June 27, 2013
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of June 25, 2013: Craig LaBan: Good afternoon! I've been down the Shore the last two weeks checking out what's new (not as much as usual this year) and circling back to old favorites to see what's left post-Sandy (more than expected). I'll have plenty to tell you on that subject the next two weekends, beginning Sunday. One tasty tidbit from my Shore visit: these vivid purple macarons filled with creamy chocolate ganache from the Painted Pie in Stone Harbor . . . the perfect midday sweet.
June 21, 2013
DEAR ABBY: The letter you printed from "Gun-Shy in South Carolina," about the antics of her gun-toting alcoholic father-in-law, caught my attention. I'm a former mental-health clinician. "Grandpa" has probably already violated a municipal ordinance regarding discharging a firearm in corporate limits. A psychiatrist friend advised that, according to the local interpretation of mental-health statutes, Grandpa might be eligible for involuntary commitment and evaluation in a psychiatric facility.
June 19, 2013
CHRISTINE Flowers' column on sexual assaults in the military was puzzling. She seemed more concerned about not disturbing the military's "chain of command," and allowing them to continue to police themselves, than reducing vicious sexual assaults that have injured and traumatized tens of thousands of soldiers. Allowing good-old-boy organizations to police themselves doesn't work. It didn't work with the Catholic Church, and it hasn't worked with the military. The officer appointed to investigate sexual assaults in the military was himself recently charged with sexual assault - that would seem like a joke if it wasn't so serious.
June 17, 2013
Regular coverage of the 2012-13 academic year in high school sports ended Sunday. Coverage of 2013-14 will begin in August. In the meantime, look for occasional high school sports news or stories in The Inquirer and on www . inquirer.com/sports/high_school .
June 6, 2013
D EAR ABBY: It is easy to watch or read the news and think people are awful and this world is going nowhere fast. At New Year's I made a resolution to try and do something about it. I decided I'd do 30 random acts of service for strangers. I know it may seem small and insignificant, but at least I can say I'm trying to make this a better place to live. Ideally, one or two people will notice and pay it forward. It's spring, and I'm already falling behind, and I'm struggling to come up with some good ideas.
May 30, 2013
This is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat from May 28, 2013: Craig LaBan: It's been a good week for me, as you can see from this Crumb Tracker Quiz. Name the place I ate these dishes: (1) chu toro nigiri with tofu, ginger and chive; (2) crispy haloumi with poached figs; (3) lamb burger and fries with curry ketchup. I've got asparagus on the brain because we popped by amazing Terhune Orchards while in Princeton last weekend and found a "pick your own asparagus patch.
May 24, 2013
D EAR ABBY: I was surprised to see you equate a concerned grandmother's creative solution to smoking with bribery in a previous column. The word "bribe" has a negative connotation. What the grandmother did was offer an incentive, not a bribe, that will benefit her grandchildren in the long run. I think the woman should be congratulated. Now for a disclaimer: When my daughter was 14, I came up with the same idea in the form of a wager. I bet her that if she could resist peer pressure and not become a smoker by the time she was 21, I would buy her the dress of her dreams.
May 23, 2013
This is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of May 21, 2013: Craig LaBan: I was tied up last week with the aftermath of The Inquirer's Fourth Annual Brew-vitational Competition for local beers - tasting 49 beers from 26 breweries with eight judges - you'll learn our winners next week in the May 30 Food section. Here's a photo before the competition of a bucket of local pilsners - a new category this year - chilling before they hit the judges' table. In terms of chat topics, this is likely at the top: the Le Bec Fin era really is finally about to end. This Philly institution has had more comeback sequels than Rocky.
May 10, 2013
COLUMNIST Will Bunch is constantly trying to tie (usually violent) historical events to the modern-day political debate. That is fine, but Bunch always uses these events, such as the tragedy at Kent State, to attack those with whom he disagrees politically. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell wrote a memorandum that convinced corporate America that the free-enterprise system was being negatively portrayed on America's college campuses. That is all Kent State and the Powell memo have in common; they both involve higher education, to a degree.