May 13, 2013 |
AT THIS time of year, our windows open up to sweet scents of spring - and the headache-inducing annoyance of the neighborhood nuisance barker. Is this dog yours? The owners of problem barkers seem to develop an ability to ignore the noise that has their neighbors thinking of legal action - or worse. But a dog who's barking night and day isn't having any more fun than the neighbors are, and you owe it to both your pet and those who can hear him to fix this problem. The first step is to figure out why your dog is sounding off so much.
May 11, 2013 |
Question: I have a longtime friend whom I once considered a "best friend. " We connect at the heart and have relied on each other a lot over the years. Several years back, she went through a tough professional transition and completely cut me off. Not because she was angry with me, but because she needed to move through it alone. I was devastated that she would not return my calls, respond to my e-mails, accept my invitations. That went on for nearly two years. Ultimately, we worked it out, and all was well for a few years.
May 4, 2013 |
Five girls met as freshmen at their first cross-country practice at Mount St. Joseph Academy in Flourtown in 2003. They were all from different towns, new to the school and nervous, just looking to fit in. What happened to them has happened many times in many places. A bond was formed, friendships that may last a lifetime. "Back in our high school days, we bonded over Coach [Karen] Orr's merciless workouts and on long runs at Valley Green," said Genevieve O'Mara, now of Boston, "and that bond has remained strong ever since!"
April 13, 2013 |
Question: The last few times I've been out with my buddy and his wife, she's made some really derogatory remarks to him, if not outright screamed at him. He seems really cowed by her, like he's just trying to placate her so she'll stop. He hardly talks now. I worry about him (she wasn't like this when they were dating or early in their marriage), and I'm wary of burning bridges. I know him. If I even hint that she's abusing him, he'll get angry. I'm 99 percent certain he doesn't think he's being abused.
April 9, 2013 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I (female) have a very good friend (male). He's great and we enjoy each other's company. I do know, through conversations with him, that he's pretty much a jerk to women he dates/sleeps with, but our friendship doesn't revolve around this, so I don't really care. I have another friend (female) who was interested in him. I told her that while he's a good friend I think he'd be a lousy boyfriend, and gave examples. She claimed he'd be different with her and I stayed out of it. Six months later, he was a jerk to her too, and she's mad at me, not him, for not stopping her, and insists I can no longer be friends with him. How do I deal with this?
April 6, 2013 |
Meg Hoechlin is an average teenager. She plays several sports, is involved in her school, and likes to hang out with friends. There's just one thing. Hoechlin is not able to hang out with a lot of her friends in person because she has never met them outside of a computer monitor. Many of her friends live in far-flung places across the country. And she met them through social media. "Some of the people I trust most in the world are Internet friends, simply because they are judgment-free," said Hoechlin, a 17-year-old senior.
April 3, 2013 |
Two women, driven by desperation into friendship. In the right hands, this plot forms the basis for exciting buddy comedies ( Thelma & Louise ) or emotionally engaging period pieces ( Enchanted April , Steel Magnolias ). In Michael Whistler's heavy-handed The Prescott Method: Easy Steps to Perfect Bread Baking, Every Time , it inspires little but a desire to check one's watch. This 75-minute time-waster, now receiving its world premiere at the Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio on 3, follows a few months in the lives of town pariah Veronica (Madi Distefano)
March 23, 2013 |
From Jenny to The Butterfly's Daughter , the book comes after the news of the day: Joan's surgery on Friday; Lisa's first grandchild; and, yes, Jane, you can get Thomas' English muffins at Wegmans. At meetings of the Valley Forge Mountain Book Club, the hot new mystery or literary classic isn't incidental, but it shares nearly equal time with the sisterly chitchat of friends. That's the way it's been for decades with this group of women, this year celebrating the 40th anniversary of a book club whose rules once included a 25-cent fine for tardy members.
January 22, 2013 |
Maybe Mouphtaou Yarou and Daniel Ochefu get along well because they play basketball for Villanova, or because they have backgrounds in soccer. Or maybe it's because Ochefu's mother gives him African food for Yarou. "My mom makes this egusi soup," Ochefu said. "It's got spinach and different types of meats in it. That's really helped [our relationship]. That wasn't too bad. " "I really like it," Yarou said. Whatever it is that has drawn together Yarou, the 6-foot-10 senior who came to the United States in 2007 from Benin in West Africa, and Ochefu, the 6-11 freshman who returned to his father's native Nigeria to live for 31/2 years before starting high school at the Westtown School, they enjoy their time on and off the court.
December 19, 2012 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My friend's husband is obnoxious and offensive, and I'm out of serenity. I just want to leave now, but our lives are entangled. I feel like a heel waiting out mutual obligations to make my exit, but I don't see any good in telling them what's going on. My friend will just see one more person denigrating her husband. She seems happy and she's repeatedly assured me she's happy with him. Her husband generally gets defensive and is unable to admit fault.