February 24, 2012
DEAR ABBY: My husband and I belong to a supper club comprised of four couples. We have enjoyed our monthly gatherings for years and have developed a strong bond with each couple. As a rule, each one takes turns hosting the event in their home. The recent behavior of one hostess has us baffled. For starters, "Lynn" sometimes seats herself and her husband at a separate table, even though there's room at the main table. She also involves herself with activities I consider rude - taking calls on her cell, perusing Facebook, doing paperwork.
December 9, 2013 |
I've always been addicted to garage sales and flea markets, but it turns out they were gateway drugs. Now I'm hooked on auctions. We begin a year ago, when I noticed there was an antiques auction in my neighborhood and I stopped by. I'm no antiques expert, but I like old things. Like me. So I walked into the auction, took a seat, and watched as the auctioneer showed slides of great furniture. Most of it was from the Philadelphia area, circa 1800s. People made bids by raising white cards, and when the bidding stopped, the prices weren't high at all. Surprise ending, right?
January 20, 2013
DEAR ABBY : My daughter was recently married. My niece - a talented artist - hand-painted flowers on wine glasses for the dinner reception following the ceremony. They were intended to be keepsakes for each of the adult guests. At the end of the evening, I gathered four glasses from our family's table. When I turned around, the four glasses were gone. Glasses disappeared from our table, the head table, and my niece's (the artist). The following day, someone mentioned to me that they had seen certain guests leave with four to six glasses each.
April 22, 2012 |
For a few hours Sunday, they agreed to miss the Flyers playoff game and held off on those "Honey-do" lists of household chores. Instead, the South Jersey Men's Club made nearly 400 peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches for a group of eaters they'll never meet - men and women with outstanding bench warrants for alleged nonviolent offenses. The sandwiches were just one slice of the rewards for hundreds of wanted people expected to turn themselves in over the next few days at an Atlantic City church as part of New Jersey's Fugitive Safe Surrender program.
October 6, 2011 |
What does family dinner look like at your house? The Cosby Show or Leave It to Beaver but with texting teens? A scene from Modern Family ? Or The Simpsons , but with better food? The ritual of gathering for a meal may look a bit like any of these. Or not. That's the beauty of family dinner: It may bring together a mom, dad, preteen, and toddler - or a trio of fresh-out-of-college roommates for pizza, or a quartet of friends for a potluck - sharing different stories and different foods.
September 24, 2011 |
In 2009, Mark Fiorella had just lost 90 pounds and was looking for a way to keep the weight off. "I was, needless to say, not doing sports in high school and college, so I wasn't going to be very good at team sports," said Fiorella, now 26 and a fit 176-pound chemistry teacher at Kingsway High School. After some Internet research, Fiorella settled on arm-wrestling as his new thing. He and his kid brother, Chris, now 16 and a sophomore at Delsea High, constructed a special arm-wrestling table from instructions on a website and started going at it. Two years later, Chris Fiorella, who just wanted to pal around with his older brother, is the U.S. Armwrestling Federation's national champion in the junior 132-pound division.
April 10, 2011
Best-selling author and Inquirer columnist Lisa Scottoline's new novel, "Save Me," will be in stores Tuesday. Chapter Two will appear in the Magazine on Tuesday, and Chapter Three in Style & Soul on Wednesday. Chapter One Rose McKenna stood against the wall in the noisy cafeteria, having volunteered as lunch mom, which is like a security guard with eyeliner. Two hundred children were talking, thumb-wrestling, or getting ready for recess, because lunch period was almost over.
January 2, 1991 |
What makes strudel so good? It's not just the countless sheets of pastry, blistered and crackling like a folio of fallen leaves. It's not just the gelatinous ooze of the filling, sticky sweet, bubbling with fruit and nuts. It's not just the butter impregnated into every morsel that makes strudel irresistible. It's all of it. Sweet, buttery, crumbly and moist. Strudel is an extravagance of contrasts, and one of the best gifts you can offer your mouth. Homemade strudel has practically become an endangered species.
April 27, 1997 |
When he was 6 years old, Ryan Cullen of Woodbury developed a passion for collecting all sorts of sporting cards - from the boys of summer to the warriors of football. But he's older and wiser now. Such pastimes seem, well, childish. It's time to move on. Last weekend, Ryan, now 10, spent six hours at a flea market sponsored by Most Holy Redeemer School in Deptford, trying to unload dozens of trading cards and, in the process, make a little bit of money. Springtime may mean leisurely strolls in the park, flying kites in the afternoon breeze, cruising down the highway with the windows down and music blaring.
April 19, 1992 |
Jack Hines runs his hand down the smooth oaken surface of the boardroom table in West Bradford Township's new municipal building. The huge golden table, which Township Manager Hines crafted himself, glows in the warm spring sunlight shining through the silent meeting room. "This table was a labor of love," Hines says, standing in the township's new building, on 13 wooded acres off Marshallton-Thorndale Road. A former cabinetmaker, Hines, 47, loves building furniture almost as much as he loves his job as township manager.