June 15, 2016
By Sally Friedman On Sunday, in my usual morning stupor, I shuffled into the kitchen, turned on the coffee, flipped on the TV, and heard something ominous about a mass shooting. My instant thought was that our 19-year-old grandson was in Israel, thousands of miles from his Merion home, and that this might have something to do with him. Israel is a country where too much unrest explodes too frequently. "Dear God, let him be fine!" I begged, my heart beating wildly. And then I began hearing the details.
September 19, 2014 |
THERE IS A scene in the old TV show "M*A*S*H" where Charles Winchester, the rich snob from Boston, chuckles because some farmers in the United States were wiped out by a tornado or something. Winchester owned stock in the farmers' direct competitors and the disaster resulted in a windfall for the heartless doctor. "They have their interests," he sneered. "I have mine. " When star players get suspended or go on injured reserve or whatever, there is an opportunity for fantasy leaguers to pounce on the misfortune - often by grabbing that player's direct backup.
August 29, 2014 |
THE NFL wants teachers to use fantasy football to educate young students, according to a recent report. The knee-jerk reaction, of course, is to scoff at what is surely a marketing ploy. But upon further review, the idea has merit. Mark Waller, the chief marketing officer of the NFL, told the Wall Street Journal that the league is interested in helping improving students' math skills. "It's a complex game, fantasy," said Waller. "You should be able to learn a lot, particularly around math.
October 19, 2012 |
THE FIRING of Juan Castillo wasn't the first significant development of the Eagles' 2012 season. Not even close. The first real sign of trouble came in the offseason when star left tackle Jason Peters ruptured his Achilles' tendon. Twice. When starting center Jason Kelce got hurt, the linemen were shuffled around so much it looked like Charlie Manuel's lineup in the middle of June. Playing the part of cleanup hitter Hector Luna was new center Dallas Reynolds. Anyone else wonder whether Castillo could have done a better job patching the line together?
September 1, 2012 |
In a perfect fantasy world, my starting lineup this season would feature Aaron Rodgers, Arian Foster, LeSean McCoy, Calvin Johnson, Greg Jennings, A.J. Green and Rob Gronkowski. That would be the same perfect world in which my teenagers never argue with me, Scarlett Johansson stalks me and my six-car garage can't accommodate my Lamborghini collection. Alas, since our fellow owners are unlikely to cede the entire first round to us, we'll simply have to work smarter to assemble the most dominant team in our league.
July 19, 2011
DEAR ABBY: "Keeping It Real in Laguna Beach, Calif.," who is embarrassed by the dialects of his Southern relatives, should learn some Southern hospitality! Yes, we may say "Ma and Pa," "y'all," "yonder" and "I reckon," but we would not laugh or be embarrassed if a California relative came to visit. We'd be overjoyed and welcoming. "K.I.R.," get off your high horse and get over yourself! If you visited, we'd show you around town, take you to see friends and relatives, and smother you with affection.
October 31, 2010
Grief over the way the city now is As a former resident of Oxford Circle and current homeowner in Fox Chase, I have sentimentally mourned the closing of neighborhood small businesses - stores whose owners and employees catered to a shopper's specific needs or desires. They were the stores on the "avenues" - Castor, Cottman, Frankford, and Rising Sun. Many of these businesses closed due to economic constraints but, today, they're closing due to crime. I recently drove on Rising Sun Avenue to the jewelry store my family has frequented for 25 years, but couldn't get in. It was blocked by yellow crime-scene tape.
May 16, 2010 |
ORLANDO - After two days of being shaken, stirred, and overstimulated, I needed a break. So I was relieved to wander into Epcot's upscale Les Chefs de France, which reminded me of the bistros I'd recently visited in the real Paris. Everything from the imported French staff to my favorite French spring water made me forget for a few minutes that I was in Orlando. As my waiter served me a perfect croque monsieur sandwich, I watched as the maitre d', Amelie, pushed a food cart down a nearby aisle.
October 22, 2009
This is the true story of 12 tweets picked to appear in a column to find out what happens when 140 characters stop being polite and start getting real. Or something like that. The Reali-ty of Fantasy World. All were sent to twitter.com/aroundthehorn. And they're real, fantasy face. N to the O. That would be like Hugh Hefner asking if he's violated the "too-many-hotties-in-one-mansion" rule. If Donnie Brasco taught us anything, it's that there are friends of mine and friends of ours.
June 19, 2009 |
Watching Natalie Bauder skip through her garden, hair flying, light as a sprite, one thing comes to mind: Alice. She's Alice in her own little Wonderland. Her Wonderland's in Wyndmoor, but it could be anywhere. Natalie loses herself in it with intensity, as 6-year-olds do, playing with her imaginary friends, Buzzy and Rudy, putting on one-girl shows about nothing at all, and tearing around the spiral path as if she's Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole. "The White Rabbit says, 'I'm late, I'm late, I'm late for a date,' " Natalie confides in a sing-song, "and if they're really late, the Queen of Hearts will chop their heads off!