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Mike at the Movies

Danny Collins (R) **** Danny Collins (Al Pacino) is a rock star of the Neil Diamond vintage. In fact, his hit song “Hey Baby Doll” sounds like “Sweet Caroline,” and Danny is as sick of it as Diamond is of…

Spring Is Finally Here

While Easter and Passover are early this year, these recipes will enhance any meal on any occasion. Greek-style Shrimp Over the past 30 years, Kerry Dunnington has been a food columnist, caterer, recipe developer, and award-winning cookbook author. Her passion…

A Ministry of Flowers

There are many pleasurable aspects of my living in the Friends House Retirement Community in Sandy Spring, Maryland. But the one I especially appreciate is the way fresh flowers appear regularly in unique arrangements for the library and a nook…

Mike at the Movies

Home (PG) *** Animated and with a complex plot, “Home” features the voices of Jim Parsons (Oh) and Rihanna (Gratuity “Tip” Tucci) and Steve Martin (Captain Smek). The colors are vivid and the characters hard to keep track of because…

Mike at the Movies

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG) **** This charming sequel to the “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” of a couple of years ago will probably fill theaters with the same demographic, but the youngsters might find this one even more…

Dog-Friendly Trails

Photo | Hope Caplan

Lotus, a black Lab, enjoys walking the trail in Azalea Park in Charlottesville, Virginia.

I don’t have a dog, but I love my family’s canine members—Lilly, a Golden Retriever, and Lotus, a black Lab. Perhaps this is the reason I was attracted to a particular guidebook displayed in the California Welcome Center in El…

Recipes from the Middle East

“Persiana: Recipes from the Middle East & beyond” by Sabrina Ghayour (Interlink Books) celebrates the food and flavors from the regions near the southern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea.  There are over 100 well-known and loved recipes for modern cooks,…

‘Euphoria’ Written by Lily King

Lily King’s prize-winning novel, “Euphoria,” is an intoxicating read that stayed with me long after I finished it. The gifted writer takes us to a time and place we might know only from National Geographic magazines—Papua New Guinea in the…

Mike at the Movies

McFarland, USA (PG) **** Sports movies have one thing going for them: Done right, they can get away with plotting clichés that other films can’t. And this film is filled with almost every cliché in the sporting lexicon, but it’s…