September 11, 2013 |
Brian Sanders' Junk's production for the 2013 Fringe Festival, Hush Now Sweet High Heels and Oak , swings between childhood dreams and nightmares. Set to a haunting score of familiar lullabies created by his sister, Stephanie Sanders, this show, at the 23d Street Armory, departs from his usual dark, hard, techno look and sound from past Fringe seasons. The glowy white, softly draping set consists of huge banners hung from the rafters over three white-sheeted beds, a parachute covering a raised mound of sand beneath, and an "oak tree" that reaches to the ceiling of the armory.
February 6, 2013
PARENTS LOOK forward to their children going through stages, such as first steps and first words. Even that first time on the potty can look pretty good when you've been changing diapers for a year. But as children grow into preteens, we start to dread the next stage or the newest "first. " Not because our kids are so terrible, but because we were so terrible. When I was in fifth grade, for instance, I didn't want to listen to my teacher. I needed to make bad decisions, and I needed to make them consistently.
January 12, 2013 |
Driving is dangerous enough without people falling asleep at the wheel, so on Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration urged patients and doctors to lower the bedtime doses of a common insomnia drug, which was prescribed about 40 million times in 2011. The new safety warnings are for the sleep drug zolpidem, which is sold as a generic and under the brand names Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar, and Zolpimist. The new warnings came after clinical tests for a recently approved drug were coupled with tests involving driving simulators.
February 7, 2012
DEAR ABBY : I just read the letter from a fellow frustrated night-shifter, "Working a 40-Hour Week at Age 73. " I have worked 12-hour shifts for many years to accommodate our family life. I thoroughly agree that the rest of the world does not understand! I've had the strangest requests from people because I'm home during the day. My solution has been to turn off our home phone. This year I made a laminated sign for my front door, asking for peace and quiet. It says, "Please do not ring my doorbell.
November 9, 2011
DEAR ABBY : My son invited two friends to our home for the weekend. We had never met them before, but they seemed nice. At bedtime, the young man was on the couch and the girl was in our spare bedroom. In the middle of the night, I was awakened to loud lovemaking noises. They grew louder and louder, and the headboard was banging against our bedroom wall. My husband and I were mortified. Finally, I banged on the wall and it stopped. We couldn't believe these kids would act that way in someone's home.
August 2, 2011
1. Keep a regular schedule. Try not to vary your sleep time by more than an hour. The brain likes consistency. 2. Allow yourself eight hours. You can't cram a full night's sleep into half a night. 3. Ease into sleep. Relax for awhile (light reading, soft music) before you go to bed. 4. Avoid bright lights (TVs and computers) close to bedtime. Don't expect to turn off the lights and turn off your brain. 5. Get regular exercise. Exercise is one of the best prescriptions for good sleep, but don't exercise too close to bedtime.
July 8, 2011 |
On Saturday, you can help animals prepare for bedtime, learn about the environment, and watch a puppet show at Philadelphia Zoo's Sunset Safari. From 4 to 8 p.m., visitors can observe animal keepers as they feed the zoo's inhabitants, such as the African lion, the Humboldt penguin, and the Rodrigues fruit bat, whose species was saved from extinction. While watching the feeding, zookeepers will talk about the Footprints program, which uses an integrative approach to addressing global climate change.
June 14, 2011 |
Bedtime is a battleground. Just try to find a parental chore that's harder than getting an unwilling toddler down for the night. "Sleep is a hot button," says Adam Mansbach, who gives that button a push with his new book Go the F- to Sleep (Akashic Books, $14.95). The profanely titled parody is a far cry from the typical "tuck 'em in" stuff of bedtime books, but scores with moms and dads as a "children's book for parents. " It zoomed right to the top of Amazon.com's best-seller list in April, thanks to Internet buzz, even though it doesn't officially debut until Tuesday.
June 14, 2011 |
WHEN ADAM Mansbach's book is made into a movie, it could be the first bedtime-story film adaptation that's rated R. It's hard to see how it could be avoided: Mansbach's book is called "Go the F--- to Sleep. " "Go the F--- to Sleep" is a plea to Mansbach's 3-year-old, Vivian, to please, for the love of all that is holy, go to sleep. The book reads and looks like many other less explicitly worded children's books - "Goodnight Moon," perhaps, or "Where the Wild Things Are. " It's written in quatrains, such as: The cats nestle close to their kittens, The lambs have laid down with the sheep.
June 14, 2011
I was one of those kids who lived for the bedtime story. Having grown up during a time when television actually "signed off" for the evening, I looked forward with eager anticipation for the story my mother would read to me and my big brother Reese every night. And Mom was a gifted storyteller. When she read, she added voices and sound effects that really brought the stories to life. As we got older, Mom got books that had voice parts Reese and I would fight over representing the characters in each tale.