Carmageddon? The eco-joys of pedestrianism

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- Some say the single most impactful thing one human being can do for the eco-survival of the planet is... don't have a car. That's me! Which pretty much more…

Are critics really necessary?

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- Finally, a restaurant's suing a food critic for libel! Yes, this man-bites-dog fiasco transpired, where else, in Philly, reportedly over a three-sentence newspaper "review" insulting an eatery's strip more…

Pardon me?

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- How is it possible nearly simultaneous with the precise instant of "Scooter" Libby's perjury "conviction," the word "pardon" is immediately mentioned in public, and not in connection with more…

Entertainment Nation: Vote this way?

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- So, let's do it. If "American Idol" has really seized the nation's attention span the way its devotees insist, why not stage a similar and even more over-the-top more…

A valentine for my mama's treasures

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- Now, I want to sell my house and move, so I am downsizing. I pay a guy a few bucks to bring heavy boxes up out of my more…

The Mozart Effect: 1% for art?

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- The other week my gracious and culturally inclined friend "Iris," not her real name, invited me to the movies. Actually, it was a filmed version of the recent more…

America's split personality

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- Lately, have you noticed America has become more and more like an afflicted mind with a splitting headache from holding two dissimilar, even conflicting, ideas at once? Life more…

Canine confessions of Fideau

by Maralyn Lois Polak -- Editors note: Today's column is an imagined work of satire and invention, intended purely for entertainment purposes.So I see those hyper-literary McGreeveys are at it again. Not only more…