April 3, 2013
DEAR ABBY: My hair falls nearly to my waist. Many of my friends, both male and female, have grown out their hair over the years and donated it to cancer charities. While I think it's a beautiful act of selflessness, I have never felt the calling to donate my hair. I have recently been criticized for wanting to keep my long hair for myself and have been called selfish and a hypocrite. Abby, cancer runs in my family. I donate money and volunteer for my local Relay for Life every year.
April 5, 1988 |
I read with interest and chagrin the belly-aching of Michael McShea and Dan Rispo (March 15) who feel miffed because their Catholic school is "teaching them to be gentlemen. " Poor guys! They have to trim their shaggy hair and comply with a dress code which makes them appear neat and clean. They would prefer to dress "casually," according to McShea. This usually means a tank top with suitable obscene logo, a wrinkled army fatigue jacket, jeans (which look like Mom spilled the Clorox bottle on them accidentally)
September 29, 1997
O'Brien's got to part with the hair Michael O'Brien (Guest Opinion, Sept. 16): Grow up and get a job. Being a male with long hair is something you have control over. You compared yourself to African-Americans or Hispanics. Their skin color is out of their control, and cannot be changed. I have been disabled and confined to a wheelchair for over 10 years, yet I have been working and successfully promoted since I was able to go back to work over eight years ago. Sure, there's discrimination out there over many things that people have no control over, but if everyone made up excuses, this country would be a sad place.
October 13, 1996 |
Throw together pyrotechnics and cosmetics, and it was time to "Rock and Roll All Nite. " Three nights, really. Kiss, the 1970s hard-rock group, performed three shows last week at the CoreStates Spectrum. Kiss' tour, one of the biggest attractions in arena rockdom this year, marks the first time the group has played in 13 years. In full makeup, Kiss added to the spectacle with smoking guitars and fireworks. Painted faces. Long hair. Leather outfits. For the fans, the Kiss Army, the concerts were a chance to relive memories of their idols.
January 16, 2012
DEAR ABBY: I'm a 40-year-old female in the military who has been married for a few years. When I got married, I was slim, had a full head of beautiful, long hair and hardly any medical problems. Over the last couple of years I have developed a host of medical issues, all related to the harsh conditions of my deployments. My husband is shorter than I am, thin and three years younger. I have gained more than 40 pounds due to steroid treatments. I had to cut my long hair because it was falling out from stress.
March 11, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I've been estranged from my three siblings, their spouses, and their families for 35 years - my choice. There has been no correspondence, and I have seen them only at our parents' funerals. Since we are all in our 80s, I anticipate there will be funerals for us in the next decade. If I go first, there is no problem. However, I'm considering not attending their funerals or those of their spouses. My grown children say I must attend because I'm their brother. I'm concerned that I might be a distraction or that there could be a confrontation.
August 24, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I am a lesbian, still in high school, who has not yet come out to any friends or family. I want them to know, but I'm afraid to tell them. I'm pretty sure this is who I am, and I don't want them to dismiss my identity. I also don't want them to think of me differently - I want to be the same person in their eyes as I was before I came out. They aren't homophobic to my knowledge, but I feel "stuck. " I have fairly bad social anxiety, so it's difficult for me to say anything.
April 20, 2006 |
As a former hippie and career liberal, I think it's my duty to support the younger generation and their various trends and fashions. So, if I'm walking around town and happen to see a young person wearing a brass ring through his nose, rubber plugs in his ears, and The Last Supper tattooed on his upper body, I make a point of smiling warmly, as though I were in complete sympathy with his fashion and political statement. The secret truth is I am not. I simply cannot understand the need to so drastically alter the body to make a statement, when you could just as easily walk into Bloomingdale's, buy a marabou vest, wear it with a kilt and chains, and there you are - and you are not married to it for life.
April 20, 2016 |
When Johnny Shamir walks into the gym, members of the opposing team notice. Shamir is 6-foot-1, with long hair and a beard, so many compare his look to Jesus. It's different. Since the Eastern High School volleyball player brings an intimidating appearance onto the court, opponents often look to stop him first, and that opens up space for the rest of the team. As for his own play, Shamir often takes a subtle approach. "It doesn't really matter how hard you hit the ball as long as it hits the ground," said Shamir, who also is known by his Hebrew name, Tsur.
June 1, 1988 |
Catholic League baseball observers had a rough time last season determining the identity of the talented, somewhat offbeat youngster who now serves as Archbishop Ryan's No. 1 pitcher. With any other Raider, the observers could have asked the fellow to turn around, then looked at his back. Not with Ed Jagaczewski. The lettering, "JAGACZEWSKI" (pronounced Yahg-uh-sheff-skee), was covered by so much hair, you would have thought that Ed had not visited a barbershop in years. And you would have thought right.