Leisure: Alley Cats

It is a typical weekday in Dallas. Daddy is at work. Baby is having his morning nap. In an adjoining room, Brother (aged 3) is riding a new rocking horse and Sis (5) is watching TV cartoons. And Mommy? Mommy is just a few feet away, crouching over the foul line on Lane 53, her hip twisted sharply to the left to steer the blue-white-marbled ball into the strike pocket between the one and three pins. Mommy is bowling.

Whether in Dallas or Cleveland or Albuquerque or Spokane, energetic housewives are making the bowling alley their new all-purpose home-away-from-home. They have...

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