February 2, 2012 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: After several years of really bad behavior (drinking too much, sleeping with several married men and general promiscuity, dabbling in drug use, and generally not being a good person), about six months ago, I finally managed to stop all of this cold turkey. I can't make up for what I did, but I plan to spend the rest of my life working to be a better person and making better choices that don't hurt people, one day at a time, of course.
November 19, 2011
The Obama administration needs to live up to its promise to reduce meat and poultry producers' overuse of antibiotics, which has been linked to the rise of antibiotic-resistant infections among humans. Leading health experts believe that new guidelines are needed to protect consumers from difficult-to-treat illnesses that have been increasing at an alarming rate. Farmers routinely give antibiotics to hogs, cattle, poultry, and other animals to treat illnesses, prevent infection, and to spur the animals' growth while giving them less feed.
June 16, 2011
D AILY NEWS readers really identified with last week's column on my personal struggles with sugar addiction. Specifically, inquiring minds wanted to know precisely what I did to overcome, or should I say "manage," my addiction to the sweet stuff. Well, here are the juicy details. Initially, I gave up sugar COLD TURKEY - the same way I gave up cigarettes! Surprised? That's right, I was a cigarette smoker. Generations of women smoked in my family, so quite naturally I took up this bad habit, too. Despite the warning on the label, I was convinced in my youth that there must be something wonderful about smoking - otherwise, why would my mother and grandmother be doing it?
April 26, 2011 |
The e-mail directed us to come to the training session armed with our new cell phones and computers, prepared to start a revolution. Well, not actually. But our instructor did remind us that the first pictures from the late January uprisings in Egypt were taken by a photojournalist using nothing more than a smartphone - photos that changed the world. For an old-school scribe honed on pens, dimes, and notebooks, it's dizzying to think that I can write, text, tweet, Skype, video, photograph, listen to the police scanner - oh, and talk, too - all on a single device.
December 1, 2007 |
On vacation last week I checked into a rustic lodge while hiking in the mountains ("Valderi, valdera") and was immediately struck with a sense of foreboding. It took me a few seconds to realize what was wrong: no television. I began tearing the cabin apart looking for hidden consoles. Come on, people. This is the 21st century. How can there be a hotel room without a TV set? There are pencils that get 70 channels. Five minutes after my fruitless search, I was curled up in a fetal position on the floor, trembling and tearfully singing the theme song to The Courtship of Eddie's Father to comfort myself.
November 19, 2007 |
Anthony Tarducci has tried to quit smoking many times over the last 25 years. He's gone cold turkey, slapped on the patch, even taken antidepressants. Nothing worked. On June 23 he tried again, this time with a powerful new aid: Chantix - the antismoking medicine that was approved for sale in the United States 18 months ago. Today, the 45-year-old South Philadelphian considers himself an ex-smoker, and he credits the drug with enabling him to kick his more-than-a-pack-a-day habit.
September 27, 2006
WE HAVE TO ADMIT to being a little amused by the outrage that met Mayor Street's surprise announcement that the smoking ban was going into effect at the beginning of this week, 11 days after he finally signed it. The irony is that for the last year, much of the city - Council members, anti-smoking advocates, restaurant patrons and others - have been drumming their fingers on the bar, waiting for some movement on the bill that would finally ban...
June 14, 2005 |
The Temple University student shot last week inside his off-campus apartment has died of his injury, police said yesterday. Bryan Yeshion, 21, of Doylestown, was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound to the neck at 1:32 a.m. Sunday at Temple University Hospital, investigators said. Police said he was shot around 12:15 p.m. Friday inside his third-floor apartment in the 1400 block of West Diamond Street in North Philadelphia. Investigators said it appeared Yeshion had been shot during an argument.
March 12, 2005 |
In North Miami, Fla., smokers had a bad reputation. They were less productive than nonsmokers and got sick more often, the city argued. So the city locked them out of government jobs, just as Montgomery County is considering doing now. Yet two years ago, North Miami quit its 13-year nonsmoker habit cold turkey when it realized that those nasty smokers made decent cops. "We had a real hard time recruiting," said Rebecca Jones, North Miami's director of personnel administration.
December 29, 2004 |
In the choppy waters of the Atlantic on Christmas morning, Jarvis Fox, a veteran sailor from Chester County, was trying to steer clear of an advancing storm when he lost control of his 46-foot sailboat. "The boat was doing terrific, and then, for a reason unbeknownst to us, the rudder popped off," Fox, 64, a retired Conrail executive who lives in Chester Springs, said yesterday by phone near Hatteras, N.C. Fox, his wife Elke, 64, nephew, Manfred Goings, 48, and the couple's Siamese cat, Tyke, spent most of the day being tossed around at sea 35 miles off the coast of North Carolina.