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August 11, 2012 |
I desperately missed my youngest child when she was far from home this year, studying for six months in Denmark. But her five weeks back home this summer left me ready to pack her stuff, load the boxes in my car and drive her up to San Francisco this week for her final year of college. Now I'm back to just one grown daughter - a college grad with a part-time job - living with me at home. And that is more than enough for this parented-out single mom. I love my three girls - young women now, at 26, 23 and 21. I enjoy their company and am glad they still like spending time with Mom. But there's only so much "Sex in the City," Wiz Khalifa and "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" that a mother can stand.
November 19, 2011 |
It was always the fragile balance of opposing forces that made Diane Keaton's face so remarkable - those tilted melancholy eyes above that frequent and infectious smile. She seemed in a perpetual state of emotional contradiction, which is one of the things that made her such a perfect match, at least on film, for Woody Allen, who as history's most hopeful pessimist is a master juggler himself. So it's not surprising that Keaton's memoir, "Then Again," is also an elusive sort of work, part autobiography, part daughterly paean, part love letter to her own children, a book in which portions of her mother's journals and details of her parents' travails in old age far outnumber the on-set anecdotes and glamour shots.
HOME & GARDEN
August 15, 2009 |
Several large IKEA bags rest outside the little girl's bedroom door. She is leaving for college soon. By all estimates, she will barely sleep her freshman year, yet she seems to need $300 in bedding. So be it. I try to pick my battles. The other day, I got up early with the little guy, let his mother sleep in, and fixed him a fine breakfast of pistachios and leftover McDonald's milkshake, which he guzzled, naturally. So I followed that with some fried egg whites -- cooked slowly in little poker chips of fresh butter -- toast on the side, crumbs everywhere.
May 1, 2009 |
"Break" contains all the elements you'd expect from a hard-boiled Quentin Tarantino knockoff: the complicated hit men, the fetishes, the blood baths, not to mention the presence of Michael Madsen and David Carradine.
January 21, 2009 |
Long before Marley gave Jennifer Aniston marital advice, A.R. Gurney considered love from a dog's-eye view. "Sylvia," his droll comedy of male menopause, is receiving a crisply entertaining revival by Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities at the Hermosa Beach Playhouse, thanks to the bounding energy of Kimberly Patterson in the title role. Gurney's play isn't that old -- it premiered in 1995, starring Sarah Jessica Parker -- but it already feels like a minor classic. "Sylvia's" irresistible conceit of an actress playing a dog with a human voice but canine logic articulates the fervent, undignified need for unconditional love that pets bring out in us. Somewhere just off Central Park, financier Greg (Don Fowler)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2008 |
It took four phone calls to get her through the stir-fried chicken -- the first dinner my 19-year-old daughter tried to cook in her new apartment this week. How much oil? How big do you cut the pieces? How many breasts will it take to feed four people? How do you know when the meat is finished cooking? By the time I finished answering her questions, I had a question of my own: What kind of mother have I been if my nearly-grown child can't figure out how to use a wok, knife and wooden spoon to prepare a simple chicken dinner?