May 29, 2016
DEAR ABBY: My 18-year-old daughter, a junior in high school, is still living at home. She has befriended a 51-year-old man at her first job (a burger place). We have told her that although she is kind to be friendly with him at work, we feel it's inappropriate to do things with him outside of work. She's now upset with us and contends that we "don't understand," that "nothing romantic is going on," and that she thinks of him as a "second father. " Although they have not gotten together yet outside of work, she announced last weekend that she was going to meet him for lunch.
May 26, 2016
DEAR ABBY: My mom lives with me and my hubby. Recently I found out that she walks around at night because she hears noises or is restless - and puts her ear on our bedroom door, too! I was shocked. I think this is a complete invasion of my privacy, and I was embarrassed to no end. I now avoid getting intimate with my hubby, and he has no idea why. I have to be sensitive about what I say to Mom because she underwent surgery recently and she has a lot of medical issues. How should I handle this?
April 26, 2016 |
The formula for so-called black films is both specific and ill-defined: Jenifer Lewis, Lynn Whitfield, or Loretta Devine lead a mostly black cast, with Taye Diggs or Morris Chestnut in there somewhere. Spike Lee or Tyler Perry is writer, director, and star. Every character hides her purse around cousin Pookie, and prayer is the only substitute for a doctor's visit. There's often also a Soul Train line to Maze featuring Frankie Beverly's "Before I Let Go" and plenty of sassy neck rolling to go around.
April 20, 2016 |
It certainly didn't feel as though summer was drawing to a close as a sweat-soaked crowd gathered on Labor Day weekend under a blazing sun on Detroit's Hart Plaza to witness the first performance of guitar great Pat Metheny and famed bassist Ron Carter. When I mentioned to Carter I'd been fortunate enough to attend that Detroit Jazz Festival concert, giving me some idea of what to expect from the pair's reunion set for this weekend at the Exit Zero Jazz Festival in Cape May, he responded with a single word: "Surprise!"
April 19, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My 9-year-old daughter is a bright, funny, creative, kind girl who has, in the past, been on the receiving end of some mean-girl behavior. We have worked with the school and with a private counselor, and she is doing better. My husband and I have a group of close friends who socialize and sometimes travel together. The daughters of two friends often leave her out. When I bring up the exclusion with the other moms, they come to the defense of their daughters.
April 15, 2016 |
Q: My best friend got married two years ago to a really great guy. I was the maid of honor. They had a kid, moved to Jersey, the whole nine yards. One day, I was over there partying with her and her husband, and one thing led to another. It wasn't planned. Now my best friend won't return my calls, although her husband has texted me a few times. I'm not sure what to do. Mia: You screwed her husband; now she's mad. What's not to understand? The next time you're wasted and hanging out at a friend's house, keep your panties on, and you just might keep a friendship.
April 10, 2016
DEAR ABBY: About a year ago, my daughter befriended a schoolmate. After numerous playdates, our families have become close. While my family is atheist, we know this family is devoutly Christian. Recently, after I mentioned in conversation that we weren't religious, they invited us to their church for service. I diplomatically declined but felt awkward having told the mom our non-beliefs. Since then, this family invites us to church constantly, and the mom routinely brings up scripture while we're talking.
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.