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.
July 9, 2011 |
Whoever came up with the phrase "No one is irreplaceable" probably worked in the TV business. Charlie Sheen has an acrimonious parting of the ways with Two and a Half Men ? Steve Carell opts out of The Office ? The shows will go on. But the industry faces a new challenge: How do you replace someone who defects from a reality show? I submit that you solve it the same way: stunt casting. MTV's Jersey Shore took two major hits this week as first Vinny and then the Situation walked out on the taping of the fifth season in Seaside Heights.
June 16, 2011
Jean Lee and Dylan Davis of Seattle create stainless steel utensils with polymer-coated handles inspired by the dipped ends of hand tools. These oversized servers are about 11 inches long; food and dishwasher safe. Superior Servers. $35 each at Ladiesandgentlemenstudio.com, 206-226-6296. - Dianna Marder Crispy chips Frankferd Farms, a family business in Saxonburg, Butler County, Pa., has a certified organic farm and flour mill where it makes, among other goodies, Tres Rios Blue Corn Chips, made with peanut and soybean oils, water, salt, a trace of lime, and nothing artificial.
May 25, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - To Marina Meadows, green may be the new white. When she goes shopping these days, Meadows is often overwhelmed by a bevy of products touted as green, from Earth-friendly dish soaps and bamboo-derived towels to eco-detergents and plant-based soda bottles. But the Santa Monica, Calif., resident, 26, said that while she is willing to pay extra to help the environment, she's often not sure how much of the labeling she should believe. "Sometimes, I wonder if any of it's really green or if it's all a marketing scheme," Meadows said.
May 24, 2011
DEAR ABBY: I was shocked and angered by the letter from "West Virginia Traveler" on towel usage and tipping hotel housekeepers. His priorities and "knowledge" of hotel staff are seriously skewed. This man is taking his peevishness out on hotel employees who can least afford to take it. The concierge is paid well to deal with disgruntled guests and make things right. The bellman gets tipped to carry a bag from the lobby to your room. If a doorman calls a cab for you, he gets tipped.
April 16, 2011
DEAR ABBY: My wife and I recently returned from a vacation where we had a disagreement regarding hotel service and towels. Regarding the towels, my wife thinks we should hang them to dry daily for reuse later. I say the cost of washing the towels is included in the price of the room and I want a fresh towel daily. The other issue is my wife feels obligated to tip the housekeeping staff. I have never felt that obligation. Not a single housekeeper has been exceptional, regardless of the hotel we stayed in. We're hoping you could shed some light on hotel etiquette.
March 25, 2011
Q: How can I prevent my towels from pilling in the washer and dryer? A: To prevent pilling, start with well-constructed towels made from quality fibers. When buying new towels, check the labels for 100 percent Egyptian or pima cotton. These types have long fibers; they form strong, even yarns that are less likely to produce lint, which results in pills. Combed cotton is another option. It is made with thread that is combed before being spun to remove the shorter fibers that form pills.
December 7, 2010 |
A WEEK BEFORE Thanksgiving, Sara Selepouchin sat in her 11th Street studio surrounded by a pile of freshly screen-printed towels with diagrams depicting everything from unicorns to the Brooklyn Bridge to the Philly Phanatic. With a two-page to-do list in front of her and the holiday season in full swing, Selepouchin, the one-woman show behind the crafty houseware seller Girls Can Tell, has been in holiday mode since June. Selepouchin, like thousands of craftspeople, sells her wares on Etsy, an online marketplace for handmade designs.
October 7, 2010 |
STANDING ON Citizens Bank Park's windswept, rain-soaked, rooftop deck, within IV-tube reach of the Bud Lite concession, four guys in hospital gowns drained their brews behind a hand-lettered bedsheet proclaiming them, "DOC'S PATIENTS," as they watched Phillies ace Doc Halladay prepare for surgery last night. As Halladay calmly threw the second no-hitter in Major League Baseball postseason history, his devoted "Patients" went berserk. "I'd come to Phillies games since I was 12 and never once got on TV," said "Doc's Patients" leader Matt Leddy, 22, of Havertown, explaining the gowns.