‘Split-Level’ Examines Challenge Of Marriage

first_imgShort story writer and novelist, Sande Boritz Berger, who grew up on the south shore of Long Island, completed the MFA program in writing and literature from Stony Brook Southampton College, where she was awarded the Deborah Hecht Memorial Prize in Fiction. For years, she has also attended the Stony Brook Southampton summer writing program.A strong advocate of writing groups, she kept going to workshops even as her career path took her into scriptwriting and video producing. In “Split-Level,” she returns to her first and continuing passion — fiction — and a reader can see how decades writing for the mass media and exposure to “amazing writers” in the MFA program have informed her novels. Boritz Berger has a good ear for dialogue, especially the internal kind. In “Split-Level,” her first-person protagonist, self-aware, attractive but insecure, has conversations with herself. Little does she realize how life-shattering they will become. And little does the reader anticipate how it will all turn out.Alex Pearl, a young wife and mother and occasional painter living in suburban New Jersey, appears to be happily married to Donny, her teenage sweetheart, and deliciously in love with their two young daughters, though she allows her brash-talking good friend Rona to intimidate her daily on the phone, especially about shopping and decorating: “How can I so easily distinguish each Modigliani, a Manet from a Monet, but remain pathetically lost on chuck roast, tenderloin, and filet?”Alex also defers to her good-looking, restless, and frustrated husband who defers to his father, having given up hopes to make it in music, his love, in order to continue the family business: manufacturing high-end brassieres. In other words, Alex is settled into traditional marriage and motherhood, though she warily observes the failings of her own parents’ marriage.But wait: Boritz Berger sets her tale in the 1970s when, as readers of a certain age recall, the swinging ’60s seduced many young people into thinking they could make the earth move by way of sexual and political revolution. Not a time to be in the bra business, for sure, but also, as Alex discovers slowly and fearfully, not a time to count on traditions or conventions (religious and societal) to counter the influence of Woodstock.“The post-Nixon era was a time of great change,” the author says, “a shake-up of sorts when people took their government and maybe even lives for granted” and saw everything shift, creating “instability and mistrust . . . The changes affected families, marriages, jobs, and our country’s future.” Be happy was the mantra, be “free.” As a married neighbor says to Alex, “It’s certainly tough work, staying home and raising kids, plus I hear the pay is lousy.” The neighbor is Charlie Bell, who’s sexy as well as sympathetic.Even if Alex seems a passive player in the counter culture seeping its bohemian way into “split-level” life — the title obviously symbolizes suburban house and home — she does smoke pot and follows the beat of funk and rock. Still, when she realizes that her husband may have a roving eye (and more), her instinct is a couple’s retreat dedicated to marriage counseling — scenes Bortiz-Berger explores with humor and pathos. She knows how to make character change credible, avoid cliché, and integrate the complexities of desire, guilt, and mistrust. She also enjoys crafting steamy sex scenes.In light of the #MeToo movement and advances women have made in the workplace and in defining and refining their personal identities, “Split-Level” takes on special significance, especially considering how Boritz Berger resolves her plot complications. Although the author has said that today, unlike the 1970s, women today feel support with other women, “making us more cohesive and less fearful to ask for what we want and to express what we cannot accept: the unacceptable,” she knows that women still find themselves in complicated, often guilt-ridden relationships if not with spouses, then with parents and grown children. This is especially true for single mothers, who have split from, or have been split off by, their partners. Marriage has always been challenging, Boritz Berger says. Women struggle and much still gets put on hold “sometimes for many years, sometimes, forever.”“Split-Level” is certain to engage discussion in the kind of workshops or book clubs the author has enjoyed, both for its cultural history as well as for how she uses style and structure to represent the ’70s in a way that resonates for our own day. Sharelast_img read more

Don’t panic

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ADT redirects container traffic to Khalifa Port

first_imgThe last container vessel to call at Mina Zayed was Italy-headquartered Messina Line’s ‘Jolly Arancione’ .For over 40 years, Mina Zayed has been Abu Dhabi’s primary container gateway – but the completion of Khalifa Port in September 2012 has allowed port operator ADT to restructure its service offering.”With the strategic redirection of container traffic to Khalifa Port, Abu Dhabi’s ports have the capacity to handle more containers, more cargo and more cruise liners,” said Martijn Van de Linde , ceo of ADT.Mina Zayed handled around 770,000 teuin 2011. Khalifa Port has an initial capacity to handle 2.5 million teu annually – with the potential to expand to 5 million teu in the future.Despite losing its container trade, Mina Zayed will continue to welcome general cargoes and breakbulk cargo – including large materials for infrastructure projects – and ro-ro cargo to the local market.www.adterminals.aelast_img read more

RFMD at CES 2013

first_imgThe Consumer Electronics Association hosts the International Consumer Electronics Show from January 8-11’ 2013 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and The Venetian in Las Vegas. CES attracts manufacturers, developers, and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems, and related products and services with more than 3,100 exhibitors showcasing their latest products in more than 1.86 million net square feet of exhibit space. RFMD Exhibition Booth RFMD returns to 2013 International CES with our industry-leading product portfolio and, as members of the ZigBee® Alliance, we will be exhibiting in the ZigBee® Pavilion, Booth 20618 South Hall 1. RFMD’s representation at CES highlights our highly efficient ZigBee Front End Modules (FEMs) aligned with the world’s leading ZigBee transceiver solutions. If you would like to schedule a meeting with RFMD at CES 2013, please visit http://www.rfmd.com/last_img read more

Great Players in Terrible Uniforms

first_imgLocation:New Orleans metro area Share on other sites Forums Home Sports Logos Sports Logo News Link to post kw11333 3,583 Members Posted December 17, 2012 Members Link to post 4,356 5 nuordr 1,148 posts Share on other sites Page 1 of 5   Forums Home 16,613 posts 1 11,788 posts 1,005 9,766 posts Share on other sites 1,149 1,149 vman Favourite Logos:”Tradition and simplicity; there’s a fine line between the two. You can’t manufacture tradition but you can empathize simplicity.” – John Viola Posted December 17, 2012 Members Share on other sites Location:A Nice Place to Live Posted December 17, 2012 Share on other sites Favourite Logos:”Tradition and simplicity; there’s a fine line between the two. You can’t manufacture tradition but you can empathize simplicity.” – John Viola Members Chawls Location:Salem, IN phutmasterflex Link to post 0 Share on other sites Posted December 17, 2012 Posted December 17, 2012 Share this post 0 97 Favourite Logos:*Devil Rays alternate cap logo, 1998*Red Sox cap logo*Chargers primary logo*Lake Elsinore Storm cap logo Members Posted December 17, 2012 3 the user formerly known as NJTank OnWis97 Share this post Favourite Logos:The Cross, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots 1,508 0 128 1 Members Link to post 97 Posted December 17, 2012 Posted December 17, 2012 Members 652 4,132 posts Share on other sites 0 Lights Out 973 0 St Louis Cardinals 1,979 posts 973 Brave-Bird 08 Page 1 of 5   0 Posted December 17, 2012 Mike Foster Share this post Share on other sites Posted December 17, 2012 Sign in to follow this   419 Easy homer pick. Share this post 28 Link to post BigBubba Watching the great season Adrian Peterson has had, I can’t help but think how bad it’ll be as a sports design fan to watch highlights of him wearing that poorly-executed Vikings uniforms for years to come. Unfortunately, he isn’t the only great player forces to wear a bad uniform. Who are some other great players that have had to wear bad uniforms?• Any sport• Any time period• Any point in their career (college or pro)• INCLUDE PICTURES!!!I’ll start. Adrian PetersonMojo Drew 652 Link to post Location:in phone chuckymack 𝐋𝐄𝐓 𝐌𝐄 𝐈𝐍 Share this post Members 4,356 14,934 posts 1,149 Share this post Great Players in Terrible Uniforms 652 1,812 Chawls 973 2 0 Location:Kentucky Billy B Share this post 419 Favourite Logos:The Cross, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots 4 Share this post Prev Sign in to follow this   A bunch of psychic porn star midgets who were all nude Share on other sites 28 289 By Chawls, December 17, 2012 in Sports Logo News 289 Members Share this post 9,766 posts 26,359 posts 1,149 0 Share this post 4,436 Favourite Logos: 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup Champions njdevs7 BigBubba 289 973 0 Location:Kentucky Share on other sites Posted December 17, 2012 Share on other sites 2 154 Kevin W. njdevs7 Share on other sites 1,508 Members Followers 3 Great Players in Terrible Uniforms Members All Activity 0 Posted December 17, 2012 973 This topic is now closed to further replies. Lights Out Posted December 17, 2012 Sports Logos Link to post “Sports Aesthetics” Link to post Share this post Kevin W. Posted December 17, 2012 973 Share this post nuordr chuckymack Brett FarveEmmitt Smithyou sir, have some weird taste in uniformsWhy? Because I like uniforms that have colors that actually match? Two different colors of purple for the Vikings and that horrible facemask. Also the two different colors of blue for the Cowboys equal Ugly and Ugly.In principal that Vikings jersey set should look great, but it does not match at all. Same goes for the Cowboys. Link to post you sir, have some weird taste in uniformsI’ll second that. Nothing remotely terrible about either of em.You mean besides the mismatched purples and genericness of the Vikings throwbacks and the absolute mess that is the Cowboys’ identity? 0 Link to post Less than a page and this is already “Best Player on a Team with Bad Uniforms” Members 786 4 8,516 posts OnWis97 0 973 Posted December 17, 2012 7,535 posts Favourite Logos:The Cross, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots 2,983 posts 562 posts Link to post Prev Location:Chicago “Sports Aesthetics” 1,812 Link to post nuordr Go To Topic Listing 973 9,766 posts Brave-Bird 08 Share on other sites Posted December 17, 2012 Members Posted December 17, 2012 The Great One:I’m gonna assume you missed this. 973 Posted December 17, 2012 Share this post Share on other sites 1,149 1,508 973 0 4,436 Members Brett Farve Emmitt SmithBig BenDonovan McNabb 3,872 posts Recommended Posts Posted December 17, 2012 Share this post 3,583 0 Link to post Members DC in Da House w/o a Doubt nuordr Share on other sites 973 Brett FarveEmmitt Smithyou sir, have some weird taste in uniforms Members 128 Link to post 𝐋𝐄𝐓 𝐌𝐄 𝐈𝐍 0 Share on other sites Share this post 1,005 Share on other sites Billy B Favourite Logos:Anything in Comic Sans. Share this post 1,149 Next 1,005 It’s not ideal, but I don’t think it’ll put a dagger SportsLogos.Net DC in Da House w/o a Doubt I’m probably going to catch hell for this one.The wordmark look definitely didn’t work for the Pens. Link to post kw11333 All Activity St Louis Cardinals 1 154 Brett FarveEmmitt Smithyou sir, have some weird taste in uniformsWhy? Because I like uniforms that have colors that actually match? Two different colors of purple for the Vikings and that horrible facemask. Also the two different colors of blue for the Cowboys equal Ugly and Ugly. Sports Board Man + Young Trece you sir, have some weird taste in uniformsI’ll second that. Nothing remotely terrible about either of em. 0 Members 6,236 posts 7,535 posts nuordr Great Players in Terrible Uniforms phutmasterflex Location:The DMV Location:New Orleans metro area nuordr Favourite Logos:The Cross, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots Location:Atlanta, Ga. Share this post “Sports Aesthetics” Members 9,766 posts Followers 3 5,835 posts Next 3,583 3 Chawls . Designerd. 128 1,812 Link to post Members 973 Location:Kentucky Chawls 154 nuordr vman zpqmaowl 4,356 Location:West Coast Link to post 28 zpqmaowl Share on other sites 786 Link to post It should always be Christmas in New Jersey SportsLogos.Net Members 0 8,818 posts Posted December 17, 2012 5 Crosby and MalkinDaniel Alfredsson:Roy Halladay:Less than a page and this is already “Best Player on a Team with Bad Uniforms”As opposed to…? Share this post This is basically going to turn into a debate into what is a great player and what is a great uniform? 786 Share on other sites nuordr Gretzky Berger King jersey wins.Also this… Link to post I’m probably going to catch hell for this one.The wordmark look definitely didn’t work for the Pens.I agree that the word mark look sucked.The Great One: 97 Share on other sites 4,436 “Sports Aesthetics” Location:Kentucky Link to post Share this post 2 419 0 Probably in the minority on this one, but I don’t think McNabb OR Roethlisberger are great players.Two Superbowl victories for Big Ben and you don’t think he is a great player? I suppose you prefer someone like Brady Quinn? I will agree there may be some doubt about McNabb, but he was great for many years as an Eagle. Share this post Sports Logo News Probably in the minority on this one, but I don’t think McNabb OR Roethlisberger are great players.last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin is back!

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, August 23, 2017:Thursday: •Volleyball scrimmage at 4:30 p.m.•Football scrimmage at 7 p.m.•Middle School at 5:30 p.m., Youth at 6:15 p.m.Friday•No event listed.Saturday •Volleyball at Winfield, 8 a.m.Thursday menu: Breakfast: Cheesy Ham and Egg Casserole.Lunch: Chicken strips, ham and cheese sub.Today’s News: *Auditions for the Fall Play “Fools” will take place after school on Tuesday, August 29th and Thursday August 31st from 3:30pm-6:30pm. Audition materials will be available in the Drama classroom. If you have any questions please see Ms. Coldwell.*Students- please check your attendance every week. If you have any questions, please come to the office.*Students- Please stop by the office if you are tardy in the morning. Also, anytime you are leaving school  you  must be dismissed by a parent or guardian either by a phone call or note. You must sign-out through the office before leaving the school.* The first StuCo meeting will be Wednesday September 6th at 7:15 a.m. in room 105.All members and anyone interested in becoming a member are invited to attend. Come join us for juice and doughnuts. We will vote on  a Homecoming theme during the meeting. *Don’t forget to pay your $25 sports fee if you are participating in a fall sport. The sports fee must be paid before you can play in a game.Guidance office news: College Visits During Lunch: Aug 29th- Kansas State University Aug 29th- United States ArmySept. 18th- Newman UniversityOct. 3rd- Bethany College Oct. 12th- Pittsburg State UniversityFollow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more