Teacher Dave Rowlands is talking to his students in a kindergarten class at Imagine Japan, an English-language school in the Miyagi Prefecture of Sendai City. The school is just a short walk from pre-fabricated homes built for families who lost more than just property in the earthquake and tsunami last year.
"What came after the earthquake, was what?" Rowlands asks. "A tidal wave. In Japanese, what do we say? Or in English, actually, tsunami is now used around the world in many languages. Tsunami. We kind of leave the 't' off of there."
The premise of Friends with Kids is the stuff of high-concept romantic comedies: Writer-director Jennifer Westfeldt plays Julie, who's at the age when her odds of childbearing lessen each year, and there's no mate in sight. So her best friend, Jason, played by Adam Scott, volunteers to impregnate her.
Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 11:37 am
A state's lieutenant governor doesn't usually garner much attention, certainly not outside his own state, except for those instances when he must: assume the governorship in an emergency, break ties on controversial legislation in the deadlocked statehouse or resign under a cloud.
South Carolina's newly former lieutenant governor, Ken Ard, fits the last in that series.