AS I WATCHED President Obama deliver his State of the Union address, I was drawn to the irony of the moment. Here was the man whose ascension to the White House revealed the true state of our union, and yet he mentioned only in passing our ongoing racial divisions. Yes, I listened carefully as the…

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winter fashion ideas

WINTER fashion ideas can be tricky, because no matter what you do to make that puffy coat look nice, you still end up resembling the Michelin Man. That’s just the way it is, and most of us have learned to live with it. Unfortunately, there are those among us who refuse to accept winter’s fashion…

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SNOW STORMS FORCE families to do what work, school and extracurricular activities often cause us to neglect. Storms make us come together. They put us under one roof, and tell us in no uncertain terms, that we will interact with one another, that we will depend on one another, and if we are lucky, we…

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VERY FEW people are mean enough to say no to a little girl selling Thin Mints in front of the supermarket. That’s why we all buy Girl Scout cookies. But let’s keep it real. If the Girl Scouts are going to continue their shortbread hustle, they’re going to have to give us bigger boxes. I’ve…

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Dear Housewife: Why is Philadelphia so dirty? – Disgusted in Philly Dear Disgusted:  You ask a very good question.  You may not be aware of this, but filth is in the very DNA of Philadelphia. Russell F. Weigly, author of Philadelphia:  A 300 Year History, describes our beloved city as being dirty with garbage and animals littering…

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I’VE OFTEN wondered if the Affordable Care Act’s opponents have seen my reality: A youthful cousin rendered helpless by a stroke, a vigorous in-law made old by diabetes, a gregarious uncle destroyed by mental illness, and all without medical insurance. Such struggles are not unique. Millions of uninsured Americans face serious healthcare issues, and in the past few months, many of…

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Dear Housewife: Does forgiving mean forgetting? Some people say in order to truly forgive a person you must forget what they did. What do you think? – Hurt in Philly Dear Hurt in Philly:  If I had a dollar for every time I had to forgive, I would be a millionaire! Half of that would be…

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WHEN I was younger I was a sharp dresser. I used to wear Kangol hats and gold-framed glasses, snakeskin shoes with belts to match. You couldn’t tell me a thing. Grey Flannel cologne? Had it. Drakkar Noir? Had that, too. Joop! I still have a drop or two for special occasions. But back in the…

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I’LL NEVER forget the night my wife and I walked out of Einstein Hospital after visiting a sick family member and found a couple we knew outside the emergency room. They were standing in the cold January air, holding each other and crying because a family member had been murdered. I couldn’t imagine the grief…

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Me, my son and Trayvon by Solomon Jones I WAS MOVED by the tragic shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin at the hands of George Zimmerman, a self-appointed Townwatch captain in Sanford, Florida. It wasn’t just the senseless brutality or the racial implications that moved me. It was Trayvon’s smiling picture. He looked like an…

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