July 24, 2015
WHEN I STARTED doing asylum work almost 20 years ago, the comfortable cocoon that had been built around me by the nuns and then Bryn Mawr and then my first few jobs in the courtroom and classroom began to crumble. It wasn't that I ignored the evil in the world, or that I acted like Glinda the Good Witch in "The Wizard of Oz. " My father had died of cancer, my brother had committed suicide, there'd been a war in Bosnia and another one in Rwanda, and O.J. Simpson got away with murder. Pollyanna had left the building a long time before.
June 20, 1987 |
Just in time for Father's Day comes Benji the Hunted, the most compelling argument since Kramer vs. Kramer that males of the species make better mothers than females. In this fourth feature starring America's most huggable hero, the Robby Benson of the canine set, Benji is feared dead when the boat he's aboard (for a movie he's shooting) capsizes off Oregon's rugged coast. The unsinkable mutt paddles to shore, and before you can say woof, he witnesses a hunter kill a sleek cougar.
November 27, 2011 |
Best fight on TV this month? The Pacquiao vs. Marquez PPV boxing match? The dos Santos-Velasquez UFC title match on Fox? For our money it was this week's Braverman vs. Braverman throwdown on NBC's Parenthood . In this domestic demolition derby, Kristina (Monica Potter) decimated her husband Adam (Peter Krause) when she found out he hadn't been entirely honest about that gorgeous young receptionist he hired. Adam got off relatively easy. The week before, Kristina gave a boy she thought was picking on her son Max a verbal lashing so severe, you could practically feel the kid's growth spurt reversing itself.
April 15, 1990 |
Thuds could be heard in the Christian Lifestyles classroom. And it didn't matter anymore. Without risking failure, the seniors could slam down the sacks of flour on their desks as if they were, well, just sacks of flour. A potential pie crust, even. Mary Ellen Mahon, who teaches the lifestyles course at Bishop Eustace Prep School in Pennsauken, announced the good news to her second-period class last week. "This is the day you'll say goodbye to your kids," she said. They cheered.
September 17, 2010
By George Parry Across America, eager high school graduates have left for college. Media reports suggest many of them took along smart phones and video-enabled laptops that will allow them to maintain near-constant contact with home. There will be frequent opportunities for technologically enabled, real-time advice on course selections, extracurricular activities, and the challenges of dormitory living. This appears to be a convergence of communications technology and helicopter parenting - a form of child-rearing in which concerned moms and dads hover over their offspring and provide never-ending guidance and intervention to protect them from life's frustrations and vicissitudes.
May 27, 1990 |
Brian Doyle and Amy Derstine were 16, in love, inseparable, and in what euphemistically used to be called trouble. "It was a matter of hormones gone wild," said Linda Scheckenbach, frankly. "We used to have to pry them apart in the halls. " Scheckenbach is the home-economics teacher who supervises the teen-parenting program and day- care center at Souderton Area High School. Scheckenbach's job is to help students whose adolescent sense of immunity from consequence has failed to protect them from parenthood.
June 13, 1995 |
Constant whitewater. It's a voguish phrase among management gurus, used to express the sense that placid times are a thing of the past for corporations and careers, that frothing turmoil should be considered routine. To survive constant whitewater, the gurus advise, institutions and individuals need to hone certain skills: adjusting nimbly to ever-changing terrain; managing unyielding stress; maintaining, amid constant jostling, a clear-eyed view of ultimate goals. Execs pay thousands for such advice.
August 23, 2015 |
Pennsylvania is the latest state to investigate Planned Parenthood affiliates and find no wrongdoing involving the disposal or use of fetal tissue. In fact, the state's clinics do not even provide tissue for research, the inquiry found. But the finding isn't satisfying Republican legislators critical of the organization. Planned Parenthood Federation of America has been on the defensive since July, when antiabortion activists began releasing secretly recorded videos showing the organization's executives candidly talking about supplying fetal tissue donated by abortion patients for medical research.
December 18, 2003
MICHELLE Malkin's Dec. 8 column, "Planned Parenthood's Privileged Predators," utterly and irresponsibly misrepresents Planned Parenthood and www.teenwire.com, our award-winning health Web site for young people. Planned Parenthood, the medical community and the majority of Americans agree that young people need medically accurate, age-appropriate health information. We lag tragically behind other developed nations in ensuring that our young people have the information and services they need to prevent pregnancy and protect their health.
December 13, 1987 |
When the offices were at an unobtrusive brick building in downtown West Chester, people stopped in only occasionally. But now that Planned Parenthood of Chester County has moved its administrative offices to newly renovated quarters at 8 S. Wayne St., several people drop in daily seeking counseling, guidance, printed material or videotapes from the expanded health and human sexuality library. "I'm surprised at the difference a location could make," executive director Edgar Huffman said.