May 6, 2013 |
IN THE YEARS between my writing Cats For Dummies and co-authoring Your Cat: The Owner's Manual , a huge amount of work has been done to make veterinary practices more "feline-friendly. " With wellness checkups for my cats, Ilario and Mariposa, on the calendar, I reviewed my plan of action and prepared for V-Day. Everything went perfectly. The cats traveled quietly in their carriers, were relaxed if not exactly happy at the veterinarian's, passed their wellness exams with flying colors and settled back into their routines at home without a hiccup.
March 23, 2013 |
This weekend's "Pup Rally" and a 5K with a post-race party mark the start of Paint the Town Red Week, the Phillies' annual build-up to the first games at Citizens Bank Park. Leading this crimson tide of enthusiasm will, of course, be the Red Phanatic, who's expected at every event. Note that Thursday is the deadline to buy tickets for Friday's On Deck With the Phillies Reception. Phillies Charities 5K, Saturday. It's too late to sign up to be one of the 5,000 runners, but fans on hand at 9 a.m. on Phillies Drive at the park will get to see former pitcher Tommy Greene, ballgirls, Phoebe Phanatic and broadcaster/event emcee Jim Jackson, and pick up "Phillies beads and cheercards (while supplies last)
November 8, 2012
The NFL has fined the San Diego Chargers $20,000 because it said a member of the equipment staff failed to immediately surrender towels when ordered to do so by a game official against the Denver Broncos on Oct. 15. The NFL also said in a statement Wednesday that after investigating the Chargers' use of towels that included an adhesive substance, it was determined that San Diego did not violate any rules. After consulting with the Competition Committee, the league said it has advised all clubs that the use of towels or other products that contain any type of adhesive substance is prohibited on game days until further notice.
May 17, 2012 |
It only took about a decade for the rally towel to become the Philadelphia sports giveaway of choice. Like all great Philadelphia ideas, it's a ripoff: In this case, we ripped off Pittsburgh and their famous yellow terrible towel. (Pittsburgh's terrible towel is a ripoff, too, of a regular towel.) Philadelphia rally towels are white, not yellow, and every local sports team has given them away. The earliest towel I have is the Dec. 31, 2000, Eagles' Wild Card playoff win over Tampa Bay. (This was so long ago one of the heroes of that game was Mike Mamula.)
December 15, 2011
ARE YOU SOMEONE, or do you know someone, or would you like to get to know someone, who doesn't eat meat? If so, here's your handy 2011 V for Veg Holiday Gift Guide: TofuXpress . You're welcome. OK, we do have a couple of other suggestions, but first, let's talk tofu. It's an ancient concoction from soybeans that is famously superhigh in protein and superlow . . . all right, supernonexistent in flavor. But it absorbs flavors well - when it's not already full, that is. A block of tofu packed in water needs that liquid squeezed out before it can be permeated with, say, a marinade.
October 9, 2011
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Bad teams in the National Football League come in three flavors. They are: 1) the teams that are significantly lacking in talent, 2) the teams that make too many mistakes and, 3) the teams that roll over and quit. Which are the 1-4 Eagles? No. 2, you should excuse the expression. But all eyes now are on the question of whether or not rolling over is entering the equation. Yes - it is getting that bad, this early. For the record, I don't see any quit yet. The fourth quarter of Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Buffalo Bills offered a pretty clear demonstration that everybody is still trying on both sides of the ball, and that frustration at their predicament has not yet overwhelmed them.
September 30, 2011 |
The Phillies will share their whoop-de-doo with a rolling rally looping around Center City early this afternoon. On board a 33-foot trolley, bearing a city promotional slogan "With Love, Philadelphia XOXO," will be the Phanatic, ballgirls, broadcasters Tom McCarthy and Larry Anderson, as well as various officials and media notables, including ex-Phils pitcher Ricky Bottalico. They'll be stoking up fans in anticipation of the playoffs, which begin Saturday with a 5:07 p.m. game at Citizens Bank Park.
September 2, 2011 |
Philadelphia is called a city of neighborhoods, and when things are good, a narrow street of rowhouses can be an oasis in a raucous world. When there are problems, those same close quarters can become a pressure cooker. That was the case Aug. 17 in Feltonville, when a simmering feud between rowhouse neighbors in the 4700 block of Rorer Street erupted in a melee. When it was over, a man was in critical condition with multiple stab wounds and a woman who tried to help him was dead of a heart attack.
August 8, 2011
By Mary E. Leithead After 15 summers, I am packing away my dented, lime-green Wheelie Cool cooler, retiring my canvas L.L. Bean towel tote, and literally hanging up my khaki "Pool Mom" baseball hat. I am a pool mom no more. You can't be a pool mom without children to take to the pool. My son, 20 and in college, hasn't been to the pool in years. My daughter, 16, now loves horses, and would rather canter around a dusty rink than backstroke up and down the pool. Unlike the serious swimmers and mah-jonggers, I would never show up without them.
August 8, 2011
A WARM, MUGGY day of campaigning nearly starts off badly. Karen Brown, the Republican nominee for mayor, is ready to leave her South Philly block when her righthand man, Rick Modglin, goes to dump a cup of lemonade on the street by the car. Don't do it, Brown warns. The drink will draw flies and then the ire of Gracie, the woman who keeps clean the block of tidy two-story rowhouses. Most of them have her campaign poster in their windows. All politics are local. Brown and a few volunteers in three cars head to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, where the fifth annual SheROX Triathlon is under way. She spent the weekend buying all the rally towels she could find - about 1,000 - and having them printed with her name and campaign website.