May 4, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I have a hard time differentiating between enabling and helping my sister. Throughout her adult life, even while she was married, she has never been able to make ends meet. She's single now and in her 50s, a hardworking but underemployed, depressed individual. I have a good job and I feel guilty if I don't help her each month. (She doesn't ask but drops enough hints that I know things aren't going well.) I have suggested repeatedly that she needs to find a better job. I even send her job leads, but I'm not sure she ever applies.
September 24, 2015 |
Question: I am happily married to a wonderful man. Recently, his grown son moved in with us, and I'm fine with that. However, his son uses the word retard quite often, and it bothers me - especially when he uses it with his children, 10 and 4, as in, "Don't be a retard. " My husband said I'm being "politically correct" - not a compliment. I believe it is our responsibility to teach our children compassion, and part of that is not using words that put people down for conditions over which they have no control.
May 1, 2015 |
Philadelphia missed out on the first wave of hard-boiled American crime writing 90 years ago. Civic corruption was a main concern in many of those stories, and Philadelphia famously did not care about such things. By the time the city made its mark in crime fiction, such social issues had fallen by the wayside, and the individual took center stage. Throughout the 1950s and into the early 1960s, American crime stories offered up legions of small-timers, desperate men who struggled against long odds and almost always lost.
November 26, 2014 |
Unrelated TV news In "The Mistress," an intervention show debuting Jan. 21 on the new Discovery Life Channel (changing Jan. 15 from Discovery Fit & Health, a channel we didn't even know existed), Sarah J. Symonds , author and self-proclaimed former mistress of Chef Gordon Ramsay and Lord Jeffrey Archer , dishes out tough love to mistresses ready to finally escape the trap of extramarital affairs. "Infidelity is like the distant rumble of thunder in any relationship," said Symonds.
November 20, 2014 |
DAVID CARTER is a superstitious man. Before he leads the Ben Franklin High football Electrons, his pregame meal hardly varies: cheesy eggs, sausage and either pancakes or French toast. Some of his assistant coaches have even followed suit, traveling the same way to games, while others repeat outfits (some without washing them). There was even one, half-joking request by an assistant to hold this story until after the undefeated Electrons (10-0, 5-0) face St. Joseph's Prep for the AAAA city title on Saturday.
April 26, 2013 |
Q: In an earlier column, you posted a letter from a woman wanting to know when her husband of 25 years was going to stop asking for sex all the time. I want to know why my husband of 28 years has stopped asking for sex at all . In the early years of our marriage, I initiated all the time. He almost never refused me. But I got tired of that and backed off. Now our sex life is all but dead. I have asked him why he never "starts something," but his answers are vague and not helpful.
February 15, 2013 |
CATHERINE Corbett could give you a look that would freeze you in place. It was a steady stare over the rim of her glasses, and it let you know that whatever you were doing or saying was unacceptable. You knew you were going to get it. It was odd, too, because normally, Catherine Corbett was a gentle, caring soul, loved by family and friends. Catherine Corbett, a 35-year surgical technician and licensed practical nurse for the North Philadelphia Health System, died of a heart condition Feb. 8. She was 74 and lived in East Germantown.
November 23, 2012 |
The setup: After years of rumors, rhetoric and bickering, the 76ers, on Dec. 19, 2006, finally put their actions where their hearts were and sent Allen Iverson, one of the most beloved players, and the most exciting, in franchise history, and Ivan McFarlin to the Denver Nuggets for veteran point guard Andre Miller, former Sixer Joe Smith and two first-round draft picks. And on March 19, 2008, he came home. THE CITY of Philadelphia had a love affair with Allen Iverson.
August 17, 2012
THE MOST important quarter of Tra Thomas' impressive career was the one he didn't play. It was easy to forget during Thomas' retirement announcement - under the crescendo of a highlight film and in Thomas' teary words of thanks - that Andy Reid once benched Tra Thomas. Thomas stood on the sideline, humbled, helmet in hand, for the first quarter of the 14th game of Reid's first season, at Dallas. He was hard to miss; a 6-7, 350-pound testament to potential and petulance. Thomas, a second-year player, had taken himself out of the previous week's game with a mild groin strain.
August 3, 2012
Q: I'm in my mid-20s. A few months ago, my three-year relationship (engaged and living together) ended after my fiancée walked out. I knew something was up and suspected she was seeing someone else. She was constantly texting with another guy and spending weekends overnight somewhere, saying she was with friends and didn't want to drive after going to the bar. She is now seeing this guy, but I still find it's hard to move on and get back out in the dating world. I was never much of a lady-killer, and I'm finding it even more difficult now to get myself out there.