July 20, 2014 |
Food can be one of those unexpected flash points of late life. Grandma may say she's never hungry or that the only things that taste good are salty foods such as French fries. Grandpa may lose control over his sweet tooth, living on Tastykakes and ice cream. The rest of the family worries that poor nutrition will make their elders' already tenuous health even worse and hasten death. So, in frustration and fear, they chide or tempt loved ones to change their habits. Often, they learn what stubborn means.
April 20, 2014 |
Sometimes, it takes one angry accountant to get things done. Doctors have been aware of anosmia - the inability to smell - "as far as I know, forever," says Gary Beauchamp, director of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in West Philadelphia. But they've never been able to do much about it. Monell scientists are working to change that. In February, they began a campaign to find a treatment for anosmia. And the campaign was spurred, in large part, by a letter Beauchamp received from one fed-up, anosmic accountant about a year ago. "He had lost his sense of smell.
April 5, 2014 |
For eight hours a day, Angel Perez sits in front of a screen as a troubleshooting computer technician. His free hours are spent juggling friends and family, leaving him little time to relax. "I'm doing 25 things at work and 125 things in my personal life," said Perez, 38, of North Philadelphia. "There are all the stresses we all have. " But every April, Perez finds peace under the blooming cherry trees in Fairmount Park during the annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival. Perez, who began volunteering at the event about five years ago, said he can feel the tensions of work and everyday living melt away when he joins others in celebrating these signs of new life.
March 7, 2014 |
"I can teach all of freshman chemistry in 45 minutes without leaving anything out - it's one of my great achievements," says Clark Smith. Anyone who knows Smith knows he isn't bragging - not exactly. A noted winemaker, scientist, inventor, consultant, college professor, and author of the recent book Postmodern Winemaking (University of California Press), Smith, 62, is one of the most dynamic, erudite, and outspoken people I've ever met in the wine industry, not to mention a know-it-all.
February 14, 2014 |
FOR ANY FAN in any town who believes his basketball team should lose on purpose, take note: This is what tanking smells like. It is the putrid humiliation of trailing by 56 points to a Clippers team that is talented, yes, but had lost three of its previous five games and was knocked out of the playoffs in the first round last season. Clippers dunkmeister Blake Griffin was laughing on the bench 3 minutes into the second quarter . . . his team ahead by 37 points. It is the rank feeling of being dominated to the point that you trail by 49 to a Warriors team that is talented, yes, but had lost two of its last three and lost in the second round of the playoffs.
November 30, 2013 |
Lorraine Grochowski-Kiefer's herbal education began at age 2 or 3, literally at the feet of her two grandmothers. Babci was Polish; she grew dill and parsley for her pickles and cabbage. Mom-Mom was Italian; she favored parsley and basil for her lasagna and meatballs. And like the herbs that flourished in their large kitchen gardens, the Grochowskis and Kiefers lived intertwined lives in rural Franklinville, back when the tiny pocket of Gloucester County seemed like one seamless farm.
September 27, 2013 |
YOU MAY not be able to buy your way into nirvana, but you can buy Kurt Cobain 's childhood home. Complete with his mattress. Ick. Cobain's mother, Wendy O'Connor , is putting the family's 90-year-old, 1.5-story bungalow two hours southwest of Seattle on the market this week. To help sell it, the family is offering a glimpse into Kurt's early life through photos shot at the house, including one of a chocolate-frosted birthday cake for Kurt and a shot of teenage Cobain smiling, guitar in hand, in his messy room.
September 15, 2013 |
DELANCO A haze in the air smells like rotten or charred meat, an unmistakable sign that there was a fire here. Nearly two weeks after an 11-alarm blaze destroyed a Dietz & Watson warehouse in this Burlington County township, some residents are complaining of a stench from spoiled meat and the haze from the still-smoldering fire. A company spokesman said that Dietz & Watson was committed to cleaning up the site and that demolition of the warehouse had started. "My wife told me it smells like hot dogs upstairs.
August 30, 2013
B uzz: Hey Marnie, how come they add such strange ingredients to wine? Marnie: I'm not sure what you mean, Buzz. By definition, wines are made with 100 percent grapes. Buzz: I was reading a bottle label at the store the other day that said the wine had gooseberries and cut grass in it. Marnie: Those weren't ingredients, Buzz. They were wine "descriptors," terms used to describe wine's sensory traits - usually smells. Since there are so few words for aromas, winemakers often compare their wines to foods and other things that have distinctive scents.
August 17, 2013 |
Question: We live in a circa-1890 rowhouse and have a good relationship with the family next door. We were very happy for them when they had central air-conditioning installed three summers ago. The problem: The bedroom where we keep our clothes is next to their bedroom of a heavy smoker. Our wall is brick and plaster and beadboard; their wall is exposed brick. As soon as hot weather arrives and they use their AC, a strong smell of smoke enters our room. Our efforts to deal with this include using a filtered air purifier, closing the bedroom door to keep the smell from spreading throughout the house, employing an air freshener, and taping over an electrical socket.