Three years ago, my cousin tried to kill me. When people ask why, I don’t know what to say. Usually I mumble that he didn’t have a reason. I say that he didn’t even think he had a reason. We had no argument that day or any other in 40 years. I say that we didn’t think of each other merely as cousins. We were best friends. We spoke for hours every week, often late at night, squinting through the portal of a video chat to exchange complaints about our lives and show off household projects. I say that we had been planning for months to get together that weekend. We organized a family reunion at his house. My son and I were staying in his guest room, while a swarm of aunts and uncles and cousins spilled into a nearby hotel. I had spent the day with them, watching our kids play in the hotel pool, and everyone was planning to gather at my cousin’s house for a party that evening. I say that none of our relatives knew there was conflict between my cousin and me. … [Read more...] about My Cousin Was My Hero. Until the Day He Tried to Kill Me.
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How Modeling Good Behavior for My Daughter Saved My Marriage By Jancee Dunn When our daughter was a toddler, we’d whisper-fight — obscene gestures and all — over her head as she blithely watched Curious George. Because we restricted the war zone to us, I deluded myself that she would be unaffected. Of course, that’s not true, as I discovered one morning when I overheard her in her bedroom pitting her Beanie Boos against each other. She had one of them holler, in a perfect imitation of me, “I’m sick and tired of this crap!” Turns out, when you “model” aggressive behavior — say, loudly accusing your husband of being a “bag of dicks” — your child picks it right up. Not only that, but she is forming expectations for her own future relationships. So we decided to try and fake a more noble version of ourselves in the hopes that, when our daughter grew up, she’d seek out a better relationship than our own. … [Read more...] about 5 Perspectives on What Kids Do to a Marriage
Thought of the week Now what was she to do? To give way to her feelings, or to vanquish them?... She will determine to look on life steadily as it is; to begin to learn its severe truths seriously, and to study its knotty problems closely, conscientiously.from Shirley by Charlotte Bronte (English novelist, 1816-1855) Dear Bel, I had two very unhappy, abusive relationships, moving from one to the next fairly quickly, without proper counselling to help me heal. But while in the second relationship I got help from a wonderfully supportive group of women, all fellow survivors of domestic violence, and that gave me the strength to leave. After ending that relationship I was single for more than a year, and saw myself as a strong confident woman for the first time in my life. I wasn’t a victim any more, I was a survivor! Then, a year ago, I started a new … [Read more...] about BEL MOONEY: I wanted to find love but all I got was an old, sleazy man
EXCLUSIVE: As the Sundance deal avalanche abates, it is time to focus on the film packages to be unveiled next week in Berlin. In what instantly becomes a hot property there, Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Ferguson are finalizing deals to star this fall in Reminiscence, a film that Westworld executive producer Lisa Joy has scripted. She will make her feature directorial debut. Related Industry Celebrates Life Of Samuel Hadida At LA Event For Late Distributor/Producer The film will be unveiled for major studios later this week by Endeavor Content, which is brokering domestic; FilmNation’s Glen Basner will be at the European Film Market to make international deals starting next week. Joy will make the trip to pitch her vision in a theater. Joy, Jonathan Nolan, Michael De Luca and Aaron Ryder will produce a film that is being mounted as a co-production between Kilter Films, Michael De Luca Productions and FilmNation Entertainment. Principal Photography begins October 21 for a … [Read more...] about Hot Berlin Pic: ‘Westworld’s Lisa Joy Directs Hugh Jackman & Rebecca Ferguson In Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Reminiscence’
NEWARK — Prior to the April release of his best-selling book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership," former FBI Director James Comey replied to yet another critical tweet from President Donald Trump by saying, "Mr. President, the American people will hear my story very soon. And they can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not." Thursday, a supportive audience heard from Comey during a sold-out speaking engagement at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, where he focused on the topic of leadership, filtered through his experience working for three presidents. "It was never my intention, or career goal, to be a celebrity," he told the crowd that packed the 2,800-seat Prudential Hall. "It was never my career goal to be unemployed, frankly. Put them together and I never imagined I would be an unemployed celebrity." But as the world knows, the president fired him on May 9, 2017, blindsiding Comey as he was speaking to a group of FBI recruits in … [Read more...] about James Comey at NJPAC: ‘I never imagined I would be an unemployed celebrity’