November 11, 2013 |
This problem requires the assistance of the "Your Place" community. Please send in your ideas. Question: For at least eight months, there has been a subtle, rhythmic hum that is constantly audible throughout my house that everyone hears. The noise is always the same, with no change in the pitch or pattern. We turned off the main breaker to the house to determine if it might be coming from one of our home systems, and it was still audible. We can also hear it when standing outside of my house.
October 7, 2013 |
Serena Franks' bag was brimming with books, but her children clamored for more. "Mommy's book bag is full, so no more shopping," Franks, 37, said Saturday at the Collingswood Book Festival, keeping an eye on twin daughters Nyla and Analia, 7, and son Elijah, 6. "They love to read. " And even loaded down with purchases, Analia fretted: "I really wish I got that Dork Diary book!" The Franks children are pros at this point - Saturday was their fourth time at the festival, now in its 11th year.
September 13, 2013 |
OAKLAND, Calif. - It all started in 2005, with crawfish. Illinois-born Sheree Williams, who had come to Oakland, Calif., in 1998 with her Dodge Shadow on the trailer pulled behind her, met Richard Pannell at the old Crawfish Festival, in the Delta town of Isleton. A few years later, Pannell, an African-American chef from Los Angeles and a budding culinary celebrity, asked Williams to help him restart a magazine devoted to black chefs that he'd published a few years earlier in Watts.
August 24, 2013 |
At long last, there is an answer to why a reader's newly installed "smart meter" reported normal usage for one or two days, then surged for the next day or two - following no particular pattern. Oddly enough, the answer came to me the week after I first published the reader's inquiry, but until the investigation was completed, I didn't know that it was correct. "We have since found out that we had a leak in our well," the reader writes. "Who would have thought that the well pump running 24 hours a day could almost double our electric usage?"
August 22, 2013
CHRISTINE Flowers' Friday column about the stop-and-frisk ruling is misleading and ill serves your readers. Flowers suggests that the federal judge's ruling was based merely on an examination of 19 stop-and-frisk encounters over a decade, about half of which were eventually deemed illegal. "The policy was only proven to have violated someone's constitutional rights in about .01 zillionth of an instance," she writes. Flowers fails to mention that the judge also relied on a statistical analysis of the 4.4 million stop-and-frisk encounters that occurred in New York during the decade.
August 1, 2013 |
Jonathan Dasani has added a chapter to his summer of dog-walking, babysitting, rock climbing, cycling, and tutoring. He's become a bookstore on wheels. Two days a week, he crisscrosses North Philadelphia, hauling a satchel packed with fiction and nonfiction that he distributes to children who tend to come from bookless homes. At $10 an hour, the Temple University physics-education major works for a novel program called Words on Wheels, started this year by a local organization called Tree House Books.
July 28, 2013
It's summer, and I'm taking a little vacation. I want to reach out before I leave, though, to let you know how much I appreciate your e-mails, and to pass along some thoughts. For more than a year, you have been writing to TravelTalk@phillynews.com to comment on stories, ask questions, and share your adventures. I welcome your interaction, and I have tried to respond to each of you. Earlier this month, when I wrote about my experience on an African safari, compared with the new Safari Adventure at Great Adventure, I asked readers for accounts of their own expeditions.
July 27, 2013 |
I had a question awhile back from a reader who had a smart meter installed and checks online for usage. The reader reported that usage was normal for one or two days, then surged for the next day or two. There is no pattern to the surges. She said it was almost like a timer was turning on. I published some of your responses almost a month ago, but as "Your Place" gets published in newspapers throughout the country, more have come in since. So here goes: Lee Edelberg in Leverett, Mass., says I was correct to ask about their heating and hot water, and adds a couple of thoughts.
July 26, 2013
DEAR ABBY: I must take issue with your answer to "Needs the Right Words. " He asked about his son and his son's half-brother visiting his beach house. (He didn't want the half-brother included.) Once you become a father, it is not all about "you" anymore. The 12-year-old boy is now, and forever will be, his son's half-brother. Unless this man wants to distance himself from his son and cause permanent damage to their relationship, he needs to get some therapy so he will be able to think of that boy in a different way and can deal with him in the future.
July 17, 2013
I'M WHITE. Trayvon Martin was black. George Zimmerman, a ringer for many of my immigration clients, is Latino. These should all be irrelevant factors. But of course, they're not. We kid ourselves if we truly believe that America is a melting pot that creates a benign and savory stew that nourishes the pilgrim soul in each of us. America's story has been written by different hands with different perspectives and different desires. Sometimes, on July 4 for example, we can pretend that this great land of ours is unified and impervious to fracture.