March 20, 2016
DEAR ABBY: One of my close friends may be "ghosting" me. "Sarah" and I have known each other since middle school. We went to high school together and roomed together during our freshman year of college. We both transferred to different schools after that freshman year, but we made it a point to keep in touch. I was the first person she came out to. I helped her move into her new apartment the summer before grad school. In general, I think I've been a good friend to her. Last summer, we both moved back to our hometown - she for med school and I for a new job. I was excited that after five years, we were living in the same city again.
March 5, 2016
ISSUE | SODA TAX Hurting the poor Mayor Kenney is simply brilliant to tax sugary drinks at three cents an ounce ("Kenney promotes soda-tax benefits," Tuesday). How clever to tax a product used by so many lower-income citizens. It is about time that the citizens who derive the benefit pay for the benefit. |Nancy Gordon, Philadelphia, firstname.lastname@example.org All for pre-K The soda tax that Councilman Jim Kenney found to be so odious is now a great idea to Mayor Kenney, who suddenly realizes the bad health effects of sugar.
May 4, 2015 |
You can't keep a good woman down. Or rather, in. I'm talking, of course, about Spanx. If you don't know what Spanx is, let me tell you. It's a girdle. But it's called a "body shaping garment," in that it compresses your flesh, nerves, and internal organs so that you look thinner. In other words, Spanx is a great idea if you don't like oxygen. Anyway, you might remember that, about six years ago, I wrote about how much I hated Spanx. I got introduced to them when I bought a pair by accident, thinking they were tights.
December 12, 2014 |
IN AN EFFORT to save his legs, 36-year-old Kobe Bryant often doesn't practice. Yesterday, he participated for the first time in a month. And he didn't like what he saw. Bryant yelled at his teammates collectively and individually during a scrimmage, and got so riled up he even chirped at general manager Mitch Kupchak. "You [bleepity bleeps] are soft like Charmin," Bryant screamed during the session. "God damn, is this the type of [bleep] that's going on in these practices?
October 9, 2013 |
NORRISTOWN After eight months of review, Montgomery County staff will deliver a recommendation Tuesday on whether to privatize the Parkhouse senior living complex in Upper Providence Township. The county in February began studying a potential sale or lease of the facility, which serves about 500 elderly and infirm residents and employs 700 people. The effort is part of a plan to pare the county's responsibilities, and includes selling buildings and letting boroughs and townships take control of bridges.
December 21, 2012 |
The little boy was stuck on the word sad. Five-year-old Dashawn Harris had already endured hours of pain during his "home-schooling" phonics lesson, and with every mistake came another big-fisted punch or stinging lash from his mother's boyfriend's black leather belt. He was crying and bleeding, and his mother was doing nothing to stop it. Now he was having trouble sounding out the "a" in sad . Christian Patrick, 25, a convicted drug dealer, lived with Dashawn's mother, Lashay Patterson, in her unkempt North Philadelphia apartment.
October 30, 2012 |
The goldfinches have long since devoured the sunflower seed heads in my garden. Time to get out the feeders and go buy birdseed. Estimates are fuzzy, but at least 55 million Americans join me in this effort, says George Petrides Sr., managing director of the National Bird-Feeding Society. And we spend a hefty sum doing it. Expenditures on seed, feeders, birdbaths, birdhouses, and the like come to $4.5 billion a year, he said. Helping birds doesn't have to stop there. Two other consumer choices are important - paper products and coffee.
October 8, 2012 |
GEORGIA LINEBACKER Christian Robinson said on his Twitter account he returned from the Bulldogs' lopsided loss at South Carolina on Saturday night to find a house he shares with quarterback Aaron Murray "egged and rolled. " Georgia was No. 5 before the 35-7 loss to South Carolina. The Bulldogs fell to No. 14 in the Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday. Robinson, a senior, concluded the toilet paper and eggs on the house were a result of the loss. He posted on his Twitter account "Came to a house that was egged and rolled.
February 10, 2012
WHEN SHE was 7, Lindsay Browning was nervous and excited waiting for her father to come to her school. When he arrived, he was dressed as Abraham Lincoln to teach her class about the former president's life. Today, the Philly-based dancer has transformed that childhood experience into a contemporary dance titled "Lincoln Luck. " Browning was inspired by imagining herself as Lincoln's "daughter of the future," basing her image both on Lincoln's personal history and on her father's portrayal of him. The performance explores themes such as luck and fate, and how they relate to Lincoln's life.
November 23, 2011 |
Question: My husband and I had one child, who by all accounts has had a great life. He is married now with a child, and he and his wife - whom my husband and I both love - plan to have additional children. My son has apparently expressed to his wife that he did not enjoy being an only child. He has never said anything to us, I'm sure out of love and respect, plus it is water under the bridge. His wife, however, often brings up the subject of how "hard" it would be to be an only child.