December 28, 2015 |
I'm delighted to hear that Mother Teresa is going to be made a saint. But I'm also surprised. That she wasn't already. I mean, what does it take? Before I begin, please understand that I'm not criticizing the Catholic Church. This is a humor column, and I'm Catholic myself. Of course, it goes without saying that Mother Teresa is incredibly inspiring, but looked at another way, there's nobody like Mother Teresa to make you feel inadequate, especially in the holiday season.
September 2, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I was best friends with "Joanne" after we met in middle school. She comes from a conservative Christian family and has three successful siblings. This has made her quirky, media-driven pursuits and city life a disappointment to her family. When we were teens and she learned that I was a straight ally for gay rights, she came out to me as a lesbian, but for years only I and a few close friends knew. Once she was an adult and her family found out, they practically disowned her and made their disapproval and "shame" very clear.
October 15, 2012
Last year's awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize was a rarity, as it was divided among three women: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee of Liberia, and Tawakkol Karman of Yemen. Match up previous female winners of the award, which was first presented in 1901, with the year they were honored. 1. Jane Addams. 2. Emily Greene Balch. 3. Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams. 4. Shirin Ebadi. 5. Wangari Maathai. 6. Rigoberta Menchu. 7. Alva Myrdal.
December 17, 2011 |
British-born essayist, social critic, and political pundit Christopher Hitchens died Thursday in Houston of complications from esophageal cancer, according to a statement from Vanity Fair, where he was a contributing editor. He was 62. "[He was] a man of ferocious intellect," said Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter. "There will never be another like Christopher. . . . Those who read him felt they knew him, and those who knew him were profoundly fortunate souls. " Considered one of the world's most influential public intellectuals, Mr. Hitchens was a hit on the lecture circuit and a frequent guest on news shows, earning a reputation as a fierce contrarian.
June 6, 2011 |
NOT MANY REPORTERS can claim a secret handshake with the Mayor of Philadelphia. One who can is also a mayor: Toby Rich, or the "Mayor of Girard Avenue," as he is known in his column for the venerable weekly Philly newspaper SCOOP U.S.A. Dressed in his usual oversize, stylish T-shirts and Jeff caps, sometimes clutching a cane or chewing on a stick, Rich stands quietly at news conferences in the corner of the mayor's reception room in City Hall, almost always posing the first question.
September 28, 2010 |
Snooki a drunk? Lindsay Lohan the next Mother Teresa ? So hard to keep track of our fave girlie-girls! First the bad: The Snookster wasn't just tipsy on Thursday's episode of Jersey Shore , filmed in May in Miami Beach. She was so blotto, RadarOnline says, that she was rushed to a hospital and treated for alcohol poisoning. An anon source says Snooki looked so bad, much of the footage from that night was excised from the show. No comment from producers. Things are sunnier in LiLo-Land.
August 27, 2010
Aquino vows probe of attack MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine president vowed Thursday to punish authorities who bungled a bus hostage crisis that killed eight Hong Kong tourists, toughening his stance after Asian powerhouse China expressed outrage and political rivals pummeled him with criticism. The nearly 12-hour hostage drama at a historic Manila park stunned even this violence-prone Southeast Asian nation and delivered the first major crisis to President Benigno Aquino 3d less than two months into his term.
September 8, 2009 |
Incredible as it may seem, a dozen Labor Days have gone by since Princess Diana's tragic death in a car crash during that holiday weekend in 1997. At the time, Comics Guy felt the media attention was overplayed. Diana was famous for being famous, part of a royal family with no real power, and she was lauded for visiting AIDS patients as if she was Mother Teresa. In fact, Mother Teresa herself died a few days later and her passing received only a fraction of the coverage Diana's death received.
September 20, 2007
AMID ALL the violence and corruption in the city, it was so refreshing to see Tadahito Iguchi's arms raised in the air on the cover of a recent Daily News. It shows not only how far the Phillies have come ethnically, but also how far they have come from all of the adversity of bad ownership, lackluster players and the injuries sustained throughout this season. This team brings us hope, no matter how much you can't help disliking the ownership and some of their moves. They bring us inspiration, despite the mind-boggling moves that Charlie Manuel sometimes makes.
September 12, 2007
RE CAROL Towarnicky's op-ed on Mother Teresa: What purpose did it serve to desecrate the memory of someone who spent her life doing good? She had doubts about the existence of God? So did St. Theresa, the Little Flower. That is what made them great. Even in their uncertainty, they believed. I myself am human, and wonder if God exists. I'm 41, and have lived a good moral life, yet I had a bout with cancer. Then I see people living for themselves, and they seem to have almost perfect lives.