April 2, 2016 |
Jim and Patty Esposito met at Villanova University, sent all three of their children to school there, and have been Wildcats season-ticket holders since they graduated. They have a "Villanova room" in their Morristown, N.J., home, complete with a glass table that holds the ticket stubs from every game they have attended through the decades. They'll be in Houston on Saturday to watch their team take on Oklahoma in the Final Four, cheering along with two of their best friends, another quintessential Villanova couple, Patrick Higgins and Julianne Bigelli.
March 14, 2016 |
"There were four Beatles the last time we did a road trip. " Pete offers this observation as we roll through the dark somewhere in Lower Delaware. He's claimed shotgun - as usual, I suddenly remember - Scott is at the wheel, and the Fab Four yeah-yeah-yeah from the speakers. I'm in the backseat, scribbling notes and asking for the heat to be turned down. Or up. Another old friend, also named Pete, is waiting for us at a getaway he has arranged on the Eastern Shore. We twist and turn through the last few miles of frigid night, and finally arrive, greeted by Pete's hearty embrace, a lively fire, and seats as cozy as home.
March 11, 2016 |
THERE'S Hollywood, and then there's real life. Hollywood looks like this: Maggie Smith, the British grande dame of film, is starring in a new comedy called The Lady in the Van, about a homeless elderly woman who parks her beaten-up 1957 Bedford CA van in a stranger's driveway and lives there for 17 years. Mayhem ensues. Delightful music underscores the funny parts; sorrowful notes amplify the poignant ones. By the time moviegoers leave the theater, they've fallen hard for Smith's troubled but quirky character.
March 10, 2016 |
Question: Four years ago, I left my teaching career to care for my son, who needed a great deal of medical care. He has been doing very well and no longer requires my constant attention. I would like to go back to my old career. My family, both immediate and extended, are not openly supportive of this. Over the years, they have become increasingly reliant on me to take the lead on everything relating to my children. My husband and parents, with good intentions, essentially tell me that I am more valuable outside my profession.
March 9, 2016 |
There are plenty of examples of iconic dancer/visual art collaborations - Degas' ballerinas, Jasper Johns' set for Merce Cunningham, John Sloan's Isadora Duncan - but one in particular has local resonance. David Rush's Nureyev's Eyes , at Delaware Theatre Company, examines the long friendship between Russian defector and ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev and Chadds Ford painter Jamie Wyeth. The production, lifted straight from the George Street Playhouse, features the same team: William Connell as Wyeth, Bill Dawes as Nureyev (until March 16, when Jed Peterson - played Nureyev in the play's world premiere at Florida's American Stage Theatre Company - takes over the role)
February 28, 2016
Leonard My Fifty-Year Friendship With a Remarkable Man By William Shatner with David Fisher Thomas Dunne. 278 pp. $25.99 Reviewed by Jon Caroulis First, Leonard Nimoy wrote a book, I Am Not Spock . Then he wrote I Am Spock . So who was he? His Star Trek costar William Shatner tries to find out in his memoir, Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship With A Remarkable Man . Writing in a conversational tone (with the help of David Fisher)
January 22, 2016
DEAR ABBY: We recently lost our dog, a 13-year-old springer spaniel, to old age. His passing has left a huge hole in our hearts and lives. We miss his companionship, his personality and the structure that caring for him brought to our lives. We're 51 and 60, own our home and are financially secure. Some of our friends are discouraging us from adopting another dog. They say we travel too much. Last year, we spent 12 weeks away from home. When we travel, we hire a trusted pet sitter to move into the house and attend to all our dog's needs.
January 17, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I now live in a party destination, and I regularly get family and friends visiting to experience the city. This includes "Kathy," who has been in a long-term relationship for seven years. When we were out, I came back from the bar to find Kathy making out with a guy who was rounding third base. I hated that she made me an accomplice to her cheating, and I ended up mostly breaking off the friendship. Now two years later, mostly reconciled, Kathy confronted me drunkenly at a birthday party for "treating her like a whore" and "making her feel bad for what she did. " It all came out that Kathy and her boyfriend had made their relationship open before her trip.
December 18, 2015 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I've been with my husband for 16 years, married 10. We were friends at first, and it grew into a mutual love. Generally, we're great. The not-so-great part is he stopped wanting sex, and it has been a source of contention for a few years now. Even with all the friendship and ability to talk issues out, this is one thing he just hasn't improved on. No doctor visits for it, no therapy, nothing. We were going to try for kids.
September 16, 2015 |
George Guida, 93, a Villanova University track and field star who served his country in World War II and represented it in the 1948 Olympics, died Monday, Sept. 7, in San Francisco, where he had lived for more than 50 years. Mr. Guida, remembered as a man of kindness and humility, was one of the first great runners to compete for Villanova's now-storied track program. But it is not just what Mr. Guida did in competition that made him such an important figure for the team. A friendship Mr. Guida struck up with an Irish runner at the 1948 Olympics in London continues to benefit Villanova today.