September 2, 2013 |
In Closed Circuit , Rebecca Hall goes down a rabbit hole: secret courts, clandestine government agencies, surveillance, spying. The British thriller, in which she and Eric Bana are on the case of a suspected terrorist charged in a London bombing, is one of those ripped-from-the-headines affairs. "At the time, I thought it was on-point and topical, but it seems to be getting more so every day," says Hall, who plays a special advocate appointed to a closed courtroom trial, there to weigh the interests of the accused against those of the state.
August 12, 2013 |
Their bond was formed 35 years ago in a fraternity house on the University of Pennsylvania campus, where the Phi Sigma Kappa creed pledges a brotherhood committed to "faith and purpose. " Today, Herman Mihalich and John Cooper's purpose is to deliver a quality stiff drink. As novice craft distillers of Dad's Hat rye whiskey, they are also reviving a lost art in Pennsylvania, a state heralded on their company's keystone-shaped bottle label as the birthplace of the brown liquid that lost a devoted following during Prohibition.
July 22, 2013
DEAR ABBY: Am I being selfish? My next-door neighbor (who is a friend) knew we had bought an expensive vacuum cleaner last year. She asked if she could try it out on her carpet and I agreed, thinking it would be a one-time favor. I should add that she watches our house and our cat when we're traveling, and we do likewise for her. She recently asked if she could borrow it again, and I didn't know what to say. I didn't want to let her, so I made an excuse that I needed to buy more vacuum bags.
July 19, 2013
D EAR ABBY: I have been living with my girlfriend, "Robin," for four years. She has children from a previous marriage, and I dearly love the children. My problem is I no longer love their mother. There is no passion, no joy together and no partnership. When I suggest ways we could bond together, she says, "I'm too tired," or "I don't want to do that," or "This is the way it is!" I have stayed this long only for the kids, but I'm unhappy to the point of aching. Is there a way to leave a situation like this?
July 12, 2013 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: The last few times I have hung out with a friend, she told me I am "cheating" on her when I mentioned that I hung out with other people. She has also said I can't have other friends. She says these things in a joking manner, but it's happened more than once. It makes me uncomfortable because back in the day (prior to therapy!) I was always in the company of controlling people - parents, boyfriends, relatives, siblings. I figured out why I followed the controlling requests and I no longer allow it. When she referred to "cheating," my automatic response was to shut down and get quiet because I felt like I was going to lose it. I hate the way I felt when I was controlled, and I started to feel that way again.
June 20, 2013
THIS IS Carol Purfield's easy way to feed a crowd. She often serves this with homemade brioche rolls, but any kind of good "sopping" bread will do. She also saves the leftover stock to make black-bean soup later in the week. PULLED PORK IN A CROCK-POT 1 pork shoulder (8 to 12 pounds) 7 garlic cloves Dry rub mix: 2 tablespoons each of chili powder, salt, sugar, pepper, garlic powder 2 large onions, sliced 1/2 cup cider vinegar 1/4 cup water Large dash Worcestershire sauce 1 bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce Salt and pepper to taste Make slits all over the pork shoulder; insert garlic cloves.
June 17, 2013 |
They weren't close friends. They didn't all know one another. But four working moms in the same South Jersey town shared a love of triathlons. They met for breakfast and decided to start something, a revolution, really - the Mullica Hill Women's Triathlon Club! In its fourth year, the club has 675 members, the largest all-women triathlon club in America. Colleen Fossett, 43, a founder, conceived the motto: "No Nuts, Just Guts. " The club really isn't about triathlons. It's about transformation.
May 30, 2013 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I have asked this question in a lot of different forums, and no advice columnist seems to want to touch it. My husband and I are non-Christians living in a small town in the Bible Belt. We have made some friends (it took a while) who are fun people and share most of our values, except religion. I don't have a problem being friends with people of different religions; I consider it none of my business what other people believe, and just wish they would extend me the same courtesy.
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.