Category: Features

The Constant Reader: Two Sequels Worth the Wait

Photo | Submitted Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout

The authors of the two 2019 novels I consider here delayed producing sequels to their critically-acclaimed and commercially successful novels an unusually long time. “Olive, Again” is Elizabeth Strout’s follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning 2008 novel “Olive Kitteredge.” “The Big…

Dance Your Way Into 2020

What if there were a fun way to start off 2020 learning something active and new? No resolutions here, just an opportunity to energize your winter and pique your interest in the international dance, music and art showcased at the…

Colored Pencils Create ‘Life in Color’

Photo | Marylou Bono (L to R, above) Juror Allen Bentley and Colored Pencil Society of America members Maryann DellaRocco, (below) Mary Ellen Geissenhainer, Betty Hafner and Deborah Maklowski shared their views on art at a Dec. 5 reception for “Life in Color” at the Arts Barn.

The Arts Barn is alive with color this holiday season as the Metro Washington Chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America presents its “Life in Color” show. Accompanying works are ceramics by Frederick potter Shari Jacobs and multimedia sculpture…

Road Rules: College Pick-Up Edition

As I made my roundtrip to Salisbury University to pick up my college freshman for winter break last week, I had plenty of time to ponder life. I mean, spending the equivalent of an average workday in the car makes…

Slow Food

Slow Food is an organization I believe in. It envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it, and good for the planet. Recently I attended…

Mike at the Movies: Richard Jewell

Richard Jewell (R) Richard Jewell (Paul Walter Hauser) was the security guard at the Olympic Park in Atlanta who was hailed as a hero immediately after the bombing, appearing with Katie Couric, Tom Brokaw and others. He lived with his…

Mike at the Movies

Photo | Submitted A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (PG) Perhaps the most beautifully and carefully crafted movie of the year so far. Directed at the same pace as Mr. Rogers spoke—slowly and clearly—the movie never seems to drag. It gives you, as…