| Jan 17, 2013
| 12:58 PM
(Reuters) - Facts about Pauline Phillips, better known as Abigail Van Buren, the Dear Abby advice columnist:
* Phillips and her identical twin, Esther, who wrote the rival Ann Landers advice column, married their husbands in a joint ceremony in 1939 at...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 3:12 PM
Pauline Friedman Phillips, who wrote the "Dear Abby" advice column for decades using the name Abigail Van Buren, died Wednesday in Minneapolis at age 94. She had been afflicted with Alzheimer's.
Her advice columns were collected in a number of books,...
| Jan 17, 2013
| 7:11 PM
Dear Abby: "What would you do with a man who refuses to use a deodorant, seldom bathes, and doesn't even own a toothbrush?"
"Absolutely nothing," she replied.
The wry answer from Abigail Van Buren — the pen name of Pauline Friedman Phillips...
| Jan 21, 2013
I expect that doctors in the delivery room will soon hoist up newborns and proclaim, "Congratulations! It's a brand!"
That's the world we live in, folks. We're no longer just people — we're warm-blooded versions of Nike or Budweiser or, in my...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 7:30 AM
A friend of mine on the opposite coast is a crossdresser considering transitioning. He came out to a female friend he had known for a long time but hadn't seen in a while, and she told her that she wanted her to come to her house fully dressed for some...
| Dec 19, 2012
| 9:06 AM
It's winter (almost)! (Also, gross). That means it's time for another quick 'n' dirty-style advice column. Grab some mulled wine and come sit on my knee. If you missed the fall quickies, read 'em at your leisure. It is winter, after all, what else are you...
| Feb 11, 2013
| 5:44 PM
One of the problems with plays dominated by collegiate sexuality — and there is no shortage of graphic undergraduate sex in Christopher Shinn's “Teddy Ferrara” — is that if you are a few years removed from that particular time of...
| Feb 15, 2013
You know an interesting evening is brewing when it starts in Billy Corgan's Highland Park tea shop, with the rock singer/businessman holding forth with a hopeful conversation about bringing new cultural offerings to the north suburbs.
| Mar 6, 2013
| 1:42 PM
Los Angeles blogger Barbara "Cutie" Cooper has seen a lot in her 96 years: the Prohibition era, World War II, children, grandchildren, a 73-year marriage, the death of her husband Harry in 2010 at age 98, 18 presidents, and countless technological...
| Mar 21, 2013
| 5:36 AM
Welcome to spring! It’ll still be cold for two more months, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream about putting our ski masks away and of summer hookups to come. With a new season comes a new quick ‘n’ dirty column, advice for...
| Dec 9, 2012
By some accounts, most Americans have done it. They've repacked, rewrapped and resent unwanted presents to a new recipient.
A survey in October 2011 by home fashion retailer HomeGoods found that more than half of the 1,000-plus respondents had regifted,...