March 3, 2012 |
Question: I love to cook and my family usually loves what I cook. I've cooked for my new boyfriend, and he always says the same thing: "This meal wasn't bad" or "pretty good. " Rarely does he fully compliment it. I know I shouldn't be fishing for compliments (which is exactly what I'm doing), but I'm extra-sensitive because his ex-wife was an amazing cook. Should I cut back on how much I cook for him or should I just pass the comments off as benign? Answer: Think more broadly, please.
December 18, 2011 |
No matter how many times it happens, it never gets old. About this time in December - with just a few days until Christmas and the end of Red Kettle season - anonymous people give unexpected donations to the Salvation Army through the kettles. In other years and other locations, people have given diamond rings and gold coins worth thousands of dollars. In Carlisle, Pa., on Friday, someone anonymously donated an 1884 $5 U.S. gold coin to the Salvation Army. Wrapped in a clear protective sleeve - the kind that coin dealers use to display coins without having them subject to being handled - the coin had a value of $575 written on the sleeve.
December 17, 2011
GETTYSBURG - Someone dropped a coin worth about $1,700 into a Salvation Army kettle in central Pennsylvania. Again. A gold South African Krugerrand was discovered Wednesday in a kettle outside a Wal-Mart near Gettysburg. The valuable coin has appeared in Gettysburg-area kettles for several years. But no one knows whom to thank for the generosity. Local Salvation Army unit organizer C.K. Roulette said he was content with the mystery remaining unsolved. He said it added excitement during long, cold hours of bell-ringing.
December 13, 2011 |
Dear Santa Claus, We know what some guys in Northeast Philadelphia deserve this Christmas: A set of handcuffs and slammer time. Three Salvation Army kettles were stolen in recent weeks at two Acmes on Roosevelt Boulevard in the Northeast, according to Randall Thomas, a spokesman for the charity. Each probably contained about $250. A bicycle-riding thief in his late 20s or early 30s even snatched a red kettle - along with the tripod to which it was chained - while racing by the Acme near Solly Avenue, also the site of a second theft.
March 17, 2011
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December 17, 2010 |
AS A SALVATION Army bell-ringer, I learned a few things. I learned not to drink a 16-ounce cup of coffee before my shift, because the time between bathroom breaks best accommodates an 8-ounce cup. I learned that it's better to hold the bell's handle between your index and middle fingers and shake it briskly as your arm dangles loosely by your side. Hold the bell higher than that and you'll need Bengay later to soothe your achy shoulder. And I learned that the nicest donors are not necessarily the most nattily dressed ones.
June 28, 2010
IDON'T THINK it was right to fire Gen. McChrystal for his comments in Rolling Stone - but what about President Obama's comments about Arizona Gov. Brewer being misguided, etc., for trying to protect the people of her state yet? Obama should talk! Some president! Robert F. Schaffer
May 19, 2010
IREAD Stu Bykofsky's column about Marianne Bessey being called the "c-word. " Sticks and stones, Stu. And I noticed you cleverly didn't say what your opinion was of Ms. Bessey filing a lawsuit. Don't wanna anger your female readers, I suppose? Lester G. Force III, Marlton, N.J. Although the comment was in poor taste, I don't believe it should be a criminal matter (unless there are additional pieces to the story that were not disclosed). Simply put, words are not actions.
January 7, 2010
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