May 20, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: I recently confided in a good friend some personal news and told her not to tell anyone. I didn't think trusting her was a problem, as she has confided in me numerous times in the past, and I have kept her personal stories to myself. Within a few days, she had told two other friends. Although she apologized profusely, I was still angry. I told her I should never have confided to anyone in the first place. She responded by saying I was right and shouldn't have confided in anyone, as even well-meaning folks like her can say things they don't mean to. I feel like she's trying to justify her behavior.
May 9, 2016 |
Question: My parents had a lot of strengths, but one of their weaknesses was a tendency to be very critical, with high standards in every area (grades, accomplishments, extracurriculars, etc.). This led to a very distant relationship after I left home for college and continuing well into my late 20s. All the high achievement did make for smooth professional sailing, but it also meant recurring problems with anxiety, depression, and perfectionism, requiring a lot of counseling to sort through and arrive at a realistic view of myself.
January 2, 2016 |
Lucien Roland Roy, 91, a mathematics professor at Villanova University for 40 years, died Monday, Dec. 28, of natural causes at a nursing home in Needham, Mass. Mr. Roy was known for his enthusiasm and high standards in the classroom, although colleagues said he was not to every student's taste. "He had a French Canadian accent, and he'd get quite wrapped up in a given theorem or something. Students would be standing there, and he's ranting and raving about how important this thing is," said David Strows, director of graduate programs.
June 17, 2015 |
* TYRANT. 10 tonight, FX. * PROOF. 10 tonight, TNT. WHAT IF Sonny, not Michael, had been the more interesting Corleone brother? We'll never know how that version of "The Godfather" might have turned out, but FX's "Tyrant" seems ready to explore the idea. The Mideast drama returns for a second season tonight with its Michael equivalent, Barry Al Fayeed (Adam Rayner), imprisoned and awaiting execution for trying to overthrow his older brother Jamal (Ashraf Barhom) in hopes of setting fictional Abbudin on a path to democracy.
June 1, 2015
You'd think Ashton Cigar Bar would be, naturally, mostly about smoke, and, yes, there are 200 cigar labels waiting behind a glass-walled humidor at this sleek oasis of luxury tobacco, totally revamped from the old Mahogany and renamed by its new owners in late 2013. A half-million-dollar purification system, however, has cleared the air for Ashton's other great treasure: whiskey. With more than 350 bottles of Scotch, it's a malthead's paradise. For example, you'll discover rarities such as one of the few Islay malts that isn't about smoke: Bruichladdich 2007 Islay Barley Rockside Farm.
April 27, 2015 |
Allison MacMath had no medical training. But on a cold morning in February, when a man beside her at the dog park suddenly collapsed to the snow, she remembered a simple tip: When giving CPR, skip mouth-to-mouth, and pump to the beat of an aptly named Bee Gees song. As she leaned against his chest, she said, she sang in her head, but out loud at the hook, "Stayin' alive. Stayin' alive," willing him to hear her. The man's wife comforted him with her own words. "Mostly, 'I love you, Frank, I love you,' " MacMath remembered Saturday, turning to Frank Norris, the man whose life she helped save.
April 10, 2015
WOULD YOU enjoy drinking beer as much if it didn't give you a buzz? Those bitter hops, that toasty malt - do we really need the alcohol to enjoy the flavor of a glass of ale? It turns out, yes, we do. In his new, utterly fascinating book, Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat (Scribner), Pulitzer Prize-winning author John McQuaid writes that ethanol - itself essentially flavorless - changes and improves the very chemistry of flavor. First, the process of fermentation produces a host of byproducts that, although not themselves alcoholic, have flavors that are both "complex and provocative.
February 24, 2015 |
Marcelle describes himself as an excellent builder, and for proof, he can point to his Lego structures, which he spends many hours happily creating. Like most 12-year-olds, he also likes video games and remote-control cars, and although a bit shy at first, he'll talk avidly on both subjects. He also enjoys reading the Hardy Boys books. Marcelle is enrolled in the seventh grade, and receives special-education services. He does best in small classes with individual attention and positive reinforcement from his teachers.
February 15, 2015 |
Lou Franzini is a patient but persistent man. For most of the last year, the 64-year-old retired banker from Exton has been trying to get the Affordable Care Act website to correct his online account to show that he had coverage in 2014. Yet no matter with whom he speaks or what proof he shows, the error remains. Franzini's proof of insurance is pretty solid: a paid hospital bill to the tune of roughly $500,000. That's what he estimates Independence Blue Cross doled out for his cancer care last year, less, of course, his monthly premium and $6,350 maximum out-of-pocket cost.
October 22, 2014 |
One of the nation's first quarantine stations had been transformed into a playground for the wealthy, and the dead buried on the property were no longer welcome. Nobody wanted to play baseball on top of the departed. So, in 1900, the bodies were dug up and moved out. Until last year, the final resting place of the immigrants who sailed to the United States in the 1800s but died at the Lazaretto in Tinicum Township, Delaware County, was the subject of informed speculation. No one was certain until Megan Harris' work.