HOLLYWOOD RUMSPRINGA: Young Stars Run Amok Make Good Parents’ Job So Much Harder

In Amish society, there is a period during adolescence called Rumspringa (or Rumschpringe)—a Pennsylvania German term for “running around.”  It’s the common name for a period in the late teen years when some young Amish try their wings—perhaps engaging in rebellious behavior or defying the community norms. Oh, there are those among the Amish—as in the rest of society—who never stray far from the fold.  Some young people, though, use this period to experiment with alternate lifestyles:  wearing … [Read more...]

RANDOM ACTS OF CULTURE – "Handel's Messiah" Hits the Mall

Miracle on 34th Street!  Macy's in Philadelphia (not New York, so that's where the cultural reference to the '40s movie falls flat) was the scene of a RANDOM ACT OF CULTURE at noon on October 31, when members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and local choirs broke into an enthusiastic rendition of "Handel's Messiah."  Merry Christmas-- and who cares about Halloween, anyway? This effervescent hubbub prompted me to think about antonyms:  What, exactly, is the opposite of crass commercialism?  Here w … [Read more...]


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