November 18, 2011 |
EDWARD MAY have gotten the girl, but it's Jacob who is the shape-shifting spirit of the "Twilight" movie franchise. A third of the audience views the movies as a wildly satisfying romance, a third views them as hilarious comedy, and another third is somehow content to see the movies jump back and forth between these opposing forms. Everybody seems deliriously happy. To sit at a screening is to hear sighs and snickers occurring almost at once - something the filmmakers appear to understand, and to play without shame or adherence to rules of tone or internal logic.
November 17, 2011
DEAR ABBY: It saddened me to read the letter from "Lacks the Mothering Gene. " Seven months pregnant, she feels nothing for her baby, and her husband is furious with her for feeling as she does. You told her that she should discuss this with her obstetrician, and you were sure that once the baby arrived she would fall in love with her baby. Not always, Abby. There are, in fact, many situations in which mothers DO NOT fall in love with their babies. I have led pregnancy- and postpartum-support groups for 20 years, and I would have advised "Lacks" to see someone who is professionally trained in working with women who are psychologically distressed during pregnancy.
November 9, 2011 |
AS REPORTED by the New York Daily News and other outlets tuned to NBC yesterday morning, the incredible (dare we say, ridiculous) Duggar parents, Michelle and Jim Bob , are expecting their 20th child this spring, the couple revealed on "Today. " "We are so excited," said Michelle, who is roughly a third of the way into this pregnancy, or roughly five months off from the next one. Michelle, 45, clearly has a biological clock that keeps on ticking like a Timex. No word if it also takes a licking.
October 12, 2011
LADIES-WHO-LOVE-LADIES and gentlemen (hetero chicks, you can probably skip this item), Esquire mag has named their Sexiest Woman Alive: Rihanna. (The Esquire list is not to be confused with People 's list that includes 50 people and, most importantly men, nor Maxim 's Hot 100, which hardly deigns to identify the winning ladies, nor the countless lists kept in the heads of many teenage boys.) The Esquire pictorial, which, let's be honest, is what people care about, features the Barbados-born Rihanna covered in not much more than seaweed, sand and dirt, looking like she positively owns the title.
September 24, 2011
DEAR ABBY: Our daughter "Bree" has just announced that she's pregnant with her third child. Her other children are 1 and 2. My wife and I are in our 60s and provide child care three days a week, while the other grandma baby-sits for two days. We also pay for preschool and swimming lessons, and cook dinner for them on the days when we baby-sit. Bree and her husband do not make enough to support even one child. We know we'll be expected to finance college. When we agreed to help out, we asked them to promise they would not have more than two kids.
September 14, 2011 |
Revenge pregnancy!!! What a concept! My mom is pregnant, and that makes me so mad I want to get pregnant, too! Where's my boyfriend? These shocking ideas seized the brain of Bristol Palin , according to Levi Johnston in his book Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin's Crosshairs (metaphors spill all over the highway!), out Sept. 20. Levi accuses Bristol of getting mad (why?) when her mom, Sarah Palin , announced her pregnancy with Trig , so, hippity-hoppity, Bristol told Levi she wanted to get preggers, and Levi, "too dumb" to use protection (he says that of himself in the book, and we find no reason to disagree)
September 4, 2011 |
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Fourteen-day-old Alexandro Joseph has never been seen by a doctor and 7-month-old Lovemika Belzi has suffered from diarrhea since the day she was born. In the sprawling camps that continue to dot this broken capital after last year's devastating earthquake, health and human-rights officials warn of another crisis: a population explosion of tent babies. "The camps are not an appropriate place for delivery and not for a newborn," said Olivia Gayraud, health and nutrition manager for Save the Children's Port-au-Prince field office, which works with pregnant women in five camps.
August 2, 2011
DEAR ABBY: I am writing to respond to "Old Mama in Washington State," whose pregnancy at 40 is unwelcome to her husband and two teens. My parents had a "bonus baby" when they were in their early 40s. I was 17 and my brother was 13 when we found out. It was hard for us to accept at first. All our worries disappeared when we first laid eyes on our baby sister. I love her to death, and she is lucky to have my brother as her protector. It was a good thing that we were nearly 18 years apart, because I got the benefits of a sister without having to share a room!
June 27, 2011 |
Question: I am an 84-year-old widow in pretty good health. I'd like to remain in my home for the rest of my life, unlike many of my friends who have already moved into assisted-living facilities. My two children live out of state and I'm not sure what my options are for the future. How does someone my age find out about resources to help as I get older and need more aid? How do I know who is trustworthy? Answer: An impressive statistic that makes your question timely is that there are 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day. If you want to remain in your home for life, you need to rest assured that all home-care needs will be met over the years - especially if you have no spouse or children to provide ongoing care.
June 14, 2011 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My husband and I are finally pregnant. It's been a long and physically and emotionally taxing road, and we are so relieved and so thrilled. The only damper is that my parents weren't in contact much through this process, mustered little joy when they heard the news, and have finally revealed that it's because they don't believe in infertility treatments. They don't believe it's "God's will," and would have preferred if we had adopted.