Senseless pleasures

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- Used to know a famous writer of books and movies when he was a Philly journalist, guy by the name of "Zeke Parker." Parker, as he was worshipfully more…

Babewatch: Monica and me

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- I am really worried about Monica. Yeah, THAT Monica. The Big Lewinsky. My niggling concern for her has just metastasized into full-blown worry. She was in a kinda more…

Feng Shui nation

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- Donald Trump did it. So did Halle Berry. And Johnny Depp. And Liam Neeson. To say nothing of Britain's Prince Edward and his bride, Sophie Rhys-Jones. If "The more…

Slugging it out

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- I killed a dozen slugs the other day, and it is not something I feel proud about. I doused them with salt, and watched them wither. Before that, more…

Missing!

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- Right after my friend's husband recently vanished without a trace, I saw a big bare foot and part of a blue-jean leg poking out of the bottom of more…

Cuba on my mind

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- Sometimes I think I would rather watch movies and listen to music than eat or sleep or even (blush) you know. When my friends Werner and Cathy and more…

The Carpetbaggers

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- Have you noticed, Carpetbaggers are IN for the millennium. The political process seems to be accommodating them excitedly like exotic mutant strands of DNA seductively beckoning to a more…

Stupid human tricks, Part 1: twisted sisters

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- It must have been something astrological. Or plate tectonics. Maybe contrails. Aspartame. Red shift. Sunspots. La Nina. Fluoride in the water. El Nino. Millennial madness. A mix-up in more…

The soccer mom

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- She was a soccer mom, Sarah Jane Olson was, and a doctor's wife, living in an ivy-covered house in the suburbs with their three young daughters in the more…

The paranoia industry: ready or not

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- There we were, three chicks with dyed black hair, getting ready for the end of the world. "I'm getting two knives," Polly says. "I'm getting a water purifier," more…