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April 16, 2007
Re "A threat of cancer, a drastic decision," Column One, April 13 No article that I have ever read in The Times has moved me so much as Anna Gorman's Column One. For the benefit of others who may face similar medical problems, Gorman has exhibited outstanding character by making public some very personal aspects about herself and her family. It is obvious that her medical expenses have been very costly. No righteous person should complain because they arose due to no fault of Gorman's.
April 13, 2007 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
MY dad did everything he could to look his best that morning. He shaved, brushed his hair and changed into a clean shirt. I stepped into his room, where he lay on his bed, propped up with pillows. His face was pale and his eyelids heavy; an oxygen tube hung around his neck. I sat down beside him and handed him my daughter, who was just 4 days old. This was their first meeting. He looked down at her and softly touched her hair, then looked me in the eye.
January 29, 2007 | Amy Wallen, Special to The Times
ERIKA SCHICKEL, the author of "You're Not the Boss of Me," is the girlfriend we had in high school and college who was soda-through-the-nose hilarious. We never imagined her as a mother, but in this collection of essays, Schickel shows us how that zany girlfriend became a mom. Quirkiness aside, she's the mom we should all aspire to be: real. Schickel takes us beyond the facade, letting us see inside the woman who saw everything as a joke.
January 23, 2007 | Maura Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
It probably wasn't chance that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's first public event after announcing her interest in running for president -- a stop at a New York health center named for the Chelsea and Clinton neighborhoods -- echoed the name of her daughter. Nor was it chance that the new speaker of the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, took up her gavel for the first time earlier this year surrounded by children, including some of her grandchildren.
December 10, 2006 | Bruce Wallace, Times Staff Writer
Faced with a tumbling birthrate and women souring on the idea of marriage and family, the South Korean government is reaching out to a small group of people believed to have the power to avert a demographic catastrophe: prime-time drama writers. Last month, the Planned Population Federation of Korea held a two-day seminar for writers of TV soaps and dramas and urged them to create more situations that show happy mothers with their children.
May 19, 2006 | Charlotte Stoudt
Watch out. Mama Bear is in the house -- and craving a peanut butter and pickle sandwich -- in Alex Peabody's solo show "Keeping Faith," about facing parenthood as a gay man. When his partner's single sister calls to ask if the couple would like to adopt the child she's unexpectedly conceived, thirtysomething Peabody suddenly finds himself face to face with his lifelong dream: being "Sadie, the Married Lady," with a loving husband and a baby. But will he be up to the challenge?
April 27, 2006
Re "Guilty moms, the next generation," Opinion, April 22 So how did the 1950s become the platonic ideal of motherhood? From sitcom reruns? In my own seemingly normal family, my father worked until 8 or 9 p.m. and left most of the child-rearing up to my mother, who was, in turn, constantly harried from chasing after the ever-vanishing goal of perfect homemaker. Stay-at-home motherhood was never ideal, and it's not really a possibility for most of us. So let's follow Meghan Daum's advice about freeing our daughters from future guilt and try to work with what we have: making day care affordable and nurturing, creating decent public schools with quality after-school care, giving mothers and fathers paid family leave (following the Scandinavian model)
October 28, 2005 | Erika Schickel, Special to The Times
IN her fifth book, "Above Us Only Sky," Marion Winik again uses her personal life as the substance of her work. Here, Winik tells tales large and small, from a stirring piece about seeing her late husband's features in her sleeping son's face to a lighthearted diatribe against kids' team sports. Throughout the book, Winik presents herself as the anti-soccer mom she is, full of unpopular opinions, droll observations and war stories from a life lived with passion and risk.
September 29, 2005
Writer, satirist, public radio commentator and performer Sandra Tsing Loh, whose off-Broadway solo shows have included "Bad Sex With Bud Kemp" and "Aliens," premieres her newest solo show. In "Mother on Fire," directed by David Schweizer with Bart DeLorenzo, Loh draws on her adventures in parenting to explore motherhood amid the chaos of an inflated housing market, peanut allergies and the chain-link-fenced world of public schools. Loh is donating her proceeds to public schools.
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