And I think I have a perspective about Hollywood that you don`t see very often in the press.
I have to keep reminding myself: If you give your life to God, he doesn`t promise you happiness and that everything will go well. But he does promise you peace. You can have peace and joy, even in bad circumstances.
I spend as much time with my kids as any mom who stays home. I only work during the hours they`re at school, but there is always the sense of trying to catch up with all their stuff and not only organize my work life but also their school lives.
I was raised Catholic and I`m Presbyterian now, but I`ve always been a Christian, regardless of denomination. I believe that Jesus is the way.
We only work four days a week, we only work three weeks out of the month, and we get four months off for the summer. So there`s plenty of time for me to spend with the kids.
This is the other thing: we make the cost of raising kids higher than it has to be just because we feel they need all this stuff, like gadgets, certain schools, and activities that are nice but aren`t really necessary.
I just have always felt that I think we know that it`s an ensemble show, and it`s very hard to pick a show to submit when you`re nominated, because usually everyone has a very strong part in every episode.
To have four kids - and to have been pregnant with two of them while I was working on the show - was a lot. I just can`t believe I did it!
I think Raymond is very honest about human relationships.
It`s a little bit in the genes because my brother is a journalist and my father was a sports writer.
I know the situations that we do every week are all ones that I encounter in my life or will encounter.
Men are very competent in their workplace - and this is going to sound sexist - women are better at running households and juggling lots of things, kids and scheduling and that kind of thing.
You kind of think people get sick of you after a while, but apparently not.
And I started as a journalism major at Ohio State, ended up in theater and I love to read.
I`m sort of a slob.
When it comes to accepting emotional support or affection, I`m a little guarded and hardened to that.
My mother-in-law was with me during all four of my births and when she was sitting next to me holding my hand during the cesareans, well, I craved that.
Some people are cool with the fact that their bodies bear witness to this great thing they produced, their children, and I understand that. But on a personal level, it makes me feel better that my br**sts are not down to my knees when I`m undressed in front of my husband.
My mom was a very intellectual person, and she would really rather be reading some philosophical or theological book than ironing.
We did an episode where she goes out to get a job and she gets fired because she`s not good. They hire a babysitter to help out and she finds out she hates the fact that the kids have more fun with the sitter than her.
But I think boys ultimately are easier than girls.
You see people all the time who are on hit shows and then you never hear from them again.
In the past, your dumbness has gotten in the way of a few things that I really wanted to do: The book club. Theater. Having conversations.
I`m always dissing Ray and making fun of him, talking about his money.
It`s hard enough to work and raise a family when your kids are all healthy and relatively normal, but when you add on some kind of disability or disease, it can just be such a burden.
I`ve always been an independent person, but that independence was in the setting of security.
And I find it very easy to memorize the scripts, which are so close to conversations my husband and I have.
Most of my friends from college became dental hygienists or went into retail, a lot went into sales. They all started getting married and having kids and buying homes and I was still living like a college student.
I felt totally released from the need to make it as an actress. I had experienced complete fulfillment in something that had nothing to do with me being in the spotlight.
Plastic surgery is like a big elephant sitting in the Hollywood living room.
Before we had the kids, my husband and I were traveling a lot and working and really enjoying our lives and each other. We both love the theater and books and travel and so we were really having a lot of fun.
I just don`t know a couple that`s been married more than three years that doesn`t annoy the heck out of each other every 15 minutes.
I`m not good at accepting help.
I don`t remember my mother ever playing with me. And she was a perfectly good mother. But she had to do the laundry and clean the house and do the grocery shopping.
I`ve learned to look like I`m listening to long confusing plots of cartoons and comic books when I`m actually sound asleep or making grocery shopping lists in my head.
Home life is a foreign environment for most guys. So it`s natural to show them being idiots at home.
I was not an easy kid.
We`re thinking now about adopting or having foster children, and if we did, I would look for a girl without a mother because I could relate to that.
Again, I find it difficult to be taken care of and rarely acknowledge it, and every act he does registers, but I also just need to verbally acknowledge him and hug him.
Boys wear their hearts on their sleeves. Even when they`re trying to pull one over on you they`re so transparent. Like men.
Every 36 seconds in America a women lays her body down, forced to choose abortion out of a lack of practical resources and emotional support. Abortion is a reflection that society has failed women.
A woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy also deserves to experience unplanned joy.
"My favorite body part? My feet.They`re not pretty but they get me where I want to go." quoted in WOMAN"S WORLD (6-28-05)