Anatomy of a bomb scare

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- Mid-morning, in the heart of a major American city, something's wrong, very wrong. A high-rise building's alarm goes off a block from City Hall in Philadelphia, and everyone's more…

Mothers and others

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- My old friend "Ginny" – wife, mother, grandmother, artist – called right after dinner the other evening, sounding like she was in tears, the way she was the more…

Popemania and pizza perfection

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- The very same Sunday the visiting pope ties up ground and air traffic throughout the East coast of the United States of America on planet Earth, my fondest more…

Taxes of evil?

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- Year after year, I'd get an income tax extension, have my accountant send in whatever money I owed to the seemingly insatiable IRS, the state and the city more…

Voting rites, Pennsylvania-style

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- So congratulate me already! Suddenly and without much provocation or premeditation, I precipitously changed my voter registration recently. I did it so I can vote in the upcoming more…

Guns are in our blood?

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- Last week's column on carnage in our cities prompted this thoughtful, illuminating missive from Illinois attorney and novelist Robert Isham Auler, author of the forthcoming thriller "Keep and more…

Rat City: Crime's undeclared war against us all

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- The other evening, I was walking home around 10 p.m. along Philadelphia's much ballyhooed Avenue of the Arts, a pricey cultural corridor formerly known in its less glitzy more…

O Canada! A kinder, gentler nation

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- With more and more Americans moving to Canada seeking a kinder, gentler country, smarter leaders and better health insurance, my last trip to our nice neighbor nation to more…

Kiss me, I'm not Irish, er, am I?

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- Editors note: A somewhat different and much longer version of this column originally appeared in WND March 17, 1999. In a former life, I may have been an more…