Special Delivery

Mathew Flores had a simple request. The 12-year old from Salt Lake City had no books at home and no way to get to the local library. One day, he was standing by the mailboxes reading junk … Read More »


The Right Stuff

This past week, Capt. Kristen Griest (pictured on right) and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver (center) became the first two women to ever complete the U.S. Army’s elite Ranger School and receive a Ranger tab. The 62-day course … Read More »


Farm to Table to Those in Need

In college, Robert Lee joined a student group that delivered leftover dining hall food to homeless shelters. Until then, he did not fully understand the magnitude of homelessness and hunger in America. One in six Americans struggles … Read More »



At a time when less attention and resources are being devoted to the arts, locally-based dance companies can be neglected gems. One such ‘gem’ is The Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco). Founded in 1970, the nonprofit hones the skills … Read More »


Starry Night

The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) works to protect the night skies for present and future generations.  As part of that effort, and to help educate the public about the hazards of light pollution, the IDA has certified … Read More »


Malala Opens School for Syrian Refugee Girls

Earlier this month, Malala Yousafzai celebrated her 18th birthday in Lebanon by opening a school in the Bekaa Valley for Syrian refugee girls. With financial backing from The Malala Fund, a non-profit that supports local education projects, … Read More »


Misty Copeland: Changing the Face of Ballet

On June 30, 2015, The American Ballet Theatre promoted Misty Copeland, 32, to principal ballerina making her the first black female principal ballerina in the company’s 75-year history. She has been with the company for 14 years, including 8 as a … Read More »


In Performance: Liam Tamne

One in an Occasional Series. Music, the universal language, can move and inspire people in a special way. As we read the many comments and commentaries about Anthony Riley, we saw that his blind audition on The … Read More »


NY Doctor Gives Girl Hope, and a Family

This past year, during a report on the ethnic violence ravaging the Central African Republic, Ann Curry met Chekina Ngaissio who lost her entire family. The 8-year old girl described how she had tried to save her … Read More »


Anthony Riley

I first met Anthony Riley a couple of years ago. He was singing a bluesy something-or-another in front of Robinson’s at Broad and Walnut Streets in Philadelphia. There are a lot of street performers here, and usually … Read More »