December 27, 2015 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I've realized that every time I talk to a particular friend, I come away exhausted from our interactions. She thinks she's a failure, she thinks all effort toward any achievement is a waste because she's doomed to fail, other people do better than her at some things, so why bother, etc. I've tried to incorporate advice you've given before, like asking her what steps she wants to take, or recommending a counselor. But as soon as I ask, she no longer has an interest in continuing the conversation, and says, "Oh, I think once I find time to do X, it'll be better, so I don't need to stop saying mean things about myself now. " But then she never does X. And I just . . . I'm at a loss.
September 1, 2011
GEORGES Perrier looks like he needs a hug. We're sitting at a table in Le Bec-Fin's grand dining room, gilded as ever, underneath those familiar, ornate chandeliers. We're drinking lukewarm mineral water as Perrier smokes what he calls a "cheap" cigar and fidgets with two pill bottles of prescription medicine. Outside, it's a gloomy, rainy afternoon in advance of Hurricane Irene. Inside, things aren't much sunnier. "I'm 67 years old," Perrier says. "Next year I might be dead. I am not the future.
July 22, 2011
DEAR ABBY: My best friend, "Zoe," is unable to have children. She tried in vitro four times without success. The doctors told her there's nothing else they can do. Her uterus is not able to carry a child to term. Zoe and her husband have decided to adopt. However, it is very expensive and all of their savings went toward the IVF treatments. Zoe's mom wants to have a benefit to raise money for them. I am against the idea because, in my opinion, benefits are given for something you don't choose (like cancer or a house fire)
June 13, 2011
ICOULDN'T go another day without thanking Brian King for his June 2 letter. I too was very disappointed with Marc Lamont Hill's column. In fact, all his columns are nothing but self-serving and "nobody knows the troubles I've seen" kind. Mr. King's letter only touched the surface of what the Irish went through. But the Irish didn't hold all-day pity parties when they were being treated unfairly. They kept on keeping on. When JFK (an Irish Catholic) became president, the Irish didn't expect all kinds of favors.
February 15, 2011 |
The following is an excerpt from Monday's weekly Ask Gonzo chat on Philly.com with columnist John Gonzalez. Comment From Chris: Lot of talk today about how the Phillies' pen could be "special. " You buying or selling this? Gonzo: Forget special. If the pen is average, we should all be happy. Comment From Chris: Is Doug Collins as genuine and sincere to media members on a personal basis as he is in his news conferences? Gonzo: That matters to me a lot less than the fact that he's been able to turn the team around.
August 13, 2010
ED STEFANSKI said the pity party didn't last very long. After all, this is all a part of it, of professional sports at the highest level. As they said in "The Godfather: Part II," this is the business they have chosen. The jury returned the verdict yesterday. For the crime of hiring Eddie Jordan as coach, the Sixers relieved Stefanski of the club presidency, replacing him with Rod Thorn, his old boss with the New Jersey Nets. Stefanski stays on as general manager and gets to concentrate on scouting and player evaluation and just basketball, which is why he left the mortgage business in the first place, back when.
March 26, 2010 |
'Right now, I'm really trying to do nothing for a while," explains the title character of Noah Baumbach's painfully funny - and sometimes just painful - Greenberg . At 40, with a failed music career and an intimate knowledge of antidepressants, Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller, in a quietly complicated performance) has fled hometown New York to recover from a breakdown in the comfort of his brother's Los Angeles abode. The brother and his wife and kids are off to Vietnam on vacation, and Greenberg can stay with the German shepherd and the pool.
December 13, 2007 |
Keyshawn Johnson touched a nerve with Terrell Owens with his comments on ESPN's Sunday Countdown. Johnson, a former No. 1 overall draft choice whose tenure with Dallas ended when the Cowboys signed Owens, said former coach Bill Parcells - Johnson's ESPN co-host - deserves much of the credit for building the team that has reeled off a 12-1 record, and Owens would have to accept that. Owens not only disagreed with that statement, he also took a few shots at Johnson, in part for earlier comments Owens perceived as negative.
March 18, 2005 |
Terry Wolfmeyer is throwing a pity party. And though this suburban Detroit homemaker is seething because her husband presumably has abandoned her and their four daughters for his secretary, her vodka-marinated bender makes for a film as riveting as it is implausible. The Upside of Anger stars Joan Allen as Terry, a rabid whippet of a woman whose iceberg eyes would kill if her words hadn't already done the job. Hers is a rip-roaring, out-of-my-way-boys, my-pain-is-greater-than-yours turn the likes of which has not been seen since Bette Davis and Liz Taylor strafed costars during the 1950s.
March 4, 2002
THE PERSONAL life of Sharon Reed, the Channel 10 anchor, makes Page 3 of the Daily News. Her relationships with the men she chooses to date are of no interest to me. I think it's pretty low when news reporters, radio personalities and journalists start attacking each other and dragging names in the mud. I would have rather seen Page 3 (or even Page 1) filled with news about the symposium on black concerns that was held at Sharon Baptist Church on Saturday. As a matter of fact, I didn't see any article in your paper about it. Carolyn Hernandez, Philadelphia I watched the Channel 10 news for the past week, and you can see a difference in Steve Levy.