July 26, 2010
DEAR ABBY: My wife and I were having dinner with another couple when a conversation ensued that divided the men's views from the women's. It concerned a recently widowed man (I'll call him "John") who is dating a woman from our wives' circle of friends, "Peggy. " (Peggy is a widow.) The wives were appalled that John has begun dating only three months after his wife "Gloria's" death, and insisted that a woman in his situation would not. Furthermore, the women went on to question whether it was appropriate for him to date within Gloria's circle of friends.
July 3, 2015 |
While I'm away, readers give the advice. On divorced people as social creatures: I'm a divorced mom to an elementary-age kid. I'm a social creature - love dinner parties, open houses, family pizza nights, neighbor barbecues, weekend trips. My life was full of this as part of a married couple. But as a "divorcee," I feel excluded from social plans. I usually get a call to get together only when someone's hubby is working late or away on business, or maybe for a moms'/girls' night.
November 14, 2003 |
Lauren Edelstein, Daniel Iatesta and Beth Woolston are standing at a bar, laughing, blushing, ruthlessly ragging each other in a way only close buddies can. A month ago, they were strangers, though Iatesta and Woolston once lived only three blocks apart in Springfield. Now these young professionals gather often at Iron Hill Brewery in West Chester to cultivate their friendships. They met through MEETin, one of a growing number of cybergroups designed not for matchmaking but friend-making.
January 15, 1993 |
I was aware that the Welsh are famous for their lusty singing, their poetry, their difficult language and their fondness for a dish known as Welsh rarebit, or "rabbit," as the case may be. Obviously, my acquaintance with things Welsh is limited, for not until the other evening was it emphatically brought home to me that the chief preoccupations of the Welsh race are drinking and coupling. My source for this newfound knowledge was the dramatic comedy "The Old Devils," Robin Hawdon's adaptation of the Kingsley Amis novel of the same name, whose tenuous plot involves a band of dedicated pub-crawlers who somehow find the time to cheat with each other's wives in a manner that would suggest a kind of Welsh rabbit minus the cheese and toast.
March 9, 2010 |
A professional bookkeeper in the 1940s described as possessing a tremendous drive, Mary S. Nowakowski loved to work. Being a working mother in the 1950s was not the norm, so when Mrs. Nowakowski had her first daughter, Joanne, she became a homemaker and took up volunteering with the same passion. Shortly after moving to Maple Shade in 1953, she started helping out at Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish. From there, she took on task after task at organizations including the American Cancer Society, the Maple Shade Democratic Club, and Girl Scouts of America.
September 25, 2012 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: Our circle of friends have babies born within a few days/weeks of our child. This is a great situation for us as they have built-in playmates. The only negative is one couple who are obsessed with trying to compete with the rest of us. First it was who was finding out the gender first, then it was who was going to deliver. Now that the babies are here, it's about the weight of the babies/who has teeth first/who rolled over first, etc. What is the best way to handle such silliness?
July 7, 2008 |
As chief executive officer of Radian Group Inc., a Philadelphia mortgage and bond insurer, Sanford A. Ibrahim (who goes by S.A., as suggested by a Wharton career counselor) has been dealing with a company whose stock has plummeted from $66 in early 2007 to barely $1 last week. The crumbling housing and credit markets have provided a brutal ride. Still, Ibrahim, who became Radian's CEO three years ago and still has a house near San Francisco, where he last worked, tries to keep some part of his life for himself.
September 14, 1999 |
Apparently, the cold cucumber masks and alpha-hydroxy lotion haven't worked. So first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton is considering plastic surgery to freshen her tired face, the New York Post has reported. Hillary was spied - in dark glasses and a navy-blue pantsuit - sneaking into a top Manhattan plastic surgeon's office recently. She reportedly had an hourlong consultation. She's considering an eyelift to get rid of the bags and crow's feet, and a chin tuck, to remove the pinch of loose skin from her jawline, sources said.
December 11, 1998 |
Wearing a baggy blue warm-up suit and sneakers that devour her tiny feet, Meghan Shanta appears less than fearsome as she walks the halls of Spring-Ford High School. The shy, 4-foot-11 senior certainly doesn't look like a basketball player; more than anything, she looks, well, cute. "I've always gotten comments about being short, like, 'Oh, she can't play,' " Shanta said. "Plus, I'm a girl. " Sure enough. Shanta's a short girl who can zip past boys a foot taller than her on the blacktop court outside the school, a short girl who has held her own against some of the best high school players in the area.
August 17, 1999 |
Imagine it's 1 a.m., and you happen to be driving up Stenton Avenue in Mount Airy when you get a hankering for a cheesesteak. You pull into the gleaming new Eppy's Steaks and step up to the stainless-steel counter. And who do you see behind the thick plate-glass window, manning the spatula, elbow-deep in Cheez Whiz, but . . . "Skinny Joey" Merlino, the Grillfather. It might seem hard to believe that the Philadelphia mob chieftain had traveled from his comfortable home in South Philadelphia to the city limits in the Northwest to work the graveyard shift at a 24-hour steak stand, but Stephen Epstein swears it's true.