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January 17, 2014 | Chris Erskine
Beginning today, Chris Erskine returns to the home front , with musings on love, life and the bittersweet joys of children moving back home. Remember dropping your first kid off at college? It was like a knife wound, right? Never thought you'd recover, never thought you'd ever be the same tribe rambling around in the family wagon on weekends again - which was true. Once you let them out of the cage like that, you never really get them back in that same cozy way. But just when you come to terms with the change and adjust to a less kid-centric life, they are back.
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HOME & GARDEN
January 17, 2014 | Chris Erskine
Beginning today, Chris Erskine returns to the home front , with musings on love, life and the bittersweet joys of children moving back home. Remember dropping your first kid off at college? It was like a knife wound, right? Never thought you'd recover, never thought you'd ever be the same tribe rambling around in the family wagon on weekends again - which was true. Once you let them out of the cage like that, you never really get them back in that same cozy way. But just when you come to terms with the change and adjust to a less kid-centric life, they are back.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2004 | AL MARTINEZ
AND so September comes, an intermingling of mist on the ocean and heat in the Valley, teasing with its hint of a new season but clinging to the old. Also arriving, this election year, is an increase in the clanging and banging of presidential campaigning, with its assertions, accusations, recriminations and denials. Big lies triumph over feeble explanations, and cynical manipulations twist truth into distorted forms.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2013 | By Sam Adams
"I'm tired of being funny," sighs West L.A. single mom Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) in Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said," as she lies next to the man she's just had sex with, the will-we-or-won't-we pressure of their early dates finally ebbing. "Me too," he sighs back. What about Louis-Dreyfus? "Oh, yeah," she says in her Baltimore hotel after a day on the set of her HBO political comedy "Veep," blowing air between pursed lips to add an unspoken, "Are you kidding?" FULL COVERAGE: Oscars 2014 "I relate to [that moment]
NEWS
August 10, 1994 | Compiled from Times staff and news services
An increasing number of grandparents are being forced to cope with the fact that their empty nests are being filled by grandchildren for whom they must care. More than 3.3 million children live with grandparents who are their primary caregivers or legal guardians, a 41% increase over 1980, according to Census Bureau figures reported in Good Housekeeping.
REAL ESTATE
February 5, 1995 | RUTH RYON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
MICHAEL CAINE, who recently finished shooting the spy thriller "Bullet to Beijing" in Russia, and his wife Shakira, a jewelry designer, have put their Beverly Hills home of three years on the market at $2.3 million. "He was here (in January) for three weeks and that was the first time he's been here in over a year. So he thinks it's ridiculous to have a house that is empty most of the time," said the actor's longtime publicist, Jerry Pam.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 1992 | SUSAN KING
"I don't understand people who want to leave a good job," reflects Dinah Manoff, who plays the cynical Carol on NBC's hit comedy "Empty Nest." "To me, without being terribly judgmental, those are people who haven't gone through their stint of being out of work for long periods of time." Manoff, 33, says she and fellow "Empty Nest" stars Kristy McNichol and Richard Mulligan have all "been hot and cold.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 1988 | LEE MARGULIES
Was it something the politicians said? America's television viewers were in a mood to laugh last week: Eight of the 10 most-watched programs were comedies. Topping the A. C. Nielsen charts released Tuesday were long-time favorite "The Cosby Show" on NBC and ABC's newcomer "Roseanne." The only other first-year show to crack the Top 10 was NBC's "Empty Nest," at No. 9. * Not all returning series were enthusiastically welcomed back, however.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2000 | BRIAN LOWRY and SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Richard Mulligan, the rubber-faced actor best known for his Emmy-winning comedic roles in the television series "Soap" and "Empty Nest," has died. He was 67. Mulligan, who died Tuesday at his home in Hollywood after a long battle with cancer, earned an Emmy in 1989 for his performance in "Empty Nest," in which he played Dr. Harry Weston, the widowed father of three grown daughters.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 1988 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, Times Television Critic
The peacock is the early bird as NBC continues to get the fall-season jump on ABC and CBS--this time with the premiere of a zingy, zesty comedy called "Empty Nest" following the return of "Golden Girls." Airing at 9:30 tonight on Channels 4, 36 and 39, "Empty Nest" introduces Miami pediatrician Harry Weston (Richard Mulligan), a mid-50ish widower who lives alone, but within frequent visiting range of his two bickering eldest daughters.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Julia Louis-Dreyfus takes her phone out of her purse in the middle of lunch to show off a photo that's served as her screen saver for the last three years. It's a shot of the actress, her husband, Brad Hall, and their two sons just before they left their eldest on the doorstep of his new college. It's also the picture that helped her land the lead role in Nicole Holofcener's new movie, "Enough Said. " "Seeing how emotional she was about her son going away … it was a big topic," said Holofcener, 53, recalling how Louis-Dreyfus, 52, turned to the snapshot when they first met to discuss empty nest syndrome and the film's protagonist, a divorcée contending with the wild emotions associated with sending her child off into the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2012 | Sandy Banks
I've been receiving plenty of parental feedback from readers of my Saturday column about the inconvenience of absorbing adult children back into a family that was heading gleefully toward empty nest status. Most shared their own familial irritations: the requests for vegan meals, penchant for loud, late-night TV, and those teeny, tiny thongs (how could that possibly be underwear?) that wind up in mom's laundry. Their message came through loud and clear: We love you guys.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2012 | Sandy Banks
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2011 | By Mary McNamara, Tribune Newspapers
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 | CHRIS ERSKINE
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2009 | Glenn Whipp; Robert Abele; Kevin Thomas; Gary Goldstein
"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.
MAGAZINE
November 5, 1995 | Aaron Betsky
"A symphony of light" is how the owners describe this newly revamped '60s suburban tract house in Tarzana. With its enormous windows, expanses of blond wood and rippled aluminum, the formerly unremarkable interior now seems to shimmer on sunny days along the back slope of the Santa Monica Mountains. The couple--she's an artist, he's a doctor--turned to Santa Monica-based architects Kevin Daly and Chris Genik for help soon after their three children moved out.
NEWS
September 12, 1990 | SHERRY ANGEL
Even those who think they are ready for an empty nest may find themselves in crisis after the kids leave home, therapists say. It helps to know that it's normal to go through a wide range of emotions, including sadness, guilt and fear, says Mickie Shapiro, a Costa Mesa psychotherapist. She offers the following suggestions on how to cope: * Give yourself a certain amount of time to get over your difficulties--and be generous. Then set aside 10 minutes each day to focus on your loss.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2009 | Charlotte Stoudt
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 | SANDY BANKS
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?
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