February 27, 2013 |
A fascinating standoff between realism and stylization underpins “What May Fall” at Theatre of NOTE. Peter Gil-Sheridan's worthy, albeit quirky drama, in which a fatal plunge from a high-rise carries significant consequences for those who witnessed it, receives an inventive West Coast premiere. Inspired by an actual event in Minneapolis, the narrative frames realistic exchanges between some well-drawn characters with third-person commentaries amid the vignettes. There's hangdog Mercy (Christopher Nieman)
December 9, 2012 |
Most people think I write just to get noticed. I don't see another reason beyond getting paid, and that has to rankle some people - that I get paid to be me. I know there's probably a higher calling, like informing the masses for the public good. That's fine, so long as the public is good about noticing who is informing them. But beyond that, if you write it makes sense to get noticed or you won't be writing any more. Or worst, you might be assigned to cover horse racing or boxing.
November 18, 2012 |
Dear Liz: I recently bought a new car, and the dealer, after running a credit check, told me my Experian score was 783. I have had only credit cards and no loans. This is my first auto loan. They gave me a 3.5% interest rate and I took it reluctantly. I do not like the rate and the need to pay huge interest over time, and am considering paying off the loan as soon as possible as there are no pre-payment penalties. If I am able to pay off my loan in a couple of months (instead of the original five-year loan term)
October 20, 2012 |
The nearly 40,000 people at Anaheim's Angel Stadium raised their hands toward the sky, enduring triple-digit heat to receive a message of hope delivered by thunderous drums and amplified guitars. In the stands, children swayed alongside the elderly, while teenagers wearing T-shirts emblazoned with Bible passages danced with abandon. "Time has faded and we see him face to face," sang Bart Millard, the ruddy-faced frontman of MercyMe, as fans nodded their assent. "Every doubt erased, forever we will worship the King.
October 3, 2012 |
It's been a rough week. A few days ago, at UCLA's Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, 6-year-old Jani toppled a food cart and was confined to her room. She slammed her head against the floor, opening a bloody cut that sent her into hysterics. Later, she kicked the hospital therapy dog. Jani normally likes animals. But most of her animal friends -- cats, rats, dogs and birds -- are phantoms that only she can see. January Schofield has schizophrenia. Potent psychiatric drugs -- in doses that would stagger most adults -- seem to skip off her. She is among the rarest of the rare: a child seemingly born mentally ill. She suffers from delusions, hallucinations and paroxysms of rage so severe that not even her parents feel safe.
August 10, 2012 |
Murder or mercy killing? One story that dominated headlines this week raised that question in a particularly dramatic fashion: An Ohio man is accused of shooting to death his ailing wife of 45 years, possibly as part of a "death pact" promise to prevent her from suffering. In the coming years, many other Americans will be wrestling with similar questions about how, and when, to end their own lives or the life of a loved one. "This is going to become one of the great social challenges of the next 20 years," predicted Arthur Caplan, one of the nation's foremost bioethicists and director of the division of medical ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center.