April 30, 2016 |
Question: My overbearing sister-in-law just moved her son's birthday party to a week later. When we originally talked a month ago, I asked when it was planned and said, great, because my son will be on a Boy Scout retreat the following weekend. Now, she moved the birthday party and is mad that my son won't be there. We already paid for the retreat, and my son is torn because he wants to do both but can't. Your advice? My sister-in-law is so mad she isn't communicating with us at this point.
April 21, 2016 |
Once upon a time, she was the girl in the home-sewn, lime green dress, and he was the guy who charmed her by juggling fruit and vegetables in the produce aisle at Acme. The night they met, at a friend's birthday party, they danced and sang karaoke until someone dropped the microphone in the beer. They wandered with friends around Rittenhouse Square and finally crashed on someone's couch at 4 in the morning. It was a few months until they saw each other again, for a date that turned into a snowed-in weekend at Sara's group house in Jenkintown.
March 20, 2016
Question: My family typically makes a pretty big deal out of everyone's birthdays as an excuse to get together and have a celebration. Happily, we cover three generations, and my husband and I are in the middle of the generational sandwich. Husband has a pretty significant birthday approaching. I would like to take several family members to a sporting event he particularly enjoys, but I can't afford to take everyone. When I sent out the email, I did not include nieces and nephews, as they are not particularly close to Husband, though they are typically included in invitations to other celebrations.
January 18, 2016 |
The man charged with creating the greatest celebration of America ever conceived occupies Cubicle B on the seventh floor of the Philadelphia Building. The donated space is decorated with a family photo, a Ben Franklin bobblehead, and a sticker that reads: "USA250. " For now, Jon Grabelle Herrmann is the sole employee of a nonprofit that has raised more than $200,000 for an event that is a decade away from happening - one way or another. Someone had to start the discussion about 2026, the country's semiquincentennial.
January 17, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I now live in a party destination, and I regularly get family and friends visiting to experience the city. This includes "Kathy," who has been in a long-term relationship for seven years. When we were out, I came back from the bar to find Kathy making out with a guy who was rounding third base. I hated that she made me an accomplice to her cheating, and I ended up mostly breaking off the friendship. Now two years later, mostly reconciled, Kathy confronted me drunkenly at a birthday party for "treating her like a whore" and "making her feel bad for what she did. " It all came out that Kathy and her boyfriend had made their relationship open before her trip.
November 12, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I'm a mostly happily married wife and mother. I love tattoos. When I was younger, I was engaged to my soulmate. His name is tattooed on my wrists in honor of the love we shared. Unfortunately, he was killed in a car accident. Several years later, I met and married my husband, "Brett. " When we fight he brings up the tattoos. He says they're "disrespectful" of him and I should get rid of them. It upsets me because I got the tattoos before I ever met Brett, so how can they be disrespectful?
October 15, 2015 |
Last week, Tony Harris, a 50-year-old electronics repairman, uploaded a photo to his Facebook page - something different from his standard fare of videos and memes and images of his three children. This one showed his wife, Amber Crane, grinning up at the camera, clutching thick stacks of cash in both hands. More money sat piled in her lap. "I misplaced $60,000.00. I hope my wife didn't go shopping with it," the caption joked. "Stop playing," a friend wrote back. Precisely a week later, about 11:30 at night, police said, three young men walked into his home on the 1100 block of South Ruby Street in Kingsessing, where he has lived for decades.
September 26, 2015 |
WRITER and director Leslye Headland clearly loves romantic comedies. It's why she can deconstruct the genre, then reconstruct it for her second film, "Sleeping With Other People. " Headland's first was "Bachelorette," based on her play, a nasty yet quite good piece about female friendship that looked at bonding, jealousy and cruelty among women. "Sleeping With Other People" is, similarly, not easy to swallow, but that's the point, much as it was in "Bachelorette. " Still, it's oddly sweet, in its own, off-kilter way. Jake (Jason Sudeikis)
August 2, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - His day job is spokesman for the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, an agency that, as you may have heard, has four fewer casinos to control than it used to. But Dan Heneghan, 62, has an alter ego: Mr. Lighthouse. For nearly three years, Heneghan has made climbing to the top of Absecon Lighthouse his personal quest. Again and again, 228 steps each time, 77 times last year, more than 40 already this year. He's taken a novel way to commit to an exercise regimen and made it a kind of ambassadorship for the lighthouse, enlisting friends to sponsor him with $1 a climb, or, better yet, to join him. Built in 1857, the country's third-tallest lighthouse, at Rhode Island and Pacific Avenues, now has two closed casinos, Showboat and Revel, as its neighbors.
March 26, 2015 |
There are fewer traditions cuter than watching a wide-eyed 1-year-old slather his face with his very first cake. Typically, the child is shocked at its sweetness, and the birthday party guests get a laugh and a cellphone shot. But like so many other mini-life-cycle events these days - finding out your baby-to-be's sex, getting a marriage proposal - this ritual has now got a name ("cake smash") and any number of entrepreneurs ready to help celebrate. There are cake-smash photographers, cake-smash outfits, and, of course, special cake-smash cakes.