February 12, 2012 |
Mother Mary tells me on the phone that they're building giant red condominiums across the street from her house. "Really?" I ask her, confused. Her street is a small, quiet backstreet, the last of its kind in South Beach. "Yes," she answers. "I can see it outside the window. New red condos. They're ugly. " "But there's houses there. What about the houses? Did they tear them down?" "I don't see them. " This makes no sense. "And the condos are red?" "Bright red. " I don't like the sound of this, and suddenly I lose my sense of humor.
December 9, 2011
Albert N. Ruggieri, 84, of Media, a retired contractor who specialized in interior finishing work for homes and offices, died of throat cancer at home on Monday, Dec. 5. Born in Overbrook, Mr. Ruggieri attended Overbrook High School, but not long enough to graduate. Instead, he inflated his age by a year and enlisted in the U.S. Navy at 16, said his son David. During World War II, Mr. Ruggieri served in the South Pacific from 1943 to 1946, working as a soundman aboard the destroyer USS Ault.
July 17, 2011 |
It's my birthday, and I'm spending it with Mother Mary, which I know is a gift. But unfortunately, you can't return it. Just kidding. I've said that aging isn't for the faint-hearted, but I was talking about turning 55. Now that I'm 56, I realize how right I was. Older and wiser, that's me. And living with Mother Mary, who's 87, I'm beginning to see what strength is all about. No kidding. Strength is trying to walk forward when you can barely see. Strength is trying to change a channel when you can't find a button on the remote.
April 14, 2011 |
We do so like to make light of just about every piece of detritus that floats around in the galaxy where Hollywood stars like Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan live, it seems, to do the kind of high jinks that keep us feeling blessed. It is so much more entertaining than acknowledging that celebrities might face the same challenges as do we mere lowly paid humans. Then comes the news that actress Catherine Zeta-Jones recently was treated for bipolar disorder after helping her husband, Michael Douglas , survive a bout last year with advanced throat cancer.
January 11, 2011 |
In his first TV chat since being treated for throat cancer, Michael Douglas says he's "relieved" that the tumor that plagued him for months has disappeared. "I feel good, relieved. The tumor is gone," Douglas tells Matt Lauer in a chat set to air Tuesday on Today . "But, you know, I have to check out on a monthly basis now to maintain. I guess there's not a total euphoria. " Catherine Zeta-Jones ' hub adds, "It's been a wild six-month ride. " Douglas' treatment hasn't all been fun and games: There are side effects.
December 12, 2010 |
I have a scientific theory that the bonds that tie mothers and daughters are love and worry, like the two strands in the double helix of some very twisty DNA. In other words, if I love you, I worry about you. And vice versa. Let me explain. The moment Daughter Francesca was born, I started to love her and worry about her. And my worry, like my love, had no bounds. I worried if she was sleeping too much. I worried if she was sleeping too little. Same with crying, nursing, and pooping.
October 26, 2010 |
Normally, we here at SideShow write about celebrity news, not about news about celebrity news - least of all, something from academe. But we are nothing if not open-minded and curious, so let us note a new study by coauthors Amanda Hinnant of the University of Missouri and the University of Tennessee's Elizabeth Hendrickson (we know you two just did this study to get your names in boldface), which found that celebrity journalism might be an undersung communication channel for spreading health information.
September 22, 2010 |
DURING THE past 12 months, comedian and WIP sports gabber Big Daddy Graham has: _ Had a burst water pipe destroy a big chunk of his South Jersey home. _ Undergone major back surgery. _ Suffered a serious staph infection. _ Buried his mother after she died of an Alzheimer-related illness. _ And successfully battled throat cancer, although radiation and chemotherapy left him with "burned-out" taste buds, a condition that continues to limit his diet to canned protein shakes.
September 2, 2010 |
FOLLOWING HER most recent arrest (this time for exiting an Escalade reeking of marijuana and shortly thereafter dropping a little bag of coke from a purse she claims wasn't hers), Paris Hilton was banned yesterday from two Wynn resorts on the Las Vegas Strip (Wynn Las Vegas and Encore). Presumably she is still welcome at the Las Vegas Hilton. Maybe even the Paris. And her boyfriend Cy Waits , who was also arrested in his pot-mobile, is now out of work. He was "separated" from his job after less than a week as top managing partner of two Wynn nightclubs, Wynn Resorts spokeswoman Jennifer Dunne said in a statement.
August 17, 2010 |
Sure, he deigned to help change daughter Suri 's nappies, but Katie Holmes , 31, says husband Tom Cruise , 48, is so preternaturally perfect, so beyond the material plane, she's in perpetual awe. "He's quite an incredible human being," she tells New York mag. Katie continued her rote self-abnegation when asked if she'd ever act with Tom: "Well, we do collaborate on everything at home. But I mean, he's Tom Cruise! His body of work is incredible. . . . Everything's a classic.