Pandora's litter-box

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- Epigraph: "Let not that devil, which undoes your sex, That cursed curiosity, seduce you To hunt for needless secrets; which neglected Shall never hurt your quiet, but once more…

Travel channeling

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- Did I dream this, or can there really be television channels that show only virtual vacations, video tours for couch potatoes? Destination after destination, but no journey, no more…

FleaBay: City life, Part II

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- We were having our block's annual fall flea market, and it was the perfect day. Sunny, slight breeze, few clouds, lots of residents participating; there were sidewalks jammed more…

Killer on the loose

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- While "America's Mayor" Ed Rendell has been flashing his bad comb-over on national telly as -- shudder -- the new head of the Democratic National Committee, the city more…

Everything's beautiful?

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- Beauty was in the air, everywhere I turned. So much so, I felt like I was trapped in that Robert Benigno movie improbably named (shudder) "Life Is Beautiful!" more…

A flirty rebuttal

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- Calling all Girls, calling all Girls! Man run amok behind computer! Two-armed and dangerous! Will stop at nothing to portray female advances in a horrific light. Subject is more…

Hard labor

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- This is before the invention of aerobics: Sally Field leaps atop a table in the middle of a factory and implores the overworked lady workers to halt: They more…

'Dragon lady'

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- It was a vile day and I was in a vile mood. Robert Downey Jr., serving a stiff jail sentence for using drugs, wasn't a criminal, he was more…

'The whine cellar'

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- My married friend "Doris" and I were happily headed on another sunny summer Sunday morning jaunt to one of our favorite haunts, a flea market in New Jersey. more…

'Laptops of the Gods'

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- Just when I was getting used to the notion of cyber-confessions and electronic communion from the hip, with-it, now Catholic Church, I learn an American Roman Catholic newspaper more…