May 4, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My wife's great-aunt lives in a retirement village. She has medical issues and is lonely. Our problem is that she talks incessantly once she gets one of us on the phone. It is impossible to end the conversation. She says, "This will only take a minute. " But it goes on for an hour or more, often while we are trying to get our daughter in bed at night or hurrying to leave in the morning. She imagines that she has done things to upset her friends.
March 10, 2016 |
Everybody is a star, has a vital story to tell and preserve on video, says Jan Dickler and his longtime business partner and wife, Susan Cohen-Dickler. It might be about how you first fell in love. Came out. Survived combat. Bonded with a beloved pet. Built a business. And did it . . . your way. Now with the couple's Gladwyn-based start-up PersonalCast Studios, the Dicklers, veterans of early reality TV shows, are offering the means to share those memories in a thoroughly modern stream-cast digital fashion.
January 4, 2016
When traveling abroad, it's rather easy to unwittingly run up huge bills on your cellular phone. Consider the international options provided by your cellular carrier, as well as ways you can use a phone on your trip to minimize unpleasant surprises. Most major cellphone companies offer some type of international plan so U.S.-based phones will work overseas. Coverage is quite good in populated areas, and alliances between carriers in different countries often mean a seamless voice/data/text experience.
April 29, 2015 |
"I have just one ground rule when I visit book clubs," novelist Nomi Eve said. "My standard phrase is, 'I have a thick skin, but it's not that thick, so please be nice to me.' " It's just as well that Eve's fans take her words to heart. Over the last six months, the lifelong Elkins Park resident has visited 90 book clubs to discuss her latest novel, Henna House . "I go into so many people's living rooms, and if they beat up on me, I'll come home every night crying," said Eve, who turned 47 last month.
October 21, 2014 |
Mike, the funny one, got serious for a second and explained the whole thing like this: "There's a law in Philly neighborhoods that says friends must stay together for life. " Adhering to the letter of that particular precept, eight pals who grew up in West Oak Lane in the 1950s and '60s gathered at a home in Rydal, Montgomery County, on Sunday, repeating a frequent ritual they've followed for decades. Ostensibly, the guys were there to play half-ball and step ball, eat pretzels, and bust one another's chops with no mercy.
January 10, 2014
M ASON REINER, 36, and Dr. Randy Robinson, 41, both of Elkins Park, are co-founders and CEO and chief medical officer, respectively, of R-Health. The Center City startup, launched in October, charges a monthly membership fee that enables individuals, employers, unions and small businesses to see primary-care doctors without co-pays or deductibles administered through a health insurer. I spoke with Reiner, who is a Wharton School graduate and serial entrepreneur. Q: Where did you get the money to start the business?
June 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track one target or trace a whole network of associates, according to a top-secret document obtained by the Washington Post. The program, code-named PRISM, has not been made public until now. It may be the first of its kind. The NSA prides itself on stealing secrets and breaking codes, and it is accustomed to corporate partnerships that help it divert data traffic or sidestep barriers.
May 17, 2013 |
Eventually the most ardent tweeter, texter, and instant messenger must face, not Facebook, the truth. "People have to talk to other people," says Matthew Goldberg, the Voorhees chapter president of Toastmasters International, which has been enhancing oral communication skills for 89 years. Goldberg, 53, knows whereof he speaks. He'll be among six vying Saturday in Langhorne for a chance to become one of 88 finalists in a global Toastmasters speech-fest starting Aug. 21 in Cincinnati.
April 6, 2013 |
Allen R. Collins Jr. sits at his daughter's kitchen table, smiling over a cup of coffee. The 84-year-old Korean War veteran with a flannel shirt and a weathered face is eager to tell his story. Rewind more than 60 years in history and you'll find a young Army corporal Collins. He's fighting in a bunker along the 38th Parallel, carrying a Browning automatic rifle, a Bible, and a few intimate letters from his loved ones. Today, thousands of miles away from home, in the Zabul Province of Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Ismael Escobar, 32, relies on Facebook and Skype rather than letters to stay in touch with his wife and children.
July 3, 2012 |
Fawzi went down the Shore the other day. This was big. He'd never seen the ocean before. Not even the sea, and he'd spent his whole life 20 minutes from the Mediterranean. His hosts in this country - Jerry Roseman and Alia Banna - had planned to take him to Cape May. But Fawzi got restless in the car and the couple settled for Avalon. Before he could sink his feet in the sand, Alia's iPhone rang. The boy's mother was calling from Qabatiya, a farming village in the West Bank.