March 23, 1995
There is a fanciful, down-the-rabbit-hole quality to Republican welfare "reform" legislation being debated in the House of Representatives. In the wonderland inhabited by Newt Gingrich and the Contract with America crowd, the outrageous idea that "less is more" has become an article of faith. But not to worry. Instead of scrambling to close the funding gaps likely to be created by welfare "reform," social-service agencies and public schools can find a model for Life Under the Contract close to home - in Upper Darby, Delaware County.
March 1, 2013
ONE OF THE JOYS, if not the reason, for going to the movies is popcorn, but a new movie may have you thinking twice about munching while watching. "A Place at the Table," which opens nationally Friday (see story and review on Pages 29 and 30) is a powerful look at a problem that should not exist in this country: hunger. The documentary is notable, and not just for the human stories it tells of working and unemployed families who struggle to get enough food to feed their families.
May 12, 2012 |
Before every game, Gloucester Catholic softball coach Tom Sullivan has the same brief conversation with Cait Eltzholtz. "I look her in the eyes," Sullivan said, "and I tell her, 'I need you to get on base.' " How the scrappy leadoff hitter does so is generally not Sullivan's concern. And why should it be? Eltzholtz has won two state championships. She has as much softball in her blood as any South Jersey athlete. And she has done nothing but earn the trust of her coaches and teammates in a career that includes more than 100 hits.
May 3, 2014 |
Dinner at the Rosen Schwartz household is no rushed, throw-a-slice-of-a-pizza-on-a-paper-plate affair. OK, it is on occasion - the hazard of 21st-century married-with-kids life. But often enough, and certainly on this school night, the family of four sit down to a properly set table for dinner - emphasis on properly set. "On a regular basis, I insist on this scaled-down formality, that there are essential items that belong in a table setting that go on our table," Lynn Rosen, 52, says from her Elkins Park house.
November 11, 2011 |
As families gather for large and loud celebrations at year's end, children often are relegated to a space of their own during meals, whether they like it or not. "I love the idea of everyone around the table for Thanksgiving, sharing stories and enjoying each other's company. But sometimes, that isn't realistic," says Lydia Menzies, a former teacher who now plans parties and writes a children's party blog called "The Party Wagon" (party-wagon.com). "I think the best approach is to do what works best for your family and the flow of the host or hostess' home.
November 20, 2008
For Thanksgiving dinner, or any night hot dishes are served, these autumnal steel trivets brighten the table setting with a splash of graphic color. Also, a nice token for your Thanksgiving hostess. Recycled multitaskers Made from recycled plastic bags, these cute baskets have already fulfilled their debt to the planet. They unsnap for flat storage, or, for yet another use, serve as a placemat. Pumpkin at its best The Chestnut Hill soup-and-sandwich stalwart Jonathan Best has opened a second location in the Reading Market, taking over the space of a former vitamin stand.
February 11, 1998 |
Forget about it. With few exceptions, that's the answer if you're interested in booking a table for two at a romantic restaurant on Valentine's Day. The calendar and a big convention in town have conspired against procrastinators. For the first time since 1987, Valentine's Day is on a Saturday night, traditionally the busiest night anyway. Also in town this weekend is the American Association for the Advancement of Science Convention. Dinner for 6,570 people will be part of the equation.
May 14, 2011
DEAR ABBY: From time to time, my husband and I are asked by some friends to dine out with them. However, the wife does some things that make us very uncomfortable. She prides herself on being friendly and outgoing. When we're in a restaurant, she'll go from table to table and engage in conversations with people she doesn't know. She'll ask where they're from, what they've ordered, etc. Once, she eavesdropped while the people at the next table discussed what they were ordering and gave them her opinion on what they should "really" order.
March 2, 2012 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - So much is happening with the coffee table that Cosmo Kramer needs to update his coffee-table book on coffee tables. During the 1990s Seinfeld era, the coffee table was mainly a place to place food and remote controls - and maybe rest your feet when Mom wasn't looking. The ubiquitous wooden piece of furniture was a far cry from the 1950s cocktail table, limbo-low with a sculptural wooden or chrome base and an elegant round glass top. Home furnishings design forecaster Michelle Lamb is seeing a return to artistry in coffee tables, and more function than ever.
January 30, 2003 |
We were surprised - forks in mid-air - when she stopped at our table. "Would you mind if I visited for a few minutes?" "Of course not. " The four of us were feeling mellow. We were at Victor's Caf? in South Philadelphia, celebrating the 62d wedding anniversary of Liz and Iz, and 50-plus years of friendship. Dorothy was maybe five feet tall, silver hair stylishly cut, the wrinkles of age denied by a young, broad smile, an orange turtleneck sweater, a surprisingly strong voice, and a stance to match.