Day care chain Bright Horizons buys Sittercity as parents scramble for child care and tutoring during pandemic
With families scrambling to figure out child care options for kids attending school remotely this fall, day care company Bright Horizons announced it is purchasing Sittercity, an online platform that matches people with providers.Bright Horizons said the partnership will help it fill the wide range of new child care needs families are facing as a growing list of workplaces and schools delay plans to return to offices and classrooms during the pandemic.“With the child care strain families have been experiencing the last five months paired with the prospect of remote learning, this acquisition w...
Natasha Trethewey took years to write 'Memorial Drive,' about the murder of her mother
CHICAGO — As Natasha Trethewey began to garner acclaim for her poetry — notably winning the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for her collection “Native Guard” — news reports often mentioned the murder of her mother, Gwendolyn Ann Turnbough. Trethewey, who was 19 when her former step-father shot her mother to death after years of abuse, never intended to write about this devastating event. But she has written two volumes centered on it — the 2018 poetry collection “Monument” and now her latest, a memoir, “Memorial Drive.”In only 200 pages, “Memorial Drive” distills her family history as it intersects with t...
Commentary: An open letter to the Weather Channel Graphics Department upon being accused of wanting my home destroyed to boost ad sales
Dear Weather Channel Graphics Department:We journalists all deal with a lot of trolling in this age of social media. And some of the trolling on the Sun Sentinel’s Facebook page during our coverage of Hurricane Isaias has been a little confusing. I’d like to state in no uncertain terms that I do not want my family killed, my home destroyed or my friends or extended family here in South Florida similarly imperiled in order to increase revenue for the South Florida Sun Sentinel.I shouldn’t have to say that, but people seem to be thinking it is so. And, Weather Channel Graphics Department, I kind...
Living with Children: Mealtime troubles
Q: Our 10-month-old son has recently discovered the joys of throwing finger food on the floor at mealtimes. He doesn’t seem to care if I feed it to him myself, one piece at a time, but isn’t it important that he start feeding himself?A: Not to worry. The emergence of “throwing food on the floor behavior” at this age, especially if a dog is waiting below, is indisputable indication that the child’s development, not to mention sense of humor, is proceeding according to plan.Give your son one small piece of finger food at a time. If he throws it on the floor, ignore him. Continue eating and talki...
Tribune News Service
Creator, stars talk 'Defending Jacob'
PASADENA, Calif. — Captain America is giving up his bulletproof helmet and star-studded shield for jurisprudence and fatherhood. Chris Evans, best known as the superhero in the “Captain America” movie series, takes a dramatic turn. He stars as a stalwart district attorney and father of a boy accused of murder in the suspenseful “Defending Jacob,” now streaming on Apple TV+.Evans says he was in no hurry to pick a new project when “Defending Jacob” came along.“I’m not an actor that works all the time. So maybe if I were somebody who liked to fill my schedule from January to December with constan...
Tribune News Service
US-Canadian couples ask Canada to consider their plan to open border so they can reunite
DETROIT — Lauren Hughes, 23, lives in Windsor, Ontario, and her fiance Addie Rivett, 24, lives in Farmington Hills. Despite being in different countries, door-to-door their homes are a mere 20-minute drive across the Detroit River.But they might as well be oceans apart. Like so many unmarried, but committed couples where one person resides in Canada and the other in the states, they can’t visit each other because of Canada’s international border restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic.Earlier this month, Canada extended its restrictions against U.S. citizens entering its country another 30 ...
Detroit Free Press
Chiefs' Damien Williams reveals he's opting out because of his mother's illness
This was a no-brainer for Chiefs running back Damien Williams. But that doesn’t mean the decision to opt out of the 2020 NFL season was an easy one.Williams was on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday and revealed his mother has stage-four cancer, although he didn’t say what type. But some chemotherapy treatments can weaken an immune system and make people susceptible to the coronavirus.“For me it was just kind of cut, straight simple right to it,” Williams said. “I’m dealing with a family matter, my mom was diagnosed with cancer and it’s stage 4, so there was my decision.“She was the only one there...
The Kansas City Star
How to (kindly) uninvite people from your wedding and other etiquette tips amid the coronavirus
In pre-pandemic times, wedding season would be well underway, with elaborate celebrations across the region.But the pandemic has uprooted nearly every aspect of life, including the way we celebrate love.The coronavirus spreads primarily from person to person, and people are especially at risk in poorly ventilated, indoor spaces.Couples who were scheduled to get married this summer are making difficult choices: Do they postpone their weddings entirely? Get married with just immediate family there and have a larger party at a later date, when it is safe to do so? Or have the wedding they planned...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
For every COVID-19 death nine relatives suffer, researchers say
PHILADELPHIA — The coronavirus has so far caused more than 500,000 deaths, with more than 136,000 of them in the United States. But the impact doesn’t end there.While it’s expected that deaths from COVID-19 will impair the health and well-being of surviving family members, the extent of the impact hasn’t been quantified.Now, researchers at Pennsylvania State University have calculated that each death from COVID-19 will affect approximately nine surviving family members.“It’s not just individuals themselves who die (from COVID-19). People are connected to other people,” said Ashton Verdery, pro...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
'Crazy Rich Asians' author Kevin Kwan talks about his newest novel and the sequel to his hit movie
Summer is traditionally the season for light reading, and right now we might be more in need than ever of something effervescent. Enter — thank goodness — Kevin Kwan.The author of the delightfully frothy “Crazy Rich Asians” trilogy is back with a new novel, just in time for all those vacations we’re not taking. His new book isn’t a continuation of the ultrarich Young family’s “Crazy Rich Asians” world (though alert readers will notice at least one cameo appearance by a beloved character from the trilogy); instead, it’s an homage to E.M. Forster’s “A Room with a View,” set in the present and cr...
The Seattle Times