Arts, Entertainment, Living

A Temporary Thing

Thursday, 11 March 2010 06:31 AM Written by

I was surprised and a bit unprepared when each of our three children were born. I knew, of course, that they were coming. I was acutely aware of the realities of my wife Courtney’s pregnancies, of the time passing toward due dates, of check ups and preparations and conversations about what to do when the baby arrived. But still – maybe I am unusual but I highly doubt it – the reality of the new child didn’t present itself until each baby was in my arms. What do we have here? Who is this? What does this person need from me? And from that point on, with each child, I have been in action, tending them to the best of my heart and energy. But – knowing they were coming and accepting that knowledge without proof of their existence…well, no. I was not so sure these people were real until they were really in my arms.

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Conan O'Brien announces stage tour

Thursday, 11 March 2010 06:17 AM Written by reports that former "Tonight Show" host Conan O'Brien will barnstorm the country in a multi-date stage tour while waiting out his non-compete before embarking on his next TV venture.

O'Brien won't be coming to Pittsburgh -- his closest dates are in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia -- but there are a lot of dates and locations in the event any local Coco fans are traveling this spring and summer.

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'Sizing Up Sperm': The ultimate sex-ed film

Wednesday, 10 March 2010 07:01 PM Written by

This is one of the more unusual science programs to turn up: National Geographic Channel's "Sizing Up Sperm" (9 p.m. Sunday) features human actors, dressed in white, who represent sperm making the "epic journey" where only one will survive. They run along beaches and trudge up hills, facing off with black-clad sperm-killers.

Among the gems in the narration:

"From a sperm's point of view, landing in Emily's vagina is like D-day..."

"For each individual sperm, [ejaculation] is a wet and wild, high-speed ticket to oblivion..."

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R&B from BlueNotes' personal memory lane

Wednesday, 10 March 2010 09:00 AM Written by

Anyone who knows BlueNotes knows that he has a really big soft spot for old R&B. So in my recent musical travels through some of that great old music, I found myself listening to one of my all-time favorites, a gospel-flavored R&B tune written by trumpeter Joe Morris, and first recorded in 1953 by Faye Adams, who was reportedly brought to him by the legendary Ruth Brown.

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The CW dips low for 'High Society'

Tuesday, 09 March 2010 07:01 PM Written by

Tinsley Mortimer and Alexandra Osipow (Photo: Barbara Nitke /The CW ©2009 The CW Network)This week I've been reading comments from participants in the Post-Gazette's annual Keep or Cancel? poll, and everyone is lamenting the amount of reality TV, which seemingly every respondent claims to hate and not watch.

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