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Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: ‘Mr. Turner’ is a ‘masterpiece’

By Robert Humanick Columnist |

Felicia Fisher’s Slice Of Life: Serving up chocolate...very hot

You simply can’t go wrong with chocolate and since Americans consume 2.8 BILLION pounds of it per year, it’s safe to say I’m not the only one who agrees with that sentiment. The irony of my extolling the virtues of chocolate is th...

By Felicia Fisher Columnist |


  • Opinion

    Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Marion Cotillard soars in life-affirming ‘Two Days, One Night’

    “Two Days, One Night” may well be a small cinematic miracle, which would make it par for the course with the works of the Dardenne Brothers. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne write, produce, and direct together, and their body of work contains some of the greatest insights into the human condition as we’ve seen from any living filmmaker.

    By Robert Humanick Columnist |

  • Columns

    Meet Private Beetle Bailey’s Protege

    Just wait a minute! Uncle Sam wants to send ME to Vietnam for 12 months? I am the one who went to camp the summer after fourth grade and was so homesick that I actually ended up in the infirmary for a few days but was fine once I reached home. I was a “wall-hugger”, a “stay-at-homer”, college graduate, who was married about 20 months before being drafted. Oh, that’s right I was not an individual but just a number, one of over 2.7 million Americans who...

    By Jeff Hall Columnist |

  • Letters

    Letter to the Editor: Stop voting against programs that help people who are in distress

    Dear editor: I’m writing this letter in response to Sen. Toomey’s votes against victims of domestic violence and abuse. He has voted three times to defund programs that protect women from domestic violence, including ones that combat violence against women. He also voted against providing transitional housing assistance for victims of domestic violence. Toomey’s votes against victims of abuse don’t stop there.


  • Opinion

    Reel Experiences with Robert Humanick: Somber, brooding ‘A Most Violent Year’ a compelling period piece

    If you were flipping through the channels and came across “A Most Violent Year,” you’d be forgiven for initially thinking it was a film from the 1970s, indebted as it is to the deliberate, somber drama and muted visual palates of the first two “Godfather” films, among others. The year is 1981, statistically the worst year in crime experienced by New York City at that point in history, but the emphasis on codes of honor and the maintenance of a business amid...

    By Robert Humanick Columnist |

  • Opinion

    Felicia Fisher’s Slice of Life: Snow-Day scones

    I’ve come to the conclusion that resolutions are simply pointless. In fact, statistics show that only 9% of people who make resolutions at the beginning of the new year actually report achieving them several months later. My perpetual resolution, which I routinely make upon returning from vacation, is to “get organized.” There’s something about staying in a tidy hotel/condominium/cruise ship room that makes me loath returning to my own house full of unorganized...

    By Felicia Fisher Columnist |

  • Columns

    A Look Back in History: Colonial Trade with the Port of Philadelphia

    Before the 1862 Oley Valley Turnpike was opened from Pikeville to Black Bear Tavern, facilitating later trade with the town of Reading, many Colonial styled Conestoga wagons, like the surviving 1803 Sternbergh wagon, hauled wheat grain to the Port of Philadelphia from the Oley Valley during harvest grain rushes. Feeding the starving world with Oley Valley wheat via the port of Philadelphia was very real, since immigrant settlers tilling our soil were themselves fortunate to leave the...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist |

  • Opinion

    From Arthur’s Policy Desk: The Moynihan Report, 50 Years of Policy Debate

    This month is the 50th Anniversary of The Negro Family: The Case for National Action, otherwise known as the Moynihan Report. This report, then and now, is a controversial policy paper on the status of the black family and the impact of that status on the American society as a whole.

    By Dr. Arthur H. Garrison Columnist |

  • Columns

    The Historian: Himmelsbriefen were in most homes

    Movable type was invented in 15th Century Germany, and the consequences were world-changing, allowing literacy and the Reformation to spread with previously unimagined speed.

    By Robert Wood Columnist |

  • Opinion

    Small Beginnings: If life is a game of Rummy who is in your discard pile?

    I have developed a new analogy for life here of late. Life is like a game of Rummy. Rummy was one of my parents’ favorite card games to play and it had many variations on a theme. You could play Gin Rummy, Millionaire Rummy or just plain old Rummy.

    By Lisa Schappell Columnist |

  • Opinion

    Welcome to my World: Peddlers and vagabonds of yore

    Before modern transportation developed, a variety of itinerants — from homeless and vagabonds to specialized peddlers, professionals and teachers — contributed to Pennsylvania’s social and economic development.

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist |

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