September 15, 2016 |
Bartram football coach Jim Chapman has a father who served in the military. West Philadelphia coach Frank Steed served 28 years with the Philadelphia Police Department. Mastery North coach John Davidson has family and friends who have served in the armed forces and as police officers. After players and coaches from Woodrow Wilson - a public school in Camden - took a knee during the national anthem before a game last weekend, coaches in Southeast Pennsylvania talked about he issue.
September 6, 2016 |
For months, the news about job growth has been good, at least nationally. But, until recently, it seemed as though the American people hadn't yet received the memo. Now, finally, there's a shift, with optimism on the rise, a Rutgers University study shows. Annette Reeves, 58, is feeling the mood. After many years of unemployment or underemployment, she started a full-time job in July. "I feel extremely confident," Reeves said. Like others caught in the recession, Reeves had lost her job, her house, and - almost - her spirit, a common effect of joblessness.
September 2, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I'm a young woman of 16 years, and I'm in the second year of high school. Next year will be my last, and then I will have the pressure of what I will do with my life. When I was little, I said I was going to be a stylist. I liked that idea, but after I did some research about it, I realized it is not for me. I have also thought about journalism and specializing in fashion, but don't know if it's something I want for my life. I would love to do medicine, perhaps pediatrics or oncology.
August 26, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I have a complicated family situation. My dad was married to a woman named "Cynthia" for 16 years until they divorced. He met and married my mother the next year. My parents were married for 40 years, until Mom died of cancer a year ago. Since her death, I have gone with my dad to a few holiday events hosted at his other daughters' houses, where we saw them and Cynthia. Everyone was cordial and welcoming. A few days ago, Dad told me that he and Cynthia are dating, and he asked me to wish them luck.
August 19, 2016 |
Q: I have an issue that cost me my relationship. My girlfriend (now my ex) has a tattoo on her arm that says "Big John" with a heart drawn next to the letters. I was very upset and offended when I was out with her and it was visible. I was seeing her for approximately four years and everyday when I see her, I had to look at that stupid tattoo. We had many arguments and disagreements about this. She felt, if I was tired of looking at it, I should pay to have it removed or covered. I was really tired of looking at it. My suggestion to her was to at least wear a long-sleeved shirt to cover it. I am curious as to what you both think.
August 16, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My husband and I have been together for more than a decade and have two sweet, young children. After months of a nagging feeling and begging my husband to tell me the truth, he finally admitted this weekend that he has visited prostitutes and massage parlors for years. The last year has been a sad, miserable time. He was emotionally retreating out of shame and guilt. The quiet tension has taken a toll on us and our children. He can get therapy to heal his addiction, but it won't be with me by his side as his wife.
August 14, 2016 |
The National Weather Service has extended an excessive heat warning until Sunday night, as the combination of high temperatures and humidity will make it feel like more than 100 degrees at times during the weekend. On Saturday, the heat index in Philadelphia could make it feel like 110 degrees, the weather service says. There is a chance of showers or scattered thunderstorms through Sunday night, but the precipitation will not result in any significant cooling. There is no sign that daytime highs will fall below 90 until Wednesday.
August 4, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I'm obsessed with having sex. I can't stop. Ever since I was 8, I've been having sex, and now I'm 18. I have a boyfriend I've been dating since I was 8, and we can't stop having sex. I want to stop, but he doesn't want to. I keep on doing it because he says if I don't, he'll leave me. Please help. What do I do? - Obsessed in Miami DEAR OBSESSED: There are worse things than losing a boyfriend who threatens to dump you if you don't have sex with him. Chief among them is having sex with someone because you have been coerced.
August 3, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My husband of 10 years recently came out to me as a transwoman. She says she is a lesbian and wants to stay and make it work. I am trying to be supportive, but I am feeling betrayed and weirded-out and pretty sure I'm not a lesbian. When I hide my confusion, she's ecstatically happy to be her real self; when I mention some aspect of my unhappiness, she goes very quiet. I feel sad and alone and confused, and I don't know how much of that to let show.
July 29, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I am the mother of a 13-year-old son, my only child. For the last 10 years, I have been living with mounting guilt over the fact that he doesn't have a sibling. It's not because my husband and I haven't tried, we have. But fertility issues took us down an empty road, and adoption discussions were just that - discussions. I can't tell you how many times our son has said he wished he had a sibling. Every time, it's like a knife in my heart, and the guilt surges back. I think about the future and how he will have no brother or sister to share life with or lean on when something happens to my husband or me. Although I have always felt blessed to have him, I can't escape these feelings.