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A Look Back in History by Richard L.T. Orth: Fraktur among the Pennsylvania Dutch

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    Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Vampires are cool again in anti-’Twilight’ film ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’

    “Nosferatu.” “Dracula.” “Vampyr.” “Near Dark.” It isn’t too soon to add “Only Lovers Left Alive” to the list of the greatest vampire films – although this newest entry into the genre isn’t exactly a horror film, per se. The staples of the myth are there (sunlight = bad, etc.), but this film is more concerned with the attitudes of these centuries-old beings than with the terror they inflict upon we humans. That they are in fact, vampires, is almost incidental, but that status affords an easy...

    By Robert Humanick For 21st Century Media |

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    ‘The Immigrant’ reflects on the struggles of finding a home in America

    Marion Cotillard has not been nominated for an Academy Award since her role as Édith Piaf won the statuette for “La Vie En Rose” in 2007. A second nomination for her work in this year’s “The Immigrant” should be a given, except that the normally awards-hungry Harvey Weinstein has put so little faith into this remarkable film that it is no surprise that the majority of those reading this will not have even heard of it before now. Despite its star power, production values, and guaranteed high...

    By Rob Humanick For 21st Century Media |

  • Opinion

    Mind Your Body: Reiki to the Rescue

    Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a subtle and deeply comforting Japanese technique which promotes stress reduction, relaxation, healing, and overall balance. One well-known Reiki teacher defines Reiki as “unconditional love.” It was introduced to the United States by Hawayo Takata in the 1930’s and has increased in popularity in recent years. It works well in conjunction with other healing modalities and is gentle, safe, and highly effective. Reiki is administered by a light hand placement on...

    By Dorian Abel Healing Yoga |

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    A Look Back in History by Richard L.T. Orth: Congressman Daniel Hoch and our American Patriotism

    Last fall, our American Folklife Institute did an article on the Sacred Oak of the Oley Valley (“Godhead Trees and Virgin Forests”), and while working on the Oley Valley History II: The Federal Years, I had become reacquainted with the knowledge that this iconic natural wonder was on the farmstead once owned by Congressman Daniel Hoch in Oley Township.

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  • Opinion

    Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: “SNOWPIERCER” and “LIFE ITSELF”: Two great movies lead the charge on new distribution method

    Two of the best pictures of the year are currently in theaters, but not necessarily near you. Fortunately, these films – the sci-fi dystopia “Snowpiercer” and “Life Itself,” the documentary about the late Roger Ebert – are both employing a distribution model that acknowledges the ways technology has changed how movies are both made and watched. If you live close to a theater showing them, by all means, see them with an audience. The roughly 90 percent of audiences who do not can instead...

    By Robert Humanick For 21st Century Media |

  • Opinion

    Up to Speed with David Barr: Almirola takes King back to Victory Lane

    Hello readers, Rain was a major factor again for the second time this year at another race at Daytona. The cars never got on track Saturday night as rain postponed the Coke Zero 400 from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon. Rain pushed the race to and forced the race to end early on Sunday. Congratulations to Aric Almirola, who was out front and did the rain dance to perfection as he was declared the winner when the rain came again after 113 laps. It was Almirola’s first career win...

    By David Barr For 21st Century Media |

  • Opinion

    From Arthur’s Policy Desk: Hobby Lobby, An Example of What Does Not Matter

    In the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., Hobby Lobby asserted that from its religious perspective, anything that prevented the fertilized egg from growing into a baby – by definition – was in the same category as abortion. Under the Affordable Care Act, employers are required to provide a base level of care within the health care insurance that they provide to their employees. Birth control is included in that base level coverage. Under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

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  • Opinion

    Thinking Out Loud by Connie Schaeffer: A day to display our patriotism

    Every year we celebrate American Independence Day on the 4th of July and this year will be no exception. Our great nation will be celebrating its 238th birthday. It is always a treat to have a day off to kick summer into high gear. For a lot of families it means heading to the Jersey Shore, grabbing some thrills at Dorney Park or perhaps visiting the Kutztown Folk Festival. It’s a day for an old fashioned picnic, eating ice cream and watching some spectacular fireworks after the sun sets.

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  • Opinion

    Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Donald Rumsfeld highlighted in documentary ‘The Unknown Known’

    There should be no doubt among anyone who has seen any of Errol Morris’ films (which began with 1978 profound “Gates of Heaven”) that he is among our greatest living documentarians. Few have so incisively probed their subjects’ knotty moral grounds while also pushing the form of the medium. While the talented filmmaker’s latest “The Unknown Known” can be called another triumph, this is a film as much about what Morris is able to extract from his subject as what can only be read between the...

    By Robert Humanick For 21st Century Media |

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    Up to Speed with David Barr: Keselowski dominates at Kentucky

    Hello readers, If you looked up the word dominant in the dictionary, you might find a picture of Brad Keselowski celebrating in Victory Lane after winning the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky. Kyle Busch attempted to steal the win away but he didn’t have the car to hold off Keselowski as Keselowski retook the lead with just 19 laps to go. Congratulations to Keselowski who led 199 of the 267 laps in the race. Both he and his Penske teammate Joey Logano were near untouchable as they...

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