July 1, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I'm concerned about a photo my uncle posted to Facebook. It features my two female cousins, ages 6 and 2, shirtless. I know no harm was intended in posting the photo, as they are both adorable girls. However, I find it inappropriate that the 6-year-old - who is going into first grade - was shirtless in the photo. Now that it is on the internet, it could be easily seen by a pedophile. How do I express my concern to my uncle about this without coming off as if I were trying to parent for him?
May 16, 2016
DEAR ABBY: There is a guy that I kind of like at school, but he's really shy and doesn't really talk to anybody. I have talked to him a couple times, and he's really nice and has good manners. He sits with me and my group every day at lunch, and I see him around school. I say hi to him every time, but I'm not really getting any results. I would really love some guidance. - Shy Teen in California DEAR SHY TEEN: I think you are doing everything you can right now without scaring him off. On the plus side, this boy is comfortable with your group, or he wouldn't be having lunch with you. If you all socialize beyond eating together (such as going to school dances or sporting events)
March 7, 2016
Well, Super Tuesday has come and gone, and the likely presidential candidates for each party look even more likely. No matter who wins the nominations, we need to start thinking about how to evaluate the candidates' economic strategies. Right now, those policies consist of not being a lightweight and not being a socialist. But eventually, policy will be discussed, and judging the validity of the ideas is not as easy as our political "leaders" imply. What seems logical may be nothing more than faulty thinking.
December 27, 2015 |
DEAR ABBY: My daughter, a single parent, has a 27-year-old son who has assaulted her several times. He has never worked and has been in trouble with the law because of drugs. Recently, she called me to ask if she and her son could spend the night with me. (They live 160 miles away.) I told her that because of his past behavior it wasn't a good idea. She was very offended and said I would "never see her son again. " After sending me several hurtful emails, she's no longer speaking to me, despite the fact that I have always taken care of her and listened to her problems about her son. I deserve an apology - which I won't receive.
December 15, 2015 |
At 17, Ecila has a clear vision of her professional future. "I want to help children like me who are in foster care," she says. "I want to be a social worker because I feel like I understand the system more than many social workers. I've been through it. " Recently, Ecila has developed an interest in photography and enjoys visiting museums, but her favorite way of expressing herself is writing poetry. "I write about my experiences in foster care," she says, "the happy times and the difficult times.
October 13, 2015 |
Joshua delights in solving computer problems, and he excels at it. Those who know the 11-year-old say he is an IT expert. When not on the computer, Joshua can frequently be found surfing the Web on his iPad. He also enjoys swimming and taking drum lessons. Joshua does well in school, where he benefits from a small class size and individual attention. He is passionate about anything relating to science. He especially loves learning about dinosaurs and sea creatures. Last semester, he earned three school achievement awards, which mean a lot to him. He plans to work hard to receive more awards.
September 8, 2015 |
Despite his many physical challenges, Darnell is a happy 13-year-old. He enjoys being surrounded by people, and when someone says his name, he responds with a smile. Although he is unable to see the television screen, he likes listening to cartoons, and delights in singing and being sung to. When in his recreational swing, he smiles often and makes cooing sounds. Darnell receives physical, occupational, and speech therapy in his specialized school setting. He has a feeding tube and a tracheotomy tube, and will need lifelong care.
April 10, 2015 |
E DDIE MURPHY will be awarded the nation's top prize for humor this year by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Why? He's Gumby, dammit! The center announced yesterday that Murphy, 54, will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 18, so he has six months to come up with something to say (unlike his "SNL 40" appearance). The humor prize honors those who influence society through their social commentary and satire in the tradition of Mark Twain . Like "Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood"?
September 4, 2014 |
ONE YEAR into the Chip Kelly era, there is a recurring theme among the Eagles players who work the fringes of the team. The role guys, the special-teams players, the likely to be inactives. They've got their, um, stuff together. At least more together than many of their peers. They take little for granted. They appreciate their station on this roster, rather than feel slighted by it. They speak repeatedly about their self-belief, and about the background names that anchor and lift them.
May 13, 2014 |
KHALIF HERBIN'S story is remarkable. In large part because it almost never became a story at all. You only have to be around him for a few minutes to know that Temple's slightly built wide receiver/kick returner with the engaging smile was obviously raised the right way. By, as it turns out, someone who didn't have to take on such a responsibility. "I just did the best I could," said his mother, Lynda Jones. Even if she wasn't the woman who brought him into the world.