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By ELLEN GOODMAN | November 26, 1992
Boston. -- My aunt and I are making stuffing and convening with our ancestors. It's a ritual we have performed each year since I inherited Thanksgiving from her. Or to be precise, since the family dinner moved one doorway and one generation down the street.In truth, my aunt, who is eight inches shorter and 21 years older, still regards me as something of an apprentice in the Thanksgiving business, not entirely ready to strike out on my own. A bit too inexperienced to be entrusted with the awesome responsibilities of tradition.
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By Bradley Olson and Bradley Olson,Sun reporter | September 26, 2007
Maybe the kids seem too loud, too playful, too unrelenting. Maybe a spouse has grown accustomed to doing things alone and isn't ready to let go of a newfound independence. Or maybe routine noises such as slamming doors or clanging silverware trigger flashbacks or uncontrollable twitchiness. Combat has many dangers, but returning home can also be fraught with peril for troops. Using private funding, Anne Arundel Community College next week will begin "Reunited: Family Life After Deployment," a free, four-week seminar aimed at helping military families readjust to life at home.
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By Judith H. Dobrzynski and Judith H. Dobrzynski,New York Times News Service | July 5, 1995
For all its allure, the American Dream has always come with strings attached. The catch is that hard work and long hours on the job are part and parcel of getting ahead and making money. Family life often pays the price, of course -- a bargain that makes many Americans queasy.Bob Israel, co-owner of a motion-picture ad agency in Los Angeles, knows the feeling well."At some point during the day, I look at my watch, and I'm faced with, 'Do I go home now and spend a little more time with my kids before they go to bed, or do I complete the work that I'm staring at?
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September 7, 1994
Was Dan Quayle right after all? Last week the Census Bureau reported that the conventional model of American family life -- a married couple with kids and a stable home -- is on the verge of becoming the exception rather than the rule. The latest figures are bound to renew the "family values" debate highlighted by former Vice President Quayle during the 1992 presidential campaign.The bureau found that in 1991, only 50.8 percent of American children lived in a traditional "nuclear" family -- defined as one where both biological parents are present and all children were born after the marriage.
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By Rob Kasper | January 18, 1997
I HAVE NEVER met him, yet like many American dads who watched his television show, I feel I know him intimately. And so when I read the news yesterday that Bill Cosby had lost his only son, Ennis, 27, shot on a California highway, it hurt.I got that same, kicked-in-the-stomach feeling, that sweeps over me when I read about the sudden, senseless deaths of other sons whose dads I know. Cosby's description of his son, "He was my hero," rings true to many fathers.At one level, this personal response to the Cosby tragedy is an overreaction.
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By Mike Giuliano | November 29, 2011
Many bottles of pinot noir have been sold in the seven years since director Alexander Payne's "Sideways" took moviegoers through California's wine country. His long-overdue new movie, "The Descendants," was worth the wait. Maintaining a delicate balance between its comic and dramatic elements, "The Descendants" is one of the year's most emotionally satisfying movies. Although some of its later scenes seem forced and its overall tone flirts with being facile, these are relatively minor reservations.
NEWS
By Ellen Goodman | February 11, 1997
BOSTON -- So this is Morning in America, circa 1997: Mom is making breakfast and hurrying 15-year-old Joanna through the before-school ritual: ''Honey, don't forget to brush your teeth and take your drug test.''Dad jumps up at dawn Saturday to run a pop urine quiz on 17-year-old Johnny for any substance leftovers from last night's party. He accompanies his son into the, uh, collection room with a small plastic vial.These warmhearted little scenes of modern family life may soon become domestic docudramas.
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By Joe Jones | April 21, 2013
From Bangor to Peoria, in the Huffington Post and in Forbes Magazine, the press is focusing on the minimum wage. While we hear and read about it constantly these days, many of us never take the time to reflect on what it really means. When seen up close, as I do every day here in Baltimore at the Center for Urban Families, the real meaning of "minimum" becomes painfully apparent. Minimum is just that. As Merriam Webster says: "the least quantity assignable, admissible, or possible.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | May 1, 2014
Oh, my Lord, where to begin? You already know what this column is about. You know even though we are barely three sentences in. You knew before you saw the headline. There are days in the opinion business when one story makes itself inevitable and unavoidable, one story sucks up all the air in the room. This is one of those times. One story. Well ... two, actually: the misadventures of Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling. Mr. Bundy, of course, is the Nevada rancher whose refusal to pay fees to allow his cattle to graze on public land made him a cause celebre on the political right.
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Susan Reimer | September 24, 2014
Ward and June. Ozzie and Harriet. Jim and Margaret Anderson. If you recognize those couples - and if you grew up wishing they were your parents - you likely hearken to a time when the American family was made up of a breadwinning father and a homemaking mother and a couple of kids. We like to think of the 1950s and the early 1960s as the golden age of family life, but it was also a repressive time for women. Only a handful had college degrees, only about 30 percent ventured outside the home to work, and women had little control over the timing and number of the children they bore.
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