January 25, 2016
Dina Eliezer is the education director at Congregation Beth El Early Childhood Center in Voorhees I once read that memory is what forms one's identity. It contains one's life narrative. A diagnosis of Alzheimer's means a person loses the ability to remember, but does she then cease to exist? While you learn to adjust and accept that all the long-cherished memories you've shared must be relinquished, you realize you only have the present moment to share. This has to be enough.
October 31, 2015 |
Question: Do you think maybe the boyfriend from one of your columns genuinely does care about the advice-seeker and just wants to see her have healthy relationships with her family, possibly for her own good? My husband is not close with either of his parents. They had him in high school, split when he was 2, and both started new families, kind of leaving him behind. His mother is a habitual liar and manipulator, and his father cares more about his affluent lifestyle. I get it - there is not a strong emotional attachment there, nor does my husband desire one. I grew up with a tight-knit family.
September 3, 2015 |
To Monica Ippolito, family meant hours of listening to her grandfather's stories: how he'd fought in World War II; how, after he eloped with her grandmother, his mother-in-law chased them with the wooden spoon she called her "macaroni stick. " For Tim McIntire, family ties were equally fierce. His sister, born with special needs, defied doctors' predictions that she would never walk or talk. "I had a pretty big hand in helping to raise her," Tim says. When they met, he was a first-year student and Monica was a senior at Philadelphia's High School for the Creative and Performing Arts.
July 7, 2015 |
There are now enough people officially running for president to qualify for a TLC show. But while the entrance of Donald Trump and New Jersey's Chris Christie could add a little punch to "18 Candidates and Counting," the 2016 election is still 17 months away. For now, I'd rather the men and women seeking our nation's highest office were spending a little less time on our TV sets and a little more in front of their own. Because, like it or not, television is the national pastime.
June 22, 2015 |
Marlton jeweler Angelo Breaux got his first taste of the business half a century ago in South Philly. His grandfather Angelo Calapristi, who owned a jewelry store at 22d and Snyder, would bring Breaux along while collecting payments on credit accounts in the neighborhood. "We went door-to-door, and when people didn't have the $10 or whatever it was, they'd pinch my cheeks and feed me," Breaux, 57, recalls. "They'd give me pizzelles and biscotti, and candy. " Now a grandfather himself, Breaux is the patriarch of Family & Co. Jewelers on Route 70, where his son and two daughters work side-by-side with him in the business they all were born into.
October 22, 2014 |
Baby boomers took over Hollywood in the 1980s. And boy, did they like making films and TV shows about themselves - The Big Chill , Family Ties , China Beach - packing them to the gills with hippie anthems. The Wonder Years , a half-hour dramedy about the Arnolds, an average American family of five living in the 1960s, was no exception, opening with Joe Cocker's version of the Beatles classic "With a Little Help From My Friends" as its theme song. Time Life has released a complete collection of the series, featuring all of its original music, in a 26-disc set packaged in a little replica school locker.
November 29, 2013 |
For a kid who grew up along the trolley tracks just outside of West Philadelphia, it's amazing how a few olive trees in Greece can always bring tears to my eyes. It happened again in September, as I said goodbye to my mother's farmer-sister, set to walk across the village of Asopos, and turned that first corner where, eventually, she and all the others were no longer in view. Because, for the last two decades, here is how it has gone down every time I've hit that corner: I realize the time with family is over.
August 31, 2013 |
One Notre Dame player with local ties to the area is walk-on freshman cornerback Jesse Bongiovi. Bongiovi is the son of rock-and-roll star Jon Bon Jovi, a former majority owner of the Philadelphia Soul. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly assured reporters during training camp that Bongiovi made the team through his abilities as a player and not his family ties. "Jesse has earned his spot on the [roster]" Kelly recently told csnchicago.com. "He's a tough kid. The kids really like him. They respect him. They don't look at him as a rock star's son. They look at him as a kid that loves Notre Dame and wants to play football and help this team.
July 1, 2013
Gary David Goldberg, 68, who created the 1980s sitcom hit Family Ties and expanded into feature films, died June 22 of brain cancer in Montecito, Calif., the New York Times reported. Mr. Goldberg's TV successes also included the ABC comedy Spin City, which in 1996 reunited him with Family Ties breakout star Michael J. Fox. A more modest hit for Mr. Goldberg, yet much-acclaimed, was CBS's Brooklyn Bridge (1991-93). His films included Dad (1989), Bye Bye Love (1995)
May 31, 2013 |
LET'S JUST START BY saying we know this is an item that's even sillier than usual, but the Phillies have been having a rough enough go of it this year that we thought they needed some good news. Or another excuse to rib 1-8 Cole Hamels . CougarLife.com, one of the countless Internet dating websites aimed at niche hook-ups - has named Hamels the second-most desirable baseball player in their survey of 11,000 cougars. The bad news is that our Phillie lost out to a Met - third baseman David Wright . Given that Hamels is married to the former Heidi Strobel (a Playboy model and "Survivor" contestant)