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2009-09-15 01:15:00

Growing up with Catholic, control-freak parents who urged my brother, sister and me to keep our expectations low for fear of disappointment, I vowed that I would always believe in my own kids, and tell them to work hard and reach for the stars. So, when my only son was very young and announced he wanted to be an astronaut, I said, Awesome! He was greeted with the same reaction when he promised to single-handedly carry on the late Steve Irwin's international wildlife conservation efforts. And...

2009-09-10 01:15:00

(Editor's note: Sometimes it's hard to tell whether you're tackling motherhood in the 21st century -- or being tackled by it. This is the latest in a series of reflections by UPI writers.) SKOKIE, Ill., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Ah, young love. My son came in for Labor Day weekend and got up at 5 a.m. Monday to go to the beach and watch the sunrise with his girlfriend. It must be love. My 18-year-old son wouldn't get up that early for any other reason now that he doesn't have to go to swim practice....

2009-08-25 01:15:00

I should have seen this coming. I've always known my son was too much like me. When I took him to kindergarten the first time, he never looked back. I'm told I did the same thing. And the second time he went to overnight camp, I think I got one postcard. So why did I think he'd want to spend some quality time with us when we dropped his stuff at at his dorm at the University of Illinois in Urbana? Cockeyed optimist, I guess. He did go to dinner with us. And we had a late lunch with him the...

2008-10-10 03:00:09

By McAlister, Joan Faber When I entered graduate school at the University of Iowa in 1996,1 had a partner, but no children. When I applied for my first tenure track job at Drake University in 2004, we had three children under the age of four. Looking back, I now think that my experiences moving through graduate school, completing the dissertation while navigating the job market, and progressing toward tenure illustrate how the culture of academia encourages us to live the life of the mind...

2008-10-08 03:00:07

By Bloch, Lucienne S A PERSON I HADN'T thought of in decades sprang to mind recently with the zing of an arrow released from a bow. I was waiting for a bus on Lexington Avenue, headed downtown to a movie. There was no one else at the bus stop. The bus arrived, the doors opened, the driver glanced at me and, suddenly, the bus kneeled. Me? old? visibly past my prime? I stared at that lowered step, then I glared daggers at the driver, and then I boarded the bus remembering: Looking her age...

2008-10-02 15:00:37

By EUNNIE PARK, STAFF WRITER WHO: Diahann Carroll WHAT: "The Legs Are the Last to Go: Aging, Acting, Marrying and Other Things I Learned the Hard Way." WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday. WHERE: Bookends, 232 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood. 201-445- 0726; book-ends.com. Diahann Carroll has done a lot, seen a lot, and learned a lot during her six decades in the limelight. And in "The Legs Are the Last to Go," she spills a lot, too. In her 267-page memoir, which was released this week, the 73-...

2008-09-22 15:00:33

By DAVID HOROVITZ Paul McCartney, just turned 15, was introduced to John Lennon, all of 16, at a church fete in Woolton, Liverpool, at which Lennon's skiffle group, The Quarrymen, was playing. The older boy, so legend has it, was impressed by McCartney's familiarity with rock and roll music and his facility with a guitar. For one thing, he knew how to tune it properly. The year was 1957. McCartney, who had already started penning his own songs (he still sometimes plays his first...

2008-09-16 09:00:33

By Interview by Paul Dalgarno PERFORMING AS THE STREETS IS really fun now because there are so many songs to choose from. It doesn't ever feel like we're playing anything average. In the UK, everything is leaning towards indie bands at the moment and I feel lucky that I'm still kind of hanging on to relevance. AT SCHOOL I WAS MUSICAL AND had good success with girls but I don't think you'd say I was cool. Nowadays, kids would have a MySpace page and the other kids would know about their...

2008-09-10 21:00:21

By CHELSEY WINTRINGER Education means pretty much the world to me; I grew up in a poor family in a poor neighborhood with my mom, brother and sister. I never though about my future much. I always thought, "I can't afford anything, how can I afford a future?" Nobody in my family has made it through college. They have either dropped out of high school or dropped out of their first year of college. Only one person in my family has made it through college and that's my aunt. The only person....

2008-09-02 00:00:06

By Tessie Lim GEORGE W. Bush said: "I'm the decider." He also said "the vast majority of our imports come from outside the country", "it's important for folks to understand... when there's more trade, there's more commerce" and that "one year ago today, the time for excuse-making has come to an end." Poor Bush. He's been the butt of jokes since he became America's 43rd president. Apparently his gaffes haven't stopped. Recently, when commenting on the impeachment of Pervez Musharraf, all he...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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