September 27, 2015 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I just got an invite to one of my closest friends' baby shower (thrown by another friend). I do not want to go for several reasons. First, I hate showers, especially when they are gift grabs (as this one is), and especially when they are gift grabs for people who seriously do not need other people to buy them things. Second, this friend has not been a very good friend to me since she met her now-husband. She rarely calls, came to town and didn't visit with us because they were seeing the husband's friends, and her husband was downright rude to me at their wedding.
September 2, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I was best friends with "Joanne" after we met in middle school. She comes from a conservative Christian family and has three successful siblings. This has made her quirky, media-driven pursuits and city life a disappointment to her family. When we were teens and she learned that I was a straight ally for gay rights, she came out to me as a lesbian, but for years only I and a few close friends knew. Once she was an adult and her family found out, they practically disowned her and made their disapproval and "shame" very clear.
August 12, 2015 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My ailing-for-several-years grandmother has just been admitted to the hospital with what sounds like a serious health problem, and I leave on a European trip tomorrow afternoon. Am I a bad grandchild for not even considering a postponement? I saw her a few weeks ago, and she barely seems to know who I am anymore. Answer: This is your conscience! Sorry, I can neither take you off this hook nor put you on it. You want to go to Europe but are afraid others will judge you for it, right?
July 23, 2015 |
It rained on their first date, and Sara charmed Ron by showing up in her wellies. Later, when they lived together, a torrential storm flushed eight inches of water into their basement apartment in Washington. The couple decamped to a hotel and saw the crisis as a test: "This really sucks, but we're going to be OK," Ron says. "We laughed it off. " It poured on their wedding day in April 2011, flooding the road to the mountainside mansion where they were planning an outdoor ceremony.
October 2, 2014 |
As everyone knows, there are baby-shower standards: inane activities, public opening of presents, lots of oohing and ahhing over said presents. Not everyone's a fan, including Donna Laing. But when she attended a grandbaby shower a couple years ago, she had a blast. "It was so fun, and an easy-breezy afternoon. No crazy games, you didn't have to get dressed up, and you didn't spend a million dollars," said Laing, of Warminster. The guest of honor was Peg Bauman, the grandmother-to-be of twins.
February 27, 2014 |
Jane Fonda's being and time Jane Fonda , 76, knows we are but specks in the temporal wind. "I have become so wonderfully, terribly aware of time, of how little of it I have left," she wrote on her website shortly after going all googly and weepy at Kerry Washington 's baby shower. Fonda says "pretty things, kind deeds, sad stories," and all kinds of other things reduce her to tears. "I find my emotions are way more accessible than they were when I was younger, and I've come to feel it has to do with age. " Knowing how little time she has left, Fonda writes, "everything becomes so precious.
December 27, 2013 |
ACTOR Mark Webber , the son of local anti-poverty activist Cheri Honkala , married his pregnant girlfriend, actress Teresa Palmer , Saturday in Mexico. An unnamed source of Us Weekly magazine said, "They wanted to get married before the baby arrives. " Webber ("The End of Love") and Palmer ("Warm Bodies") wed at a home in Punta Mita overlooking the Pacific. She's 27 and, like all actresses, from Australia. He's 33. Tattle can't confirm the bride was actually "blushing" as Us reported, but she reportedly wore a white-lace dress with embellishments at the shoulders.
December 19, 2013 |
I DON'T THINK Michael Griffin was unfairly fired last week from Holy Ghost Prep. But I do think he was selectively fired. Griffin, of course, is the gay teacher who casually mentioned, in an email to the principal, that he was applying for a marriage license in New Jersey. In a subsequent conversation with school president the Rev. James McCloskey (who hired Griffin 12 years ago), Griffin confirmed his intention to wed his longtime partner, with whom he had obtained a civil union in 2008.
June 16, 2013
Stephen Berg is a stay-at-home father and blogger It was pure serendipity that we adopted our son from Cambodia. While working in human resources at Marshall Field & Co., I befriended an 80-year-old children's department employee named Annie Carr. Though deeply religious - a dyed-in-the-wool Catholic - Annie wanted nothing more than to see us boys have a baby. Scott and I were exploring an adoption from China. One afternoon I returned from lunch to a frantic and breathless voice mail from Annie: "Steve, I've found a baby for you and Scott.
February 28, 2013 |
A bored pronouncement from an ultrasound technician, or a sealed envelope anxiously torn open back at home - these did not, to Tanisha Pollard, seem like adequate ways to deliver such momentous news as the gender of her first child. Instead, the 26-year-old Lawnside resident and her boyfriend, Da'Rius Lemon, invited their families to join them for a "gender-reveal party," an increasingly popular way to inject a little ballyhoo into the prenatal condition. "This is my first child, so I just wanted to find a fun way for us to find out what we were having, and to share that - rather than a text message or an e-mail.