Re-gifting queen survives near-disaster

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- Weekends in downtown Philly, depending on the weather, a pleasant and kindly middle-aged woman let's call "Kate" sets up a festive flea-market sidewalk sale in front of the more…

NOLA still on my mind

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- I rode out Hurricane Katrina on my roof by holding on to a rope for four hours in one of the most devastated areas of the New Orleans more…

Ring-tone realities: Nothing but noise!

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- I often take long-distance public transit, so I get to hear more than my share of cell phones ringing – the horror! – or, in the parlance of more…

Madonna mia!

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- When I heard serious Jews are seriously upset Madonna, yes, that one, has proclaimed herself "an ambassador for Judaism," I realized it was time to dust off Yetta, more…

My dad's piece of the rock

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- Have you ever noticed sometimes the simplest thing can become a Defining Moment, radically altering your entire mental landscape in an instant? Friend of mine, let's call her more…

Science proves chimps smarter than politicians

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- Editors note: Today's column is purely an imaginative work of political satire, mixing actual headline events of the day with invented consequences.In what's not just another case of more…

Hire this: Exploring the USA's real job economy

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- How about the blatant chutzpah of a certain presidential candidate who reportedly claimed, during a Dumb-O-Crap MeTube debate, "Sure, I'd work for minimum wage." That, according to the more…

The Spy Channel

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- Editors Note: Today's column is political satire, mixing reports of actual news events with invented parodic consequences. Leaders in the United States are closely scrutinizing China's imminent launch more…