June 27, 2015 |
Question: I have a problem I am not proud of. My daughter is pregnant, and, so far, everything in her pregnancy is routine. When I was pregnant with our three kids, my husband was typical for our generation in terms of the involvement he showed during my pregnancy and even my kids' infant years. But now that our daughter is pregnant, he has shown more interest in her than pretty much every pregnancy I had combined. He downloaded an app for his phone that gives weekly updates of the baby's size, changed all his photos to the ultrasound photo, and even spent hours researching car seats for our car so we can drive the baby around.
November 16, 2014 |
Megan Vermeil is the first Vermeil girl to play field hockey, which might explain why her famous grandfather doesn't know too much about the sport. "Whenever he tries to give me field hockey pointers, he's like, 'Oh, never mind, I don't know anything,' " she said. "He'll be like, 'Take it in to them and shoot around them.' And I'm like, 'It's a lot harder than it looks.' " Somehow, Dick Vermeil's youngest grandchild is making it seem easier than it looks. The Villa Maria junior is playing in the state tournament for the first time and has taken on a lead role on the raised stage.
December 7, 2012 |
IT WAS not a good idea for the children or friends of Earl Morton Washington Jr. to be playing hooky on Germantown Avenue when he was driving the Route 23 Trolley. "He would stop the trolley with passengers in the middle of the street, get out and yell at whomever he saw, telling them to get their butts back to school," his family said. "Many passengers would agree with him and yell out the window, 'Yeah, that's right, get back in school!' " That was the kind of dad, granddad and great-granddad Earl was - deeply committed to education and hard work, and not very tolerant when he encountered those who didn't agree with him. Earl Washington, a SEPTA trolley operator for 39 years, Army veteran of World War II and active churchman, died of pneumonia and heart failure Nov. 29. He was 92 and lived in Mount Airy.
June 2, 2012 |
It usually goes the same at the start of each school year. Unfamiliar teachers, calling out the roll for the first time, will ask Jack Ashburn if he's related to a certain Ashburn who starred for the Phillies and was also a well-known broadcaster. "They're kind of surprised when I say, 'Yeah, that's my grandfather,' " the 17-year-old said. The Phoenixville High senior was 3 when Richie Ashburn died, and doesn't remember any interaction with the beloved outfielder. But family gatherings over the years have brought him up to speed.
May 15, 2012 |
Travolta accuser No. 2: Arbitration The second Anonymous Masseur who lodged a sexual battery complaint against John Travolta is willing to withdraw his lawsuit and enter arbitration, says his lawyer. "We can set up our own private trial. I'm willing to do that," Okorie Okorocha tells the New York Daily News, "and I've proposed that to [Travolta's lawyer] Marty Singer. " Adds Okorocha, "He hasn't agreed, but he hasn't said no. " Travolta has dismissed the masseurian claims against him as bogus.
December 29, 2011 |
Herring is hip and it's high-end. Long a favorite of Jewish grandfathers, herring is showing up on the menus of hip and elegant New York restaurants. Laurent Manrique serves lightly smoked herring, imported from France, with boiled potatoes at Millesime, his French bistro in Manhattan. "Surprisingly, smoked herring and quenelles de brochet are our two most popular appetizers," he said. Herring with wasabi and yuzu kosho paste is one of the haute Jewish dishes at Kutsher's Tribeca.
May 27, 2010
Dear Harry: My wife and I have just saved her grandfather's house from foreclosure so he could continue to live there. It took us two years to get the house titled in my wife's name and to have two liens from predatory lenders removed. There is a mortgage for $51,000 that was also transferred to her, and there's still one lien from the electric company that we want to get rid of. They're hitting us with stiff interest, too. The problem is that we need $19,000 to do this, and our savings are getting a bit low. The house is worth close to $100,000.
June 25, 2004 |
BILL Clinton's psychiatrist is nothing like the guy I was seeing a few years ago. We used to meet in his office where he sat for 50 minutes pretending to pay rapt attention to my stream-of-consciousness answer to the one question he'd ask at the start of the session. He spoke only two sentences: "Tell me what's going on with you today. " And "Our 50 minutes is up. " Ultimately, I left his nurturing care after deciding that I could hear myself talk for a lot less than $100 an hour.
June 21, 2003 |
Baseball was still a curiosity, not a national pastime. Horse racing, with all its gambling, attracted an unsavory crowd. And there wasn't yet a single 18-hole golf course in the nation. In the decade before the Civil War, rowing was the sport of choice for America's aristocrats, particularly those living in the old cities along the Eastern seaboard. An astonishing crowd of 50,000 had lined New York harbor in 1824 for a row between British and American four-man crews. Boston's Brahmins gathered for weekend races along the Charles River.
June 20, 2003 |
So, why can't girls be Maori tribal chiefs? Tradition, of course. But "Whale Rider," the movie freely adapted from a popular New Zealand novel that itself reworked a 1,000-year-old myth, will take none of that. To its credit, this correct-thinking film manages to work its girl empowerment, indigenous dignity and green mystical themes into a pat but still strongly felt study of family conflict. Set in a contemporary coastal village, the movie pits painful experience against the struggle to sustain irrational beliefs.