July 15, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of July 12, 2016: Craig LaBan: Lots to talk about as we prep for the big DNC convention and its tens of thousands of visitors. You'll be hearing more from me fairly soon on where to send out-of-towners. But I'm curious to know where would you be sending your out-of-town friends if you wanted to impress them with Philly's food scene? Reader: I've been dreaming about a cheesesteak at the SpOt ever since seeing your review.
July 12, 2016
This week we asked readers to dig into their basements, attics, and photo albums to contribute to our Stoops Scrapbook. We received dozens of submissions from the 1940s to the present day, showing families, friends, and neighbors spending high-quality time on their steps. Here are a few choice photos and memories: 1950s. "Have many very old, and some recent pictures sitting on the steps. When growing up in Kensington in the 1960s and later, everyone sat on the steps. No one had central air!
July 11, 2016 |
Not wishing to leave a gap in coverage and wanting to make sure you read our Real Estate offerings every Sunday, I'm continuing last week's discussion of on-demand hot water with the assistance of my readers. Mary Jean Cunningham of Philadelphia says: "We have an oil-fired hot-water heating system with what is called a 'summer-winter hookup' - the oil burner also heats our water, and we have no separate water heater or water tank. "We've had this system with two different oil burners for 30 years and no complaints, no problems at all, and unlimited hot water any time.
July 8, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of July 5, 2016: Craig LaBan: As you know, I was down the Shore working hard to make sure your summer eats list is in primo beach shape. (See article here. ) Reader: The Red Store in West Cape May is outstanding. What a meal. Has to be one of the best BYO's down the shore. Craig LaBan: No doubt, The Red Store is one of the best restaurants at the Shore. By the way, RS owners Lucas Manteca and Deanna Ebner also own Quahog's, my favorite from this year's roundup of good seafood places.
July 4, 2016 |
You folks are amazing! Reader Jeanne Vasquez asked a few weeks ago about tankless water heaters. I asked you to tell us your experiences. I can run only a few of the 78 responses I received within the first 24 hours. Here are some: "We went tankless in our house a few years ago, when we had to replace our old water heater. "I think we would do it again. We've not had any problems with it, but there are a couple caveats. "Due to the location move (tankless is mounted near gas line/exhaust and wall)
June 19, 2016
Becoming Wise An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living By Krista Tippett Penguin. 288 pp. $28. Reviewed by Gail Rosenblum Most of us can only dream of the dinner parties Krista Tippett could put together. We're lucky, then, that her new book is the next best thing to an invitation to sit down, make ourselves at home, and prepare for a mind-expanding exploration of what it means to be human. With Becoming Wise: An Inquiry Into the Mystery and Art of Living , Tippett expands on interviews that became fascinating fodder for On Being , her award-winning NPR program and podcast.
June 17, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of June 14, 2016: Craig LaBan: Here's one notable update from the Department of Disappointments: Isn't it especially sad when a longtime reliable favorite begins to slip and then keeps going? Such appears to be the case with Tiffin, the once stalwart Indian take-out specialist. . . . Tiffin hit a new low when we decided to give it one more try via take-out last night. . . . Food was not very hot, and it had even less flavor.
June 7, 2016 |
Friendly and outgoing personality are words often used to describe Jabril. The 14-year-old has a great sense of humor and delights in making you laugh. His brilliant smile draws people to him. Smart, curious, and resilient, Jabril is an avid reader and thinker. This teenager has many talents. He is very good with numbers and details. In addition, he is artistic and loves to draw. He enjoys watching Naruto video games and then drawing the various characters. Other favorite activities include playing chess and collecting and trading Yu-Gi-Oh cards.
June 6, 2016 |
Bill Lyon has done it again, striking a chord with readers. Soon after the legendary retired Inquirer sports columnist disclosed he is battling Alzheimer's disease in a piece posted on Philly.com Saturday, and slated for publication in the Sunday Inquirer, a torrent of support from readers followed. Lyon's column, " My Alzheimer's fight: Never, ever quit ," has been shared on Twitter and Facebook, and emailed from friend to family. Online, commenters wrote in to celebrate the sportswriter, to cheer on his fight, and to thank him for sharing his experience.
May 30, 2016
Last month, I asked readers about airplane etiquette and what rules are needed. "My worst experience on an airplane? That has to be the woman in business class who drank so much that she physically and verbally attacked the gentleman sitting next to her," wrote Christine in Pennsylvania. "Her curses could be heard all the way back in economy class. " My friend Katherine found a soiled diaper in the seat pocket. Really? Someone thought it was OK to leave it there? One person was on a plane where a teen choir sang for half the flight from Dallas to Philadelphia.