Gay native of China is not swimming upstream in Philly

Local Life | August 10th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Is there much anti-gay bigotry in China? “It’s kinda similar to here,” answered Arthur Zeng in an interview last week. “In rural areas or small towns, it’s still a social taboo. There’s less religious reasons, more because people still hold reproduction as one of the most important values in life, so gay […]

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Ex-supermodel and actress and celebrities she has known

Local Life | August 9th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear PART TWO Carole Mallory, 76, who lives in the Norristown area and gives inspirational talks at area retirement homes, is a native of Springfield, Delaware County, who earned degrees from Penn State and Temple Universities. She became a teacher and then an airline stewardess after getting a master’s degree in art, but […]

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Mt. Airy author’s new book is about anonymous sensation

Books | August 2nd, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear It is entirely possible that you have never heard of Elena Ferrante, but millions of fans cannot get enough of her. Ferrante is the most important literary sensation to have emerged from Italy in decades. Her quartet of Neapolitan novels has sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide. The author has always […]

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Talented Mt. Airy multi-tasker combines music and yoga

Local Life | August 1st, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear PART TWO West Mt. Airy resident Rachel Cama Nemer, 37, who will be offering a free cello introductory workshop on Thursday, Aug. 23, at St. Paul’s Church for the Chestnut Hill Music Academy, has been a journalist, singer, voice teacher, cellist and yoga instructor, all at the professional level. A scholarship music […]

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Out of genocide: Magnificent sculpture in Chestnut Hill

Arts | July 27th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Part Two Innovative self-taught sculptor Vanny Channal’s wonderful “Steel Mantis” is currently on display at Morris Arboretum through October of this year. Channal’s parents are survivors of the Cambodian genocide from 1975 to 1979. •Did your parents often talk about what they went through with the Khmer Rouge? “Never directly to me. […]

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Mt. Airy author of ‘Biblical tale’ at area bookstore

Books | July 25th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear “Janet Mason has a storyteller’s gift, weaving rich imagery with provocative twists to create a world where gender is as complex and fluid as the emotional bond between twins. With its Biblical, Pagan, fantastical and modernist roots, ‘THEY’ is not easily categorized – and even harder to put down.” This is the […]

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