March 31, 2016
DEAR ABBY: My oldest son came to me nine months ago asking my opinion. He wanted to donate sperm to a black lesbian couple (for a fee) so they could have a biracial child. He told me he needed the money. I told him I didn't approve because they were lesbians. (Sorry, I'll be bashed for that statement, but I have to be honest.) I have a biracial 10-year-old son, so race isn't the issue. Had it been a heterosexual couple of any race, I would have been OK. However, what I told him was that if he gave up his rights to the child, I, too, wouldn't have grandparents' rights.
May 27, 2015 |
"T OMORROWLAND" had Memorial Day weekend to itself (except for the nice weather), and still pulled in only a modest $41.7 million in its first four days in theaters, according to Rentrak estimates yesterday. It's a disappointing debut for a film that cost a reported $180 million. Disney put its full weight behind the Brad Bird -directed film with an ambitious George Clooney -led promotional campaign. The problem: The "Tomorrowland" audience has no idea who Clooney is. But Disney's takeaway from the lower-than-expected opening is scarier, claiming that this is the gamble that studios must take when trying to introduce an original film to the marketplace.
March 17, 2015 |
After Lafayette beat American University last Wednesday to emerge as champion of the Patriot League, coach Fran O'Hanlon got a text message from Villanova coach Jay Wright. College basketball is a small world, and the tentacles of the game that emanate from Philadelphia sometimes seem to encircle it all. O'Hanlon, who played at Villanova and graduated in 1970, is in his 20th season at Lafayette, coaching in the same conference as Bucknell, where Wright went to school. It certainly is a small world and both O'Hanlon and Wright knew last week that it might get a whole lot smaller for the two of them very quickly.
April 28, 2013 |
If you can't stop the world, can you at least slow it down? Because lately it's wobbling way out of orbit. This week, Gwyneth Paltrow was anointed "The World's Most Beautiful Woman" by the ultimate arbiter of pulchritude, People magazine. What am I missing here? Not just beautiful, the most beautiful. In the world. I haven't been this shocked since Leonard Cohen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Paltrow's appearance might best be described as "fairly pleasant.
April 25, 2013
ARIES (March 21-April 19) If you request things repeatedly, you'll sound like a nag, and you'll be tuned out. So instead, you'll take matters into your own hands. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) The task you've been dreading won't be so bad. Today's high energy level will make it much easier. GEMINI (May 21-June 21) You're a social person, but crowds can still cause you stress, especially when you have to keep track of someone or stick with a group. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Does acting "as if" something is true really make it so?
October 4, 2012 |
The New Jersey Democrat was playing the role of a Pennsylvania Republican, Rick Santorum, when he went for the jugular in a mock debate with Democrat Bob Casey in 2006. "You know, let me tell you something, Bob," Rep. Rob Andrews (D., N.J.) remembers saying. "The only thing I'm grateful for you after I hear you misrepresent your record is that your father is not here to hear it. " The issue was abortion. Andrews knew that both Casey and then-Sen. Santorum opposed abortion, and that the subject was sure to surface in the coming televised debate.
July 12, 2012
Grace Hall is the big favorite in the Grade II Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park on Saturday. The mile-and-a-sixteenth, $400,000 filly classic has attracted a field of seven. In her most recent race, the locally based daughter of Empire Maker, who broke her maiden at Delaware Park in her career debut July 11, 2011, finished third in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 4. The winner of the Kentucky Oaks, Believe You Can, and the second-place finisher, Broadway's Alibi, also broke their maidens at Delaware Park in 2011.
June 11, 2012 |
A few months ago, my cousin Nanci's friends threw her an early 50th birthday bash. Just 160 of her closest buds. In the photos, she is beaming. She's lost some weight. Her hair is cropped short. Her makeup is perfect. You hardly notice the wheelchair. The music, the food, the decorations, everything was just the way she had wanted it, because Nanci really knew how to whoop it up. In her 20s, she threw a toga party in her backyard and asked her father, Herb, to judge the costumes.
October 7, 2011 |
Artist Daniel Anthonisen lives in a rustic carriage house in Point Pleasant, Bucks County, that basically consists of one room and a loft. For Anthonisen, 41, it's a perfect fit. His tiny carriage house sits next to a historic home that dates to 1794 on the expansive property of architect Alan Ritchie and his wife, Rosa, an interior designer. Ritchie is a partner in the New York architectural firm of Johnson-Ritchie, which has designed buildings including Trump International, the Chrysler Center, and locally, the Business Center at Drexel University.
January 5, 2010 |
The view from behind the sizzling grill at Pat's King of Steaks isn't much to speak of. But it does provide a good sight line of the mural above the empty lot across South Ninth Street - the one with the likenesses of Fabian, Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon, and other native pop stars. Josh Colon has spent nearly a decade working at the South Philadelphia cheesesteak mecca, developing mad spatula skills while asking customers, "You want that wid? Or widout?" Now he's ready to try life on the other side of the Plexiglas, to maybe etch his own face on the musical Wall of Fame.