February 4, 2011 |
Tim, a New York City firefighter, knew instinctively when his co-worker and best friend, Terry, cocked his head and wordlessly indicated that he was heading into a flaming World Trade Center tower that it was the last time he would see him. Ling, who was burned in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, could do little for months afterward but sit on the couch and watch "Murder, She Wrote. " Basically, "here's this little old lady who somehow figures everything out," she says was her reaction to the show, and it brought her a strange comfort.
November 20, 2012 |
Taking its name from the tail number of a crashed airplane, “One November Yankee” at the NoHo Arts Center is about a disaster rather than being a disaster, which is always the better side of the equation for a new play to be on. Still, there's room for improvement in playwright-director Joshua Ravetch's meditation on the aftermath of tragedy told through three interwoven stories about conflicted brothers and sisters played by screen and stage...
February 4, 2006
David Ehrenstein sees "Brokeback Mountain" as just "a well-closeted romance" (Opinion, Feb. 1), missing its compelling demonstration of the tragedy of the closet. That may not be particularly controversial to him, but it is to many. He forgets that the political movement whose success made the film possible was also led by "chameleons," as gays were taught to be. ROGER JANEWAY Los Angeles
December 14, 2012 |
For retired school psychologist Cathy Paine, the shooting in Newtown, Conn., evoked painful memories of that day nearly 15 years ago when her school district suffered a similar tragedy. Paine, 63, was one of the first counselors to arrive at Thurston High School in Springfield, Ore., after a student opened fire in the cafeteria, killing two and wounding 25. Today, she belongs to the National Assn. of School Psychologists and leads a team that provides assistance to schools, families and communities dealing with crisis.
May 27, 2013 |
MOORE, Okla. - Preston and Nikki McCurtain are exhausted. It's been a week since a massive tornado tore through this Oklahoma City suburb, leaving thousands homeless and 24 dead, including 10 children. Seven were students at Plaza Towers Elementary School, where Nikki McCurtain was about to finish her first year as a fourth-grade teacher. As Nikki grieves - one of her 26 students lost a sibling, and she knows the children who died - her husband helps others with their pain. He manages Moore Funeral and Cremation in this wounded city.