July 28, 2016 |
Question: I'm throwing a large party this weekend and know, based upon the bar I'm setting out and the guests I've invited, there will be a lot of drinking. I haven't invited my sister and her new husband because he is a recovering alcoholic. Is this the right decision to shield them from a party they may not feel comfortable at, or should I invite them and let them decide? I don't want to make them feel left out, but I also want the rest of my guests to have a great time. Answer: I'm more worried about your friends who can be counted on to get wasted than I am about your brother-in-law.
July 13, 2016 |
WHEN SHIMMERY pop goddess Gwen Stefani rolls through Camden on July 19, the No Doubt songstress-gone-solo could wallow in the distress of a famously splintered marriage or blossom with the cheery promise of fresh new romance - both highly personal, gossip-worthy subjects that she's touched upon on her most recent album, 2016's chirpy This Is What the Truth Feels Like . Or she could do the girl power thing with Eve - the Philly rapper/actress who...
May 19, 2016 |
THE PARENTS: Laura Jennings, 31, and Jen Jennings, 35, of Phoenixville THE CHILD: Joss Lynne Jennings, born March 16, 2016 HOW THEY CHOSE THE BABY'S NAME: They wanted a gender-neutral name that would work for a boy or a girl; plus, they liked that the child could be called "JJ. " It doesn't look like a mixed marriage. But for Jen, raised Catholic in Bucks County, and Laura, who grew up in central Pennsylvania as the only child of evangelical parents, differences surfaced from the start: Laura chattered when she was nervous; Jen grew quiet.
August 10, 2015 |
If you read me, you know that I get jazzed about certain products. And then I spread the word, herein. I'd like to do that right now, with a short preface before I get to the point. This, instead of my usual endless preface before I get to the point. Getting to the point isn't all it's cracked up to be. So here we go. First, my favorite product in the world is my books. If you enjoy these Sunday stories, they're all collected in books I write with Daughter Francesca, and you should buy some and read them right away.
April 16, 2015 |
Last winter, it seemed that no one cared much about Gizmo, a 10-year-old cat who was found, emaciated and freezing, by Philadelphia's Animal Care and Control Team. But, last week - after nearly a year of attention, care, and treatment with hyperthyroid medication by a Wayne cat rescue called the Grannie Project - it was a different story. Thousands of people voted for Gizmo in Tournament of Tails, a March Madness-style competition for shelter animals, with a $5,000 prize at stake.
May 4, 2014 |
Everyone's done it. Yes, what you're thinking, too. But every regular theatergoer has seen (or will see) I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change . Lyricist Joe DiPietro and musician Jimmy Roberts' 1996 battle-of-the-sexes musical comedy ran Off-Broadway for more than a decade and has been staged across the country. Few companies I've seen have staged it with the same charm and comic aplomb as the production now running at the Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio on 3. DiPietro's book pokes evenhanded, light fun at the courtship habits of two couples: Man 1 (Christopher Sutton)
December 13, 2013 |
In Cairo, new love for the military. Trudy Rubin, A23.
December 13, 2013 |
CAIRO - Nearly three years ago, in the heyday of the Arab Spring, Tahrir Square was adorned with banners of youths killed by security forces. Hawkers sold T-shirts imprinted with their faces. Those banners are long gone, and this year vendors are selling T-shirts emblazoned with the face of Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the army leader who oversaw the July ouster of Egypt's first elected president, the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi. Sisi's mien is on posters and fancy chocolates, and - in a Photoshopped pic on the Internet - has even been strategically imprinted on a pair of men's briefs.
July 18, 2013 |
Question: I just finished high school and am going off to college this fall, and my father just retired from a long career in the Marines. I recently got a boyfriend, and we have become very serious (marriage has come up). He and his mother had a falling-out, and his father was abusive and is out of the picture. He has been staying with his sister, but they are now not getting along. I am working on it but not getting very far. My parents also don't completely approve of him. He always has me pick him up at a general location, and my parents find it "extremely bothersome" that he doesn't have us pick him up at his house.
May 10, 2013 |
The series so far: New Leash on Life has been working with 12 inmates since late October, teaching them to train six dogs, rescued from shelters. The men have almost completed their life-skills courses, preparing for employment after their release. Nearly all the inmates and their dogs have developed strong emotional bonds, but some of the men have failed to change their way of thinking. On Christmas Eve, Ike and Mike got into a serious fight. After weeks of preparation, the dogs are about to take the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test.