January 22, 2016
DEAR ABBY: We recently lost our dog, a 13-year-old springer spaniel, to old age. His passing has left a huge hole in our hearts and lives. We miss his companionship, his personality and the structure that caring for him brought to our lives. We're 51 and 60, own our home and are financially secure. Some of our friends are discouraging us from adopting another dog. They say we travel too much. Last year, we spent 12 weeks away from home. When we travel, we hire a trusted pet sitter to move into the house and attend to all our dog's needs.
January 18, 2016 |
Meriwether Falk, 32, of Portland, Ore., lived in Istanbul, Turkey, in summer 2012 and now has moved there to teach writing and language arts at a private high school. But during that summer, she learned an invaluable lesson about women traveling solo. She had been staying in what she called a "cheap hotel in Izmir" when, she says, "I was awakened by a phone call in the middle of the night, some man saying, 'Sexy, let me in.' " She hung up, but the next thing she knew, she heard a key turning in the door.
January 18, 2016
Natalie Pompilio is a Philadelphia writer History is most often written by the winners, the wealthy, and the well-known. Visual artist/poet Ife Nii Owoo was reminded of that after a recent visit to one of the historic homes on Germantown Avenue. "You never hear the stories of the people behind the closed doors in the back of the house, the indentured servants in the mansions, the people who were enslaved," she said. "They were the ones who kept those houses functioning so the rich and famous people who lived there could do what they did. " Those are some of the stories she and other artists, historians, and activists hope to bring forward for discussion as part of "Elephants on the Avenue: Race, Class, and Community in Historic Germantown.
January 12, 2016 |
Gov. Christie won't be home for long. On the heels of Tuesday's State of the State speech, Christie will travel to South Carolina, where he will appear in Thursday's GOP presidential debate. After the debate, Christie heads west to Iowa, which holds caucuses Feb. 1. Another New Hampshire trip is in the works, too: Christie is listed among candidates confirmed to speak Jan. 23 at the "First-in-the-Nation Presidential Town Hall Event. " - Maddie Hanna
January 11, 2016
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January 11, 2016
Q: I booked a room at the DoubleTree hotel in Vancouver, Wash. through Hotwire for our children's and grandchildren's stay over Thanksgiving. We received a confirmation of the reservation for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights for a total of $272. We had no further communication with Hotwire. When our children arrived at 10 p.m. with their kids - 7-month-old twins and a 2-year-old - they were told Hotwire had canceled the reservation. I didn't get any message or email from Hotwire saying it was canceling my reservation.
January 10, 2016 |
Hours after he shot a Philadelphia police officer with a stolen police firearm Thursday night, Edward Archer confessed to investigators that he had acted "in the name of Islam," authorities said. "I follow Allah. I pledge my allegiance to the Islamic State, and that's why I did what I did," Archer told detectives, according to Homicide Capt. James Clark. Investigators are still working to determine whether the 30-year-old Yeadon man had any ties to terrorist groups or whether he had acted alone.
January 8, 2016 |
Have bitters, will travel For the traveler who demands a proper cocktail, this unique goodie box from the Bitter Truth holds five tiny vials of essential bitters, from pithy orange (think martini) to celery (Bloody Mary) and "Old Time" (Manhattan), to ensure those drinks on the road taste just right. Flying bartenders will be glad to know the set is designed to comply with rules for carry-on luggage, so even airplane drinks can get a lift. Comes with a recipe book for inspiration.
January 4, 2016 |
Travelers' chances of becoming involved in violence or terrorism during a vacation are minuscule, though the odds of encountering dangerous situations may rise and fall depending on world events and cultural animosities. You can play the odds and decide you won't book that holiday in Iraq and instead book a trip to, say, Paris, and a ticket for a band playing Nov. 13 at the Bataclan. Luck, fate, timing usually work in your favor. But not always. To prepare, gather facts and understand the risks.
December 27, 2015
DEAR ABBY: I recently went on a cruise with several other women. I was friendly with one of them, but didn't know the others. I am overweight. One of the other women, "Dolores," was also overweight, heavier than me, in fact. She's very proud of being Christian, but she made the comment, in front of several other people, that she didn't mind going places with me because with me around she didn't feel so fat. I was so stunned I remained silent. Actually, I was afraid that if I spoke I'd say too much, but I felt very hurt and ashamed.