November 5, 2000 |
An unfortunate reality in the world of singles is that older men get more opportunities than older women. More dinner parties, more fix-ups, more blind dates. This is true even when older is defined as a mere 31. And the older you get, the worse it is. No surprise then that Stan Blair, 62 and barely divorced, was already weary of introductions to nice women. "I'd heard a lot of stories about nice women," said Stan, who lived in Southampton, N.J. "I'd been invited to a number of dinners with friends and there was always some nice woman they wanted to introduce me to. I even went out with some nice women.
December 12, 1999 |
I'm a bit of a "fruitcake. " I admit it. (According to my Webster's dictionary, a fruitcake is either "a rich cake containing nuts, preserved fruits, citron and spices" or "a foolish, eccentric, or crazy person. ") When it came time for my wedding in 1984, I insisted on doing all the cooking myself, including making my own wedding cake, an elaborate flower-festooned fruitcake with marzipan icing, similar to the poppyseed fruitcake recipe below. Because fruitcakes only get better when made ahead of time, this seemed like a good choice.
September 28, 1999 |
QUOTE "I hold on to normalcy as if it were my life preserver. A normal family life, normal work relationships - they are what keep me in touch with the audience I'm trying to reach. " - Harrison Ford A judge refused to give Charlie Sheen an early out from his probation. Malibu Municipal Judge Lawrence Mira pointed out that the star of "Platoon" and "Wall Street" had twice violated the terms of his probation when he skipped out of drug rehab. Sheen got himself in a mess of trouble back in 1996 when he was convicted of beating a former girlfriend and sentenced to probation.
August 18, 1999 |
At Pisker's Bakery on Delsea Drive in Westville, a wedding cake waits in a window as customer Ann Civalier of Deptford heads out the door into the sunshine, having settled for a more modest purchase of simply cookies. Catering to those with a sweet tooth, the bakery has been in business offering confections to the community for decades. It opened in 1925 and has had three owners - its current one is David Critch.
May 17, 1999 |
At 56, Cecilia Riley had long ago quit waiting for Prince Charming to show up with a glass slipper. She figured he was dead or just not interested. So, instead of hanging out at balls, Riley made plans to retire, sell her house in East Falls and move to Arizona. Then, one day, he showed up - her own bright, shining prince. He didn't gallop in on a white horse, but he does live in Arizona, which for Riley is even better. They got engaged in October. Since their meeting, Riley has told and retold the story of her whirlwind summer romance with Dwight Bandy, the courtly divorced man she met at her daughter's graduation.
September 27, 1998 |
Back in 1991, when Loretta Huslin was about to get married for the first time, she wanted a ceremony that would be quiet and romantic yet a bit offbeat. She wanted a Friday night wedding. Her family, her friends, even her fiance were appalled. Nobody got married on a weekday. So, as it turned out, neither did Loretta Huslin. Last December, when she married for the second time, she got the Friday wedding she wanted - and, to her relief, "everybody loved the idea," said Huslin, 29, a graphic designer from Hainesport, N.J. But the icing on the wedding cake was the cost.
May 31, 1997 |
"Them, too?" That's the disbelieving question I asked when Marilyn told me about some friends of ours whose marriage is falling apart. I don't know why I'm surprised; lately it seems like every couple we know is splitting up. My wife seems to take it in stride, better able than I to accept that these things happen. I guess I'm naive. Guess I've listened to too many love songs. Not that I can still hear them as I did when I was young. There is an edge of lamentation now that I didn't catch back then, a scrim of bitter sharpening the sweet.
December 9, 1996 |
Nothing brings back memories like an old wedding picture. When William Cox wants to reminisce, he has hundreds of photos to choose from. An industrial photographer, Cox spent many a Saturday afternoon at his side job - shooting weddings - before his retirement. Since suffering a stroke last year, his memory has been a little fuzzy. But when he looks at all those brides and grooms, decked out in frothy wedding outfits and smiling shyly at the camera, the memories start flooding back.
September 23, 1996 |
The festivities began with a solemn reading by a doughty Dixie matron of nuptial dos and don'ts, circa 1863: "A pig running in front of the bride is a sign of evil. " "Old shoes should be thrown at the bride to chase away misfortune. " "The bride should never bake her own cake. . . . " Not that anyone stood on ceremony at this event, a freewheeling retro-wedding where the bride wore green, the groom cut the cake with a saber, and half the guests dragged muskets across enemy lines just to attend.