- The Washington Times - Monday, October 2, 2000

The waiting game

"I've been a hit on New York's junior cocktail party circuit as a single doctor… . As I sip Manhattans in Manhattan, hardly an evening goes by when some 30-something woman doesn't ask me about the details of prenatal testing.

"This is the crowd that's getting married later and putting off babies until well into their 30s… .

"There's a cultural trend toward late marriage… .

"HBO's modern guide to cynical romance and ruined relationships the hit show 'Sex and the City' helps popularize these cultural trends… .

"Older parents are placing increasing faith in the ability of modern medicine to mitigate the effects of delayed childbearing… .

"All of the 30-something women I know still are waiting patiently for their knight in shining armor to ride down Madison Avenue in a Porsche and whisk them off to his summer mansion in the Hamptons.

"They may want to stay abreast of the medical news while they are waiting, because there are more than social implications to our decisions to stay single longer.

"Our culture has glorified our ability to have sex without strings, relationships without rings. But we haven't yet caught up with the notion that bad things can happen as a result, that technology won't rescue us and that we may have only ourselves to blame."

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, writing on "Don't wait too long to have a child," in Thursday's USA Today

Clintonian faith

"For almost eight years now … Bill Clinton has been periodically visited at the White House by Bill Hybels, pastor of the Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Ill., 30 miles outside Chicago. Willow Creek is one of those fabulously successful 'mega-churches' that have bloomed in the last 20 years, providing its 20,000 parishioners with every conceivable amenity short of dry cleaning. Within its 155-acre compound, there are theaters, parenting seminars, youth groups, marriage counseling, retail outlets, libraries, treatment programs for sundry addictions, film and recording studios, musical entertainments, individual therapeutic services, rehearsal rooms, dramatic productions, and so on. There's even Bible study… .

"Hybels had offered the president an open invitation to visit Willow Creek whenever the spirit moved him and at last the spirit did so, four days before the president was scheduled to open the Democratic National Convention, [at] Hybel's annual Leadership Summit, at which 5,000 evangelical pastors gather… .

"Rather than deliver prepared remarks, the president offered answers to questions gently lobbed his way by his host… . Asked to describe 'where you're at spiritually,' Clinton gave a rambling response. 'I feel much more at peace than I used to,' he said. The humiliation of 'what I went through' had brought him to 'a different place.' … The ordeal of Lewinsky had thus been a learning process."

Andrew Ferguson, writing on "Christianity, Clinton Style," in the Sept. 11 Weekly Standard

Family first

"Most television viewers know Paula Zahn as crisply professional newscaster and anchor. But this mother of three is a woman of many talents: An accomplished cellist who's been playing since age 5, she made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall in 1992… .

"Married for 13 years to real estate developer Richard Cohen, Zahn is the mother of daughter Haley, 11, and sons Jared, 7, and Austin, 3… .

"How does she juggle all the demands in her life? 'I've tried to be incredibly well-organized and I'm lucky enough to have a husband who's very involved in raising the kids,' she says. 'But that's not to say it's easy. You can't be ambivalent: My family comes first.' "

Janet Cawley, writing on "Paula Zahn," in the October issue of Biography

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