January 13, 2014 |
The other day, somebody asked me if I was "task-oriented. " I replied, "Proudly. " I have no problem being task-oriented. In fact, I love being task-oriented. You know why? It gets things done. So what if I have a gaping ulcer? Every bowel needs a little ventilation. In my opinion, life is full of tasks, and only the task-oriented have the proper orientation to get all the tasks done. You can take a test to see if you're task-oriented, in the privacy of your own home.
January 6, 2014 |
We sat on our surfboards and let the warm Pacific swell lift us and set us down in turns, waiting for the wave that would carry us to shore. Looking east, we squinted into the low morning light of a tropical sun and saw hot, white sand, steaming rain forest, and distant mountains all under a crystalline blue sky. For my wife, Amy, and me, it was the long-planned trip of a lifetime, repeatedly postponed because surfing the high season in Costa Rica...
January 1, 2014 |
The decorators at the Union League were hanging gold drapes Monday afternoon. The cooks downstairs were poaching 150 lobsters. Up the street, the staff at the Ritz-Carlton 10 Arts Bistro & Lounge were polishing champagne flutes and laying in bottles of the bubbly by the hundred. And by Tuesday morning, another dining room on South Broad Street will fill with the aroma of turkey sausage and buttermilk biscuits, made from scratch, and offer New Year's Eve breakfast to a few hundred guests on a budget.
December 28, 2013 |
It was inevitable, with online retailers promising the kind of speedy delivery unimaginable a few years ago, that the mind-boggling mechanics behind it all would eventually go haywire. Especially around Christmas, as some people found out the hard way. On Thursday, the butler-like service of the Internet economy, which shoots packages to people's homes with staggering reliability, became a target of customer consternation after parcels failed to land, as promised, by Christmas Eve. United Parcel Service apologized Thursday for delays nationwide that left last-minute gift-givers empty-handed on Christmas.
December 26, 2013 |
Dan Butsko knew somebody had to pull holiday duty, and because he lives halfway across the country, he thought he might as well be the one. Butsko, 21, of Dallas, Texas, will spend Christmas on Temple University's main campus, where he is a senior advertising and Spanish major and resident adviser in the 1940 building, a university dorm that remains open through semester break. "It's not really a huge holiday for my family," he said. "I don't mind it. " A growing number of students have been opting to stay on campus during the holidays in recent years, Temple officials say. The university estimates about 500 students will remain for at least some portion of the winter break, which began Dec. 14 and ends Jan. 20. That includes the period from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1, when the campus is officially closed.
December 21, 2013 |
The phone call came in the middle of dinner, and just a simple sentence was said: "I think I've found your house. " That was in 1986, and Frank and Dottie Giordano, then living in Cherry Hill, were in their 10th year of searching for a home in Moorestown. The Giordanos were determined - it had to be a special house in a town where they wanted their children in school. Something in the real estate agent's voice gave them a sense that perhaps their search was finally over, and they headed to the address that night.
December 12, 2013 |
Sunday dumped a snowfall no one was expecting. Tuesday brought a batch everyone knew was coming. But both bursts had the same effect: draining dollars out of the one sector for which every day between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a big deal - retailing. The snowstorms emptied shopping centers and malls on two days of an already shortened 26-day shopping season, thanks to this year's unusually late Thanksgiving. The one-two punch meant stores in one of the nation's most populated metro areas cut staff hours, extended sales in some cases, or redeployed idle workers to stock shelves during the lull, while snowplows cleared lots so shoppers might eventually rush back to play catchup.
November 30, 2013 |
A Christmas story about a mother long estranged from her parents, about her son who doesn't even know his grandma and grandpa, about hard times and near crimes, Black Nativity offers a whopping serving of Yuletide emotion. And it's a musical - with plenty of wailing and rapping on the side. Inspired by Langston Hughes' play of the same name, filmmaker Kasi Lemmons centers her tale on a moody teen, Langston (R&B star Jacob Latimore), who lives with his mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson)
November 29, 2013 |
Q: No matter what I do in bed, my girlfriend's never satisfied. I've tried all kinds of stuff. She just lays there looking bored afterward. Sometimes, she even reaches for a vibrator. I've tried talking with her about it, but nothing works. Before we moved in together, we couldn't keep our hands off one another. We did it a couple times a week. Now when we have sex, it's like she's doing me a favor. Then she reaches for that thing again. It's not like I'm one of those guys who just takes.
June 27, 2013 |
Hello there Ryan, who grew up in North Wales, became friends with Dana's cousin, Chris, in their North Penn High School days. Chris sometimes mentioned his cousin to his buddy, and his buddy to his cousin. "We knew of each other, but we never really met," said Dana, who lived in Abington. After high school, Chris started hosting a Christmas Eve get-together. In fall 2003, when he was 25, Chris and three friends died in a car accident. His mother - Dana's Aunt Mary Ellen - continued the Christmas Eve party.