

by Dante Zappala Follow the road out of Berlin down towards Wittenberg. Just before you get to the town of Treunbrietzen, make a right. You’ll rumble over cobblestones and cross a one lane bridge. Hang a left. Take the first dirt road you see to the barn with the solar panels on the roof. It’s […]
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Columnist offers more fixes for professional sports

From the Sidelines July 23, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome Last week we dealt with stopping stoppage time in soccer and eliminating the role of the Major League Baseball All-Star game as the determinant of which league has home-field advantage in the World Series. Here are a few more problems and solutions that shouldn’t be hard to implement, even though it’s not […]
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An ‘eye for an eye’ in everyday life

Opinion July 23, 2014 0 Comments

by Susan Karol Martel Nowhere is the truth of the phrase “an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind” more apparent than it has been due to events over the last several weeks in the Middle East. On June 12, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and, days later, discovered in a crude grave. […]
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Pastorius Park concerts: Rain, rain, go away (please)!

Note-Worthy July 18, 2014 1 Comment

by Michael Caruso For the third week in a row, the weather played a role in the summer season of concerts in Pastorius Park. The threat of rain, which never materialized, forced the moving of Mutlu’s June 25 concert from the park’s outdoor stage to the lower school auditorium of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. Considering […]
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J.S. Bach’s theatrical job audition very entertaining

Curtain Call July 18, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome When six musicians show up in Leipzig, Germany, to audition to be organist Johann Kuhnau’s replacement, all manner of madness ensues. The first thing you notice in the People’s Light and Theatre Company’s production (in Malvern) of Itamar Moses’ “Bach at Leipzig” is the curtain speech. You know the drill: turn off […]
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To find the key to Janet’s heart, look in the sand dune

From the Belfry July 17, 2014 0 Comments

by Janet Gilmore “You can’t retrace your steps.” — Gertrude Stein “We’ll have to retrace our steps.” — Hugh Gilmore Family vacation. “Mom, did you pack my headphones?” “I sure did, Andrew. They’re in the blue canvas bag under your feet,” I said. Back when we were school teachers, summer found us on the way […]
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What I’ve learned about writing a memoir by writing a memoir, Part 1

Enemies of Reading July 17, 2014 1 Comment

by Hugh Gilmore There’s rust building up around the metal frame of the casement window in my office. Its crusty orange blisters seem a little worse every time I look over there. Someone should do something about it, but I can’t because I’m in mid-project now – writing a memoir – and can’t be disturbed. […]
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During summer slowdown, some thoughts on how to fix sports

From the Sidelines July 17, 2014 0 Comments

by Clark Groome The events of the last few weeks – the World Cup, the baseball All Star Game, the NBA and NHL drafts – focused attention on what is great and what is flawed about these sports. The greatness speaks for itself, so let me make proposals about two changes that might remove some […]
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New life for an old bookstore

Opinion July 16, 2014 1 Comment

by Pete Mazzaccaro In this week’s issue, Sue Ann Rybak reports on Jake Sudderth, a Seattle native who has done the unthinkable and purchased a used-book store that he plans to move to Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy. That bookstore, Walk a Crooked Mile Books, is a nearly 20-year-old neighborhood institution. Founding owner Greg Williams […]
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Running into the night

Out and Back July 16, 2014 0 Comments

by Dante Zappala The apocalypse had come and gone. The gale force winds had subsided. Light rain misted sideways, riding the roller coaster of lingering gusts that swept across the fields of Germantown Academy. Even as lightning still flashed in the distance, Ben Szuhaj wanted to race. He had come to the track meet this […]
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