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  • Barry Moser exhibit at the Lancaster Museum of Art | Lancaster PA Blog
    to display most Moser s choices of subjects tell us a lot about what inspires him as an artist and earns his admiration as person Moser s treatment of the subjects reveals an artist with an extraordinary and sympathetic imagination Barry Moser s portraits on display at the Lancaster Museum of Art A glance at Moser s carving of Joseph Conrad explains everything about the author who brought us Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer Geoffrey Chaucer s portrait is dominated by darkness but for a small blindingly white twinkle in his eye After Moser s Alice s Adventures in Wonderland illustrations his portrait of Lewis Caroll comes as a shock a saddened man sits surrounded by negative space seeking consolation in his own thoughts Robert Frost s grotesque splotched face contrasts with his neat suit and tie and serene expression You couldn t capture him as a poet any better I m enamored by Moser s self portait in which his face is lit from below less like he s telling a ghost story and more like he is illuminated by the light of his own work A portrait that wasn t hung when I visited is Maurice Sendak which Dr Grand told me the museum wasn t expecting but was only too happy to receive Charles Dickens The exquisitely detailed portraits which average about three inches by five include Nelson Algren W H Auden Lewis Caroll Willa Cather Anton Chekov Honoré Daumier Charles Dickens Emily Dickinson Frederick Douglas Thomas Eakins George Eliot T S Eliot William Faukner Edward Gibbon Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Ulysses Grant Nathaniel Hawthorne William Hazlitt George Innes Henry James Samuel Johnson James Joyce John Keats Kathe Kollowitz Abraham Lincoln Thomas Mann Paul Mariani Herman Melville John Milton Flannery O Connor Sylvia Plath Edgar

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  • Buildings Are Not the Key to Lancaster's 'Revival' | Lancaster PA Blog
    you agree that attention on infrastructure is misplaced If so what do you think is more important for Lancaster city to focus on right now Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related 6 thoughts on Buildings Are Not the Key to Lancaster s Revival Jeff McLain says April 3 2013 at 12 45 pm I believe Lancaster could be a city with a bright future However as much as I love a lot of the work the city has done I don t think it s future is bright enough yet Unlike you I love the convention center A city growing needs that as a place for meetings and attracting outside groups Our amish tourism has been a forefront long enough as it drains and people are beginning a re attraction to urban centers Lancaster City needs to become the forefront of our county s tourism I think saving the building infastructure is good however but not enough There is no drawl to bring people to Lancaster Awesome Amtrak is a well traveresed hub However let s make it last and give people something worth the 20 ticket out here from Philly We have a shotty public transportation system and a city with to few things to do and attract We live in the Southside and try to shop breath play and eat in our neighborhood We are able to do that We d like to work in our neighborhood well I current y don t but my wife does We need to attract big businesses We need to be willing to get over our small city appeal and allow people to build up The city has no draw Jeff McLain says April 3 2013 at 12 47 pm After spending four days in Brooklyn and returning to Lancaster I noticed also our city lacks a defining culture to attract people and bring together our tourism aspect Yes we have the arts but we are sold as the quaint countryside s urban little sister This isn t the right angle at all for a city that should have a bright future of growth and sustainability Daniel Klotz says April 3 2013 at 2 40 pm Thank you for your thoughtful and insightful comments Jeff Nate Milton says April 6 2013 at 9 37 pm I think that investing in public transportation is an investment in people The quality of life of residents of a city increase when neighborhoods are walkable and lightrail increases walkable distances For some reason people are more likely to use lightrail rather than buses Maybe it s the visibility or permanence That increased walkability of Lancaster would also attract more visitors to see the city s beauty both its people and buildings So I think that investing in infrastructure is a vital piece in building up the city for the long term I

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  • Census 2010: Latino Growth | Lancaster PA Blog
    on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related census arrow back Newer Older arrow forward Lancaster County and the Cultural Creatives This is Lancaster city resident Daniel Klotz s blog about Lancaster County and what makes it an interesting place Primary topics are the arts civic life and news analysis Follow danielklotz Get Updates By Email Subscribe to LancasterPABlog com Enter your

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  • The Christmas Show at American Music Theatre | Lancaster PA Blog
    comes back up and we re back in the main hall which has been transformed to be more of a church the windows replaced with a gigantic and elegant cross and stained glass windows For all the goofiness that came before it the final segment of the second act is a heartfelt and reverent string of pious songs including Jesu Joy of Man s Desiring and Ave Maria The show closes with We Wish You a Merry Christmas My question is is the show anything more than what I ve described Is it just a pleasant two hours of entertainment or is there more depth to it I ll get to my answer after sharing Amanda s take on the show Amanda s Perspective on the Show In her own words The first few things I notice the theater is super crowded which isn t a surprise This is an immensely popular show and my fellow audience members are mostly Caucasian and either seniors or parents with young children Daniel and I as a late 20s early 30s couple with no children were in the minority The theater was beautifully decorated and I was looking forward to seeing the set pieces We were encouraged to stop at the concession stand where people stood with boxes of popcorn and soft drinks and further encouraged to take our snacks WITH us into the theater I found this both awesome yet off putting at the same time Was I at a movie theater or a theater theater Munching on popcorn while watching a show OK We had lovely seats that offered a great view The curtain rises to reveal a large winding staircase with beautifully decorated trees and set pieces reminiscent of a old hearth and home The first act is a long list of Christmas standards both secular and Christian and has a loose theme that tied them all together Kinda sorta It boils down to a fancy gathering of well trained singers who power through the Christmas songs and carols most guaranteed to make the audience tap their toes and sing along There s nothing wrong with this of course I thought it was nice Like finding five dollars in your winter jacket pocket nice Like Oh that puppy is so gosh darn adorable nice You know nice In the first act there isn t really anything remarkable that left a lasting impression for me The dancers are graceful and support their singing cast well The singers are all very talented each offering their own distinctive voice style There are a few songs that feature some fantastic harmonies reminiscent of the Andrew Sisters circa World War 2 I m a big fan of this style so I really enjoyed that I almost wish they had just stuck with a retro theme through the entire first act but alas they incorporate wistful imagery instead a wife writing to her husband currently deployed Merry Christmas Darling the husband returning home from war O Christmas Tree this one was really weird for me Why is he singing about a tree rather than how happy he is to see his family Should I be concerned The end of Act I brings out the first few Christian carols as well Joy to the World which I found atrocious only because it was a jazzed up contemporary arrangement and I m a staunch believer in leaving the standard hymns sacred as they are a song where each letter in Christmas stands for something related to Jesus Christ the old woman next to me really ate this one up and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Intermission I found myself turning to Daniel with a flat smile So far the show had been more or less what I had been anticipating nice In looking at what was in store for Act Two I was a little worried about the more investing carols Jesu Joy of Man s Desiring Ave Maria O Holy Night anyone who has ever tried to sing these songs solo knows these are not easy peasy After Act One s Joy to the World I was worried I was going to be leaving gouge marks in Daniel s arm I was surprised when Act Two opened up into something completely totally different Someone somewhere along the way had sucked one too many acid soaked candy canes because we are now in Candy Land where the children have woken up to find elves making candy for Christmas Now this is more like what I remembered of theater over the top costumes silly acting and I actually found myself relieved I was into it It was like a palate cleanser The cast sang several candy related songs Over the top yet cute Still nice The next piece features a hilarious song playing on Do You Hear What I Hear A woman dressed as a young girl sings about getting the same stuff again this year she got last year Pretty funny It allows for a serious set change in the background Candy Land is no more When the curtain rises we re treated to some old school caroling Now we re talking Acapella singing rules I couldn t really complain about this too much The actors even come out into the audience and while I didn t want anyone to look me in the eye never look them in the eye the kids sitting ahead of us thought it was the coolest thing ever Then comes the moment of truth The heavy hitting hymns And wouldn t you know that they really blow it out of the water I was so relieved Jesu is sung as a duet by two of the female sopranos Ave Maria is arranged for the men to sing and is very well done O Come All Ye Faithful is a rollicking band only song that allows for some showboating by the band members All in all I enjoyed the second act more than

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  • Population Density in PA: The World May Be Flat, But Our State Ain't | Lancaster PA Blog
    larger cities I know of a number of couples who live here because one spouse works in Lancaster while the other works in Harrisburg And some couples where one works in the E town area while the other is in one of those larger cities perhaps even York One other thing that bears watching would be changes in mass transit I often take the train into Philly and see plenty of people from this area who commute into Philly Did they move here from the Philly area or are they from this area and have taken jobs in Philly because of the ease of commute Lots of questions One other question Having worked in the news media in this region a long time ago I remember when the Farm Preservation Trust I might have the name of this group wrong would buy up land and designate it as undevelopable in perpetuity But I ve also seen some of that land taken back and developed So what exactly in this case does in perpetuity mean Are your assumptions about farmland preservation and the buffer zone necessarily valid Just asking the question because I certainly don t know the answers HIRH says October 13 2008 at 8 22 pm The outside influences effecting Lancaster are people moving into the area from Philadelphia Puerto Rico Harrisburg etc Hopefully we are attracting the kind of people to enact good change and that want to create a wonderful place to live Seems like so far so good We are surrounded by farmland used by people not dependent on oil and electricity I think as long as we continue to support the Amish way of life around us we will be prosperous danielklotz says October 13 2008 at 8 40 pm Ken we re also seeing people moving back to the cities from the suburbs so I would certainly like to learn more about how that is working Are more people just moving into the area in general Or do people move from city to suburb or suburb to suburb to city or city to suburb to country We ll need a flow chart The question about the nature of farmland preservation is as you know a good one I ll make it a point to learn more I do know that Lancaster Countians are increasingly zealous about truly protecting open spaces as farm land HIRH Puerto Rico is quite an outlier in your list next to Philadelphia and Harrisburg It s really true though In a few years Lancaster city will be majority Latino The Workforce Investment Board s Latinos study presents some great research on how Latinos end up settling on Lancaster as a place to live How we integrate or segregate Latinos into our local culture and community will really be a trend to continue to watch Mike says October 13 2008 at 10 48 pm Daniel Being a fan of railroad history I noticed right away that the most populous areas and

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  • Mental Parity: The Bailout Bill's Silver Lining | Lancaster PA Blog
    the plan 2 there are no separate cost sharing requirements that are applicable only with respect to mental health or substance use disorder benefits 3 the treatment limitations applicable to such mental health or substance use disorder benefits are no more restrictive than the predominant treatment limitations applied to substantially all medical and surgical benefits covered by the plan and 4 there are no separate treatment limitations that are applicable only with respect to mental health or substance use disorder benefits Additionally the bill Requires the plan to provide out of network coverage for mental health or substance use disorder benefits if the plan provides coverage for medical or surgical benefits provided by out of network providers I have experienced firsthand how complicated and frustrating it is to deal with a double standard in my health insurance policies If my lungs are congested I can see my family doctor If I break my wrist I can go to the emergency room But if my brain isn t working right I have to wade through complicated restrictions and procedures in order to receive affordable care And even then therapy is poorly covered and the number of sessions each year are over limited When the world is that difficult and rotten I like many people look at the big picture of our civilization and despair But when I look closer I see reason for hope Mental health is slowly being acknowledged as an inseparable component of human health generally And as of Friday Connecticut at least is realizing it can t treat gays as second class citizens I see regular instances of how male chauvinism is becoming more disgusting and less tolerated every year Is humanity truly progressing I m not nearly qualified to weigh in on that What I do know is that when I look at the big picture I don t see black darkness I see enough points of light to navigate the crazy world and to maintain hope that there may be brighter things still to come Thanks to this mental health parity law I think my mind will be healthy and alert enough to acknowledge that hope over the full course of my life I hope it s a long and full one Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related economic bailout mental health parity 2 thoughts on Mental Parity The Bailout Bill s Silver Lining HIRH says October 12 2008 at 8 19 pm Cheers This will make my job significantly easier to help those in need I think it s disgusting how the medical profession and insurance have so long held the stigma against mental health problems I think we trully are progressing and I hope to see a world where people aren t afraid to ask the big questions and seek help We don t live in an independent world We

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  • Free Markets are Efficient Distributors, Not Our Savior | Lancaster PA Blog
    that our present way of looking at the economic world is tenable In our current paradigm there is no such thing as bad debt There is still only subprime debt This paradigm is nonsense It disregards the fact that resources are in fact scarce and not everyone can have everything they want Our current paradigm believes that everyone can have what they want and in fact has every right to expect credit so that they can buy what they want Not only does this violate the scarcity part of Economics 101 it also violates the part about prices If everyone can purchase 100 000 cars auto manufacturers can keep making 100 000 cars The paradigm we live under which is still hanging on for dear life holds that thanks to the wonders of credit we can all afford 100 000 cars and SUVs and pickups of course There is no reason to make or focus on more affordable cars If price is not a barrier what incentive is there to focus on high value at low price You can see that our current way of doing things messes up in two ways First by ignoring scarcity and second by making prices less relevant than they really are Gasoline right now is a shining example of how this works When it comes to oil it s impossible to ignore the fact that it is scarce Even when that scarcity is exaggerated by OPEC when they limit production and shipping all they are really doing is spreading scarcity out over a longer period of time Yet even with a scarce resource and really all resources are scarce prices can go down That s because demand can fluctuate even as supply is predictable In a nutshell if we were still dealing with 4 50 gallon gas this recession would be worse than it is But everyone is scaling back and that means fewer miles are being travelled Fewer miles being traveled means lower demand for gas Lower demand for gas means a lower price on gas Earlier this year I thought Tom Friedman presented a great idea Why shouldn t the government set a price floor on gas guaranteeing that it will always cost 4 gallon or more If the real price ever dipped below 4 the difference would go toward developing alternative energy Problem is that suggestion rests on the assumption that people s ability to afford 4 gas won t substantially change It is now obvious that that is a bad assumption Prices are meaningful and should generally be left as free as possible There is such a thing as bad debt Bad debt is debt taken on to pay for something that is overpriced specifically because the law of scarcity has been ignored Think houses We can t all own houses scarcity says So many people kept saying different No sensible person believes in free markets in the sense of a zealous adoration of them What people like me mean

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  • Will It Float?: Me | Lancaster PA Blog
    business Naturally the assumption would be that of course I support the bailout it means we instantly start making more money Hooray for us But actually I do not support the bailout plan at least as it is stated right now It seems to me that we are attempting to fight against something necessary For example take the wildfires in California It is a normative cycle that nature cleans herself out by wildfires which is so necessary for clearing away dead brush and to provide a clearing for new life Because we have built our homes in those forests those wildfires are no longer desireable and when they happen we do everything to prevent them By doing so however we actually add fuel to the fire by creating such tinder box conditions that the smallest spark will set thousands of miles ablaze Of course I don t want anybody s houses to burn down but we have been seeing that by saving a few houses awhile ago thousands are losing their houses today In a similar way in this economy by saving those who wanted a house so badly and shouldn t have had one we now have such a pile of underbrush no wonder the country is ablaze It is time to let it burn As painful as that is we need to clear out this system By patching it up with duct tape we are only doing harm You used the word sustainable and you are so right This should be about creating sustainability How are we creating a sustainable economy by rewarding those who have done wrong We are simply enabling this defunct tinder box system to continue So in any case I am willing to feel the pain if it means that pain will ultimately be redeemed by building a better system Timothy Rezendes says October 2 2008 at 5 55 pm I have been feeling much the same way Karin and I have nothing invested we have no stocks no 401k no nothing We do own a house but though we bought at the exact wrong time about 2 years ago right on the cusp of the downturn we agreed to a price took out a fixed rate mortgage and we will go on paying it We re in no hurry to move and if the change in the market means we stay here a little longer than we would have otherwise it s not really a problem Both of us are in relatively secure jobs even if times are tough people need their meds Part of me feels bad for wanting the economy to get worse before it gets better because though I don t think my family will be hurt more than superficially a lot of other families stand to really lose Most of me feels the way you do though Things have to get worse before they get better because if they don t they ll only get much much worse later

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