December 26, 2013 |
Sometimes the past trips you up. It certainly does Frank, the escaped con played by Josh Brolin in Jason Reitman's new drama, "Labor Day. " It definitely unravels Adele, the reclusive single mother Kate Winslet makes so fragile. It is already a defining factor for 13-year-old Henry, played by newcomer Gattlin Griffith, by the time Frank comes into their lives. What I didn't anticipate is the way the past might trip up the filmmaker. "Labor Day" is only Reitman's fifth movie, but one of the distinguishing features in his films - from 2006's "Thank You for Smoking" through "Juno" in 2007, "Up in the Air" in 2009 and 2011's "Young Adult" - is how carefully constructed they are. The dialogue may be loose, the characters quite frequently a mess, but the progression of the film from beginning to end, and the narrative links, are always solid.
October 10, 2013 |
The documentary "McConkey" chronicles the life of Shane McConkey, professional skier turned base-jumper who eventually combined both passions. Raised by his mother, McConkey aspired as a child to follow in his absent father's footsteps and become a speed skier. Starved for attention, he was an anarchist during his school years. Unable to make the U.S. ski team, he discovered extreme skiing through the 1988 documentary "The Blizzard of Aahhh's" and sought to attempt the skiing and parachuting stunt from "The Spy Who Loved Me. " McConkey would tempt fate in a few ski documentaries himself.
September 7, 2013 |
Single mothers are less happy than other American women. But over time, the happiness gap has shrunk, with single mothers saying they are happier than their counterparts from decades ago, a new study shows. The report, published online in the Journal of Happiness Studies, tracks how women answered questions on a nationally representative survey between 1972 and 2008. When the researchers tried to tease out what made single mothers less happy, they found that the biggest factor was being single.
June 23, 2013 |
I was a Harvard-educated doctor, yet I couldn't save my mother from dying of an easily preventable disease. I am determined that her death will not have been in vain. In retrospect, it's not surprising that my mother ignored her early symptoms. She had survived by ignoring hardship her entire life. Abandoned by her mother when she was just 6 weeks old, she shuttled between the various homes of relatives. Her refuge was a makeshift bedroom -- a cot on the floor of her grandmother's closet.
May 29, 2013 |
Moms are the top or sole breadwinner in 40% of households with kids in America, a record high rate, according to a new study . The research by the Pew Research Center, released Wednesday, is based on an analysis of Census data. The rate of breadwinning moms has risen significantly from 1960 when it was 11%. The breadwinning moms represent either women with children under 18 who earn more than their husbands or single mothers, according to the study. These women number about 11 million.
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November 30, 2012 |
I've been thinking a lot lately about single mothers - the concept and the people. Maybe it's because I'm still receiving emails from agitated readers about my column crediting single mothers , among others, with helping reelect President Obama. That sounded to some, as one reader put it, like "tacit encouragement of single-parent over two-parent homes. " Or maybe it's because we're getting close to the date on the calendar when my husband died 19 years ago - leaving me with three little girls to raise, and shoving me into a demographic I never imagined I would join.