August 14, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I'm writing in response to "Not Talking About the Future," whose wife has breast cancer, was told she has only a few years to live and feels sad when her kids talk about their futures. My dad was diagnosed with stage four multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer, in 2006. He was told that even the most aggressive treatment would buy him only two or three more years. Well, he's now working on year nine. While I must admit that it's been hard at times for me to stay positive about his prognosis, I try not to let it show.
July 31, 2015 |
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of July 28, 2015: Craig LaBan: I'm not the only one who's been busy praising Philly's culinary bounty. My counterpart at the Washington Post, Tom Sietsema, has been circling the country in search of America's best food city. His piece on Philly landed online Tuesday, and it's a beautifully designed, comprehensive, and vivid guide to what makes this town special. Impressive for a one-week visit. Tom's already been to Charleston, S.C.; San Francisco; Portland, Ore.; and Chicago.
July 30, 2015 |
BILL COSBY might be able to read women, as he testified in 2006, but Andrea Constand's attorneys say he couldn't read her. In court filings yesterday in Constand's case against the comedian in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, attorneys Dolores Troiani and Bebe Kivitz revealed that Constand is a lesbian. "Despite [Cosby's] talent for interpreting female reactions to him, he did not realize [Constand] was gay until police told him," the lawyers wrote in a memorandum. Constand, formerly the director of operations for Temple University's women's basketball team, accused Cosby of molesting her at his Cheltenham mansion in January 2004.
July 24, 2015 |
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of July 21, 2015: Reader: Have you had a chance to eat at Rex 1516 since Justin Swain has been cooking there? There's a great rotating burger for $15, and a really good old fashioned. That stretch of South Street has come a long way. (RIP Ron's Ribs.) Craig LaBan: Yes! I've definitely been back. Wrote about Swain's burger talents in January. Rex should definitely be on any burger-lover's tour of Philly. And South Street West has come a long way . . . but it's still got plenty of room to grow until it's producing the kind of sophisticated restaurants East Passyunk is. I'm excited to see the new taqueria from the Hawthornes folks.
July 17, 2015
Here is an excerpt of Craig LaBan's online chat of July 14, 2015: Reader: Did the closing of Matyson (and its replacement with a grilled cheese shop) signal that maybe we've started to hit the saturation point where new openings of restaurants start to threaten the business for old standbys? Craig LaBan: On Matyson: I have not spoken with Matyson owner Butch Puchowitz, so I don't have the whole story on why he closed. But . . . while Matyson maintained a very high level of service and food until the end, it became clear to me that it had run its course without chef Ben Puchowitz (Butch's son)
July 13, 2015 |
In the biggest storm of anticipation in years, hearts are racing and breaths held throughout the literary world. As Monday turns over into Tuesday, publisher HarperCollins will release Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. She is the author, now 89, of the 1961 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird , perhaps the most successful U.S. novel ever (40 million-plus sold). She has written no other novels since. She wrote Watchman first, but it postdates the events in Mockingbird (1950s as opposed to Mockingbird 's late 1930s)
July 10, 2015 |
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: I got a chance to catch up with Joe Beddia, the busy man at Pizza Beddia, which Bon Appétit named the best pizza in America. Much has changed for the tiny pizza shop in Fishtown. But much has not. The waits are even more insane. And it's not like Beddia is known as a speedy pie-tosser. Better get used to it, for now. Such an honor for an iconoclast like Beddia, even well-deserved, sounds like the definition of a mixed blessing: "It's always good to see good work appreciated, but it's been a little overwhelming.
July 9, 2015
AS A PARENT, I'm constantly talking to my children about what's fair, especially when it comes to what my husband and I spend on them. My oldest, a junior in college, occasionally gives me the "stink eye" when her sister or brother gets things that she didn't have at the same age. Sometimes she's right in pointing out the unfairness and we apologize. My husband and I try to keep things as equal as possible, but parental fatigue can get the best of us. In a recent column, I addressed the issue of financial favoritism by parents.
July 3, 2015
WHENEVER I'M ABLE, I like to answer reader questions about their individual situations. Here's a transcript of a recent online discussion in which Jonnelle Marte, who writes the Washington Post 's "Get There" personal-finance blog, and I answered people's questions. Q: My teenager was involved in a minor auto accident that unfortunately damaged his car to the tune of $1,000. I feel that he should contribute to the repairs - and he agrees - but not sure how much. He has a part-time job and makes a few hundred dollars a month.
July 2, 2015 |
James A. Nolan, 59, of New Hope, who worked in the family title insurance company his entire adult life, died Sunday, June 21, of liver cancer. The lifelong Bucks County resident, a 1974 graduate of Neshaminy High School, began working at Tohickon Abstract Co. in Holicong soon after graduating from Dartmouth College in 1978. At the time of his death, he was president and co-owner. His brother Patrick called him a "super-hard worker in the family business. " His wife, however, said his family came first.