GREAT EXPECTATIONS: The Pope’s Visit To Philadelphia

We asked local residents what they thought  about Pope Francis, his visit and the future of the Catholic Church in our area. 1. What is different to you about Pope Francis compared to previous popes? 2. What impact do you… Continue Reading

Senator George Mitchell—Gentle Persuasion—Crafting Peace Around the World

By Sabina Clarke I am on a transatlantic call with former Senator George Mitchell ensconced in the Meridian Piccadilly Hotel in London’s West End near Piccadilly Circus. I want to lapse into a leisurely conversation about The Troubles and his… Continue Reading

Shall we dance…a haon…a dó…a trí!

5 Questions For 5 Dancers: 1: How and when did you get involved in Irish Dance? 2: As your interest developed, did you set specific goals for yourself? 3: Do you consider Irish Dance a more artistic rather than athletic endeavor…or bit… Continue Reading

Catching Up with James Carroll…Seventeen Years Later

By Sabina Clarke CHRIST ACTUALLY The Son of God for the Secular Age By James Carroll Viking 352 pp. $30 I first met James Carroll author, ex-priest and anti-war activist in 1997 when he was invited to the Free Library… Continue Reading

Jamie Wyeth Comes Home…in dazzling career retrospective

By Sabina Clarke Jamie Wyeth…A Retrospective opened at Brandywine Museum on January 19th and continues through April 5th, 2015. Prior to its Chadds Ford run the exhibit debuted at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts where it shattered all attendance… Continue Reading

Two Irish Priests…and a missing parishioner

By Sabina Clarke The disappearance of West Chester University senior Shane Montgomery, a member of St. John the Baptist Church in Manayunk, has shaken and confounded the FBI, the Fifth District Police, the Northwest Detectives, the Police Marine Unit, the… Continue Reading

John Brady at the Helm of Independence Seaport Museum

Caption (above): John Brady, sailor, shipwright and administrator.  Photo  |  Kerry O’Connor By Kerry O’Connor John Brady was an Army brat, spending his early years in Texas and Germany. Aside from the transatlantic voyages that took him and his family back… Continue Reading