September 15, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I'm an educated, attractive 24-year-old woman who hasn't dated much. I'm eager to break out of my shell and start putting myself out there, but I'm afraid my shyness may make me unapproachable. How do I strike up a pleasant conversation with a cute guy at the gym or a friendly customer at work? It looks easy in the movies, but this is real life. I don't want my awkwardness to hold me back. Have you written anything about this? Can you give me some tips on how I can bring myself to be sociable?
August 28, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I work in an environment where I'm usually the youngest in the room by at least a decade. This is my first real job, and it happens to be in an organization where people stay for years and years. Professionally, I don't mind, but socially I feel like I'm constantly finding myself roped into conversations about dieting and weight. I'm in my late 20s, still flying off the coattails of my youthful metabolism and the good luck of healthy habits and no medical history adding complications.
August 24, 2016 |
DEAR ABBY: I have been concerned about my parents for some time now. They are elderly and live in a retirement community. They have a very nice home and don't have to worry about money. The problem is, they drink every day - sometimes from noon to when they go to bed. Many times, their drinking has caused arguments and police visits. When I express my concern about their drinking, they tell me to stay out of it, mind my own business, that they're retired and have earned the right to do whatever they want.
August 14, 2016 |
DEAR ABBY: How should I respond to someone who keeps her smartphone on and "fact-checks" anything that is mentioned in a group conversation? She's my brother's girlfriend, "Marla," and she's not a teenager. She's in her late 40s. I consider it rude. She invariably interjects a comment to confirm or dispute whatever has been said by saying, "Well, according to ... " I admit I don't care for Marla for various reasons. However, she is perfect for my brother. To put it bluntly, I don't trust either of them.
June 27, 2016 |
In an unprecedented move, the CEOs of nine of Pennsylvania's 13 cyber charter schools have invited state Education Secretary Pedro Rivera to join them in a conversation on improving virtual education. Their letter, which was sent Thursday, came a week after three national pro-charter organizations released a report calling for improved oversight of cyber charters and cracking down on poorly performing ones nationwide. "Although none of the data in that report is new, and many of the recommendations are inappropriate or illegal in Pennsylvania, the basic premise that we could do more to assure the quality and accountability of cyber education is valid," said Reese Flurie, CEO of Harrisburg-based Commonwealth Charter Academy.
May 15, 2016
Mel Brooks: Back in the Saddle Again! 7 p.m. Saturday at the Academy of Music, Broad and Locust Streets. Tickets: $39-$99. Information: 215-893-1999 or kimmelcenter.org
May 9, 2016
John H. Estey wore a body wire to tape conversations with political figures, according to people familiar with his undercover role. A14.
April 29, 2016 |
Former Pennsylvania State Treasurer Rob McCord secretly cooperated with federal prosecutors in a corruption investigation while in office and wore a body wire to record conversations with others, the Inquirer has learned. He surreptitiously recorded, among others, a major donor to Pennsylvania politicians whose company made millions helping to invest the public's money, four people familiar with the matter said. McCord, who pleaded guilty to attempted extortion in February 2015 but whose sentence has been delayed for months, wore the wire before he entered his plea.
March 26, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: Is there a benefit to premarital counseling if the couple have no major problems - or, at least, aren't yet aware of them? I think I've seen a few times in your column that some people have recommended it in all instances, but I'm not sure how I would initiate that process, or suggest it to a fiance(e), when I don't have an issue in mind that I feel we need to discuss with a counselor. Any advice on when such counseling is worth doing, and how we get the ball rolling if it is?
March 10, 2016 |
The Veronica Beard collection taps into a basic tenet in women's fashion - women want to look thin. Or at least thinner. And put together. And let's not forget comfortable. When sisters-in-law Veronica Swanson Beard, 36, and Veronica Miele Beard, 43, started their New York label in 2010, they wanted their go-to-work, go-to-meetings, and go-to-happy-hour pieces to achieve all these goals. The brand's signature item is a fitted blazer that comes with a zip-in, snap-in, or button-in dickey.