April 29, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I am very excited to be proposing soon to the man I want to spend my life with. My family is excited for me - with one exception. My younger sister, whom I want to be my best woman, says she doesn't know if she will be able to participate in our wedding because she's having trouble reconciling that her faith tells her same-sex marriage is a sin. I have explained that it will be a civil ceremony with a judge instead of a religious figure, and she says that this "helps," but that she still doesn't know if she can be part of it. I love my sister, and I know that if she didn't love me in return, she wouldn't be struggling with this; she just wouldn't participate.
April 29, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I must've hit the jackpot, as my first six grandkids are easy to love and love me right back. Not so with the seventh. When his parents bring him over, he doesn't even greet his grandfather or me. He makes a beeline for the TV and doesn't even acknowledge us. I've read your column for years and strive not to judge or criticize my family and to love unconditionally. I'm also aware that some kids are reserved, some display affection, etc., and I respect that.
April 27, 2016 |
Pleasantly warm and dry, with a light breeze ideal for flying, Monday was a fabulous day to be a pollen grain. And a terrible one to be an allergy sufferer. The peak season for tree-pollen levels has arrived, and on Monday pollen counts registered in the "extreme" category, with an attendant outbreak of sneezing, congestion, watery eyes, coughing, and assorted complaints, according to Donald J. Dvorin, the region's official pollen counter. Despite the prospect of showers, the rest of the week could be as miserable for the allergic, warned Dvorin, an allergist with the Asthma Center.
April 26, 2016
ISSUE | DEATH A love story Anyone who wishes to understand the meaning of true love should read Kerry McKean Kelly's moving remembrance of times spent with her husband, Steve, between his cancer diagnosis and untimely passing ("What cancer can't take away," April 17 ). The manner in which she recounts her experiences - at once life-altering and life-affirming - captures the essence of a committed relationship. Patrick J. Hagan, Ardmore
April 26, 2016 |
Declaring his ardor for a man 50 years his junior, former Pennsylvania Sen. Harris Wofford - a 90-year-old widower who marched with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and advised President John F. Kennedy on civil rights - will marry the second love of his life on Saturday. Wofford, who wrote of his plans and passions in an op-ed piece for Sunday's New York Times, described the reaction to his decision to make such private matters public. "I've received an outpouring of warmth from friends and acquaintances new and old," Wofford said Sunday night in an email to the Inquirer.
April 25, 2016 |
Are gadgets a bad gift for Mother's Day? Too impersonal? While not pretty 'n sweet smelling like flowers, a well-selected, easy-to-master gadget does communicate "I'm thinking of you, looking out for your needs" far better. And if it's flourished beside something aromatic, it should spark a smile lasting longer than a day. Forget me nots. With a Davek Alert umbrella in hand, your loved one will see sunshine on a cloudy day. While hardly inexpensive ($125 at davekny.com) this sturdy thing is built to last, with a refined opening/closing mechanism that even flips the umbrella back if turned inside out by gusting wind.
April 24, 2016 |
Officiants: Msgr. Joseph Murray, pastor emeritus of St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church in Lansdale; Msgr. Joseph Tracy, St. Stanislaus; the Rev. Denis Wilde, OSA; the Rev. Philip Forlano; and the Rev. John Chung Nguyen. Venues: St. Stanislaus Catholic Church; William Penn Inn, Gwynedd. Catering: William Penn Inn. Florist: Zora Derderian, Mary Donato. Band: City Rhythm Orchestra, Willow Grove. Music planner: Sister Thomasina Marie, RSM. Vocalist: Marie Molinari-Hagner, High Note Vocals, Lansdale.
April 24, 2016 |
Jack Welsh is a quarterback because his older brother, Mike, is a quarterback. Grace Mancini inspired her three younger sisters to run track. It's no surprise some high school sports teams are more like families than just a collection of players. That's because siblings dot the rosters of many local teams. Some of these families, such as the running Mancini sisters at Cardinal O'Hara High School - senior Grace, sophomore twins Eleanor and Elizabeth and freshman Christine - are examples of sisters who share a love for the same sport.
April 23, 2016
ARIES (March 21-April 19) Your intensity sometimes can be problematic in that others feel delightfully overwhelmed. You will find that wherever your attention goes, it will be well received. Focus on one person, make plans. You can do this each night and day until you find your nirvana (though quick passing), which is more than likely this weekend. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Others seem to nearly run you over trying to get your attention. It is a good thing that you are a sturdy bull and have a very keen eye for the best mate for you. Though you might be putting a lot of numbers in your cell, you will stop when you spot this special person.