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.
September 14, 2010
10 tonight CHANNEL 10 As a new season opens, Adam (Peter Krause) is overwhelmed with demands from his boss (guest-star William Baldwin, right) and his family. Sarah (Lauren Graham) searches for a satisfying career path.
May 11, 2010 |
Lauren Graham is a little surprised to find herself in Philadelphia as part of a quick East Coast publicity swing. After all, her NBC show, Parenthood, is still shooting in Los Angeles. But when your boss, a big Hollywood mogul with roots in TV, tells you to jump on a plane, you say, "Window or aisle?" "It was explained to me that Ron Howard, when he was doing Happy Days, had success in traveling the country and talking about the show. So this was like Ron Howard wanted me to come here," Graham says, laughing.
May 11, 2010 |
Lauren Graham is a little surprised to find herself in Philadelphia as part of a quick East Coast publicity swing. After all, her NBC show, Parenthood , is still shooting in Los Angeles. But when your boss, a big Hollywood mogul with roots in TV, tells you to jump on a plane, you say, "Window or aisle?" "It was explained to me that Ron Howard, when he was doing Happy Days , had success in traveling the country and talking about the show. So this was like Ron Howard wanted me to come here," Graham says, laughing.
May 5, 2007
SEPTA directionless Columnist Daniel Rubin's observations on SEPTA are right (April 18 and 26). SEPTA is not to blame for the lack of a regional transportation policy or for irregular funding. Its management has a tough job. But lack of clear directions can't be blamed on someone else. In my experience with the airport line, token machines arrive, they don't take the new $20 bill, so where to get a ticket? No signs. Where are the sales pitch and instructions to take SEPTA from the airport ("Save $20 on your taxi fare, take SEPTA to 30th Street Station, transfer to Amtrak or other SEPTA lines," etc.)
September 28, 2006 |
Put yourself in the shoes of Tina Reinprecht, the co-coach of Mount St. Joseph's field hockey team. In addition to her coaching duties, she's the mother of three daughters, all of whom are field hockey players. Like any parent, Reinprecht wants to see her daughters play. Since she's coaching Katie and Julia on the third-ranked team in The Inquirer's Top 10, the opportunity is easy. Moreover, her oldest daughter, Sarah, is playing as a sophomore at Princeton. But getting to watch Sarah play while handling coaching responsibilities is not without stress for Reinprecht.
April 10, 2006
JEFF JACOBY made a lot of valid points in his op-ed, "The Obligations of Unwanted Fatherhood. " It's true that certain social, political and economic structures have been put in place that make it a breeding ground for single parenthood. It's also true that, more often than not, women are the ones affected by these structures. So imagine my surprise when I found out there's a guy named Matt Dubay, a Michigan computer programmer, who argues that men should have the same reproductive rights as women.
January 7, 2006 |
You may have heard about a new study that says people who have children are more depressed than people who don't. Speaking on behalf of parents everywhere, I would just like to say: I wish. The idea of settling into a three- or six-month funk sounds positively restful. But I really don't have the time. For example, on New Year's Eve, as my wife and I frantically swept and cleaned in preparation for a houseful of guests, my 2-year-old decided to strip off her diaper and parade through the upstairs.
November 23, 2005 |
IN 1985, a 35-year-old Samuel Alito wanted to move from assistant to the solicitor general to deputy assistant to the attorney general (in the office of legal counsel) in the Justice Department. Ed Meese was Ronald Reagan's attorney general. It was Morning in America time. As part of his application, Alito provided a qualifications statement, where, in a single-spaced, page-and-a-half narrative, the now-federal judge spelled out his conservative bona fides. In less than two pages, you get a keen insight into the man now nominated for the Supreme Court.