May 11, 2012 |
The sun finally regains dominance as days of dreary, rainy weather moves out and warmer temperatures returns. The forecast still calls for a sunny, pleasant day of 67 with a slight breeze. The low tonight should dip to 48, but most of the weekend looks to be near perfect, according to the National Weather Service in Mount Holly. Friday should see full sun and high of 72. Saturday is expected to see a high of 80. And Mother's Day is likely to be partly sunny, with a high of 80. Then, the unsettled weather pattern returns with a chance of showers Sunday night and through Monday, which will see a high of about 75. So, all in all, Mother's Day should be okay.
July 28, 1991 |
Just before Mother's Day 1988, sometime after 1 a.m., a man and a woman carrying a child pounded on the door of Barbara Smith's Camden rowhouse. Over the sounds of the child's cries, Smith heard the man's voice: " . . . was in a crack house at Fifth and York yesterday. . . . Back again today and the boy was still there. Alone. Somebody said he used to live here. " The child, Donte Johnson, was 4 at the time. It had never been easy for him; it never would be. His mother was addicted to crack.
May 11, 2012
Q: My husband's ex-wife always guilt-trips her daughter into going all out for her on her birthday and on Mother's Day. My stepdaughter gets a very small allowance, so her dad is the one who has to pay. I think this is his ex-wife's way of sticking it to my husband, above and beyond the hefty child support and alimony she already gets. I want to put a stop to this, but I don't want to be a wicked stepmother. Please respond quickly. I overhead my stepdaughter tell my husband that her mother wants a certain Michael Kors watch, and the thought of that going on the credit card we both pay for makes me want to scream.
May 5, 2011
JOURNEY OF THE BONESETTER'S DAUGHTER. 10 p.m. Sunday, WHYY. TELEVISION sometimes reminds me of elementary school, where every holiday demanded the production of something suitable for hanging on my mother's refrigerator. And later, of course, on my own. The TV equivalent might be a marathon of holiday-themed sitcom episodes, or in the case of Mother's Day, something that feels as sentimental as any greeting card. Not surprisingly, the Hallmark Channel's all over Mother's Day this Sunday with "Martha Stewart Presents: America's Moms - A Celebration of America's Military Families with Michelle Obama and Jill Biden" (8 p.m., Hallmark)
December 7, 2012 |
WHEN IT CAME to being a mother, Stacey Newkirk-Smalls was a supermom, say those who know her best. The licensed-practical nurse taught her 18-month-old twins - Adam and Eve - a form of sign language so she could communicate with them before they learned to talk, recalled Newkirk-Smalls' mother, Yvonne Newkirk. Newkirk-Smalls, 41, of Tacony, bought a membership at Philadelphia's Please Touch Museum to expose the twins regularly to enrichment activities, Newkirk said. She enrolled another daughter, Stacey, now 5, in ballet classes.
May 14, 1989 |
What's the most important thing a mother does? "Mommy makes food," said Andrew Tilles, 6. "When we're sick, our mom takes us to the doctor and buys the medicine," answered 6-year-old Geoffrey Hill. "My mom cooks dinner for my family and fixes my sister's and my boo- boos," replied Jenny Wisely, 6. "I forgot," said Robin Rathman-Noonan, 5. The youngsters, all kindergarteners at Devon Elementary School, were seated recently in a circle on the green rug in their classroom, talking about their mommies.
May 8, 2011
Elizabeth McGinley is a freelance writer in Philadelphia who blogs at www.recollectibles . blogspot.com In the best-seller Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother , Amy Chua recounts how she tried to raise her children following the strict, high-expectations approach of her Chinese-born parents. I'm not hinting for a copy for Mother's Day, because I get enough expert criticism of my parenting: I have two college-age daughters. But I do like Chua's title, because I also had a tiger mother - of the Irish American variety.
June 8, 2011 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My girlfriend of four years is behaving in a way I can't understand, and I can't decide whether it's a fatal flaw. Recently, after dinner and live music, we ended up at my house. The next morning - Mother's Day - my teenage daughter called asking if I could bring flowers from my garden for the vase she'd bought her mom. When I told my girlfriend where I was going and that I would be back in a few minutes, she said, "Well, then I'm leaving.
May 8, 2005 |
True story: One Sunday morning a girl walks into a bedroom, sees woman sipping coffee, reading paper. "But, Mom," exclaims the girl, who would be my daughter, "it's not Mother's Day!" There you have it: A mother is entitled to precisely one day of rest a year - two if she's fortunate enough to have her birthday fall on a weekend. Mother's Day, as we all know, is a canard, a joke. Every day should be Mother's Day. Why are we only allowed to be feted annually the way Elizabeth Taylor is treated daily?
May 12, 1997 |
Nothing like waiting till the last minute. Yesterday, Hill Pressley of Willingboro walked out of Stacy's Cards & Gift Shop after buying a bouquet of roses and a balloon for his wife for Mother's Day.