January 25, 2013 |
Life used to be "like a box of chocolates," according to Forrest Gump. Now it's like a box of bullets. And you do know what you're going to get. Duck and cover, America! Valentine's Day, once a cultural oasis of sentimentality, is the opening date for A Good Day to Die Hard . No, it's not about the amorous demise of Nelson Rockefeller. It's the fifth in the series of Bruce Willis action flicks, full of gunfire and explosions, this time set in Moscow.
September 13, 2011 |
Question: I was sent home early from a work trip with the flu. I got home around 1 a.m. and texted my boyfriend to let him know. I didn't hear back from him till around noon the next day, when I chatted with him online. He asked if I needed anything, and I said I'd really love sherbet and tissues, but I can manage without. Later, I find out that he's not going to come see me because I don't "need" anything. I realize he's not my mom, but we've been dating two years and all I want is to feel like someone cares enough to take care of me. In his defense, he said he had a meeting that evening, but it turns out he got the day wrong and there was no meeting.
February 21, 2012 |
ON THE DAY after Valentine's Day, when chocolates still line candy-store shelves and rosy-red hearts hang from picture windows, Terry Bowen goes to the cemetery. "It's a memory that's just not going to go away," Bowen, 44, said Wednesday in the dining room of her North Philly rowhouse. "I just don't think it's fair at all. " She was speaking of the events that culminated on Feb. 15, 2009, the day after Valentine's Day, when her son Lawrence Allen, 20, died at Moss Rehabilitation Hospital.
February 12, 2010 |
February's designated Hallmark holiday now has its own cinematic greeting card. Valentine's Day , Garry Marshall's all-star candy sampler, is confected in the mold of Love, Actually, but with more sugar and fewer surprises. As sweets go, it's not dense and complex like a truffle, rather, it's light and modest like a chocolate kiss. It's not art; it's a pick-me-up. The script from Katherine Fugate sprawls as wide as Greater Los Angeles and goes about as deep as, well, a Hallmark card.
March 19, 2011 |
Tiffany Burnhill was mixed up with a bad seed, a former college basketball player whose claim to fame was that he was featured on "America's Most Wanted. " It's unclear if Burnhill knew what she was getting into when she started dating Shaun Warrick, who was accused of randomly shooting two Maryland college students and stabbing a third in 2007. What is clear, police said yesterday, is that Warrick allegedly shot and killed Burnhill, 19, and her cousin, Marcedes Ivery, 21, on Valentine's Day after he flew into a rage over an ongoing spat.
February 14, 2013
I N HONOR of Valentine's Day, we asked Steve and Mia to share excerpts from their favorite columns: Q: My husband lately has been spending all his free time preparing for his fantasy-baseball draft. I didn't expect the honeymoon to last forever, but I refuse to be a sports widow at age 28. STEVE: As the philosopher Sparky Anderson once said, "There are two things that every man thinks he can do better than every other man: make love to a woman and manage a baseball team.
February 16, 2012 |
An Upper Darby man shot himself in the head at a Delaware County shooting range on Valentine's Day, authorities said, the second suicide there in six months. According to the Delaware County Office of the Medical Examiner, Isaiah James Jones, 25, shot himself in the bathroom of the Targetmaster Indoor Gun Range in Chadds Ford around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Pennsylvania State Police had not released any information on the incident as of last night. On Aug. 22, police said, a 22-year-old West Chester man killed himself at the gun range.
February 15, 2010 |
Too wide for a plane seat? Is filmmaker Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy) a victim of size and weight discrimination? The Zack and Miri Make a Porno director has accused Southwest Airlines of ejecting him from a flight Saturday night because of his girth, says the Los Angeles Times. "Wanna tell me I'm too wide for the sky?" Smith said in a scathing message on his Twitter account. "Totally cool, but fair warning folks: If you look like me, you may be ejected from Southwest Air. " Smith said the incident occurred when he tried to board a flight from Oakland to Burbank, Calif.
February 14, 2007 |
Valentine's Day is here, and that fat little angel with the love-tipped arrows has his hands in my pockets again. He's rummaging around in my coat and pants. He's looking for my wallet. The Valentine goblin wants $120 for dinner, $25 for flowers, $15 for a cab, and another $25 for non-boxed wine. I don't have the money. I swear. And aren't we too smart for this? The wine and roses are just a ritual, a cultural accident, and, frankly, I'd rather we just tied our hands together with string like the ancient Druids did. It fosters just as much closeness at a fraction of the cost.
February 14, 2007 |
I am not a fan of mandated holidays - and by that I mean days like today, when expressions of love are all but required by law, with near-criminal consequences. Only the unattached are exempt - and then only because we pity them so. As a woman of a certain age, I've been there/done that when it comes to Feb. 14. Year after year it arrives unbidden and ill-defined. Valentine's Day is an overpriced meal at an overly crowded restaurant; a ring with a smaller, less brilliant stone; a bouquet with too many greens and too few blossoms.