Category: Features

The Mediterranean Diet Can Help Keep You Healthy

There is a lot of conflicting information out there about what we should eat to stay healthy. But recently, U.S. News & World Report set the record straight when it named Mediterranean-style eating the Best Diet Overall alongside the DASH…

Novelists Engage With Suspense, Sense of Time and Place

Photo | Submitted The Huntress by Kate Quinn

Two wonderful novels ended my summer — both suspenseful efforts by fine storytellers I’ve enjoyed before. Earlier this year, author Kate Quinn, known for her 2017 bestseller, “The Alice Network,” published another historical spy  novel, “The Huntress.” In the new…

The Vibrant World of Silk Painting

Image | Phyllis Gordon Artist Phyllis Gordon used silk as her canvas to create “The Layers Beneath.”

Using silk as your canvas is a sophisticated and intricate artistry that produces distinctive results. Gaithersburg Artist Collective member Phyllis Gordon has perfected the technique and shared her experience with the process that achieves the fluid beauty of her scarves,…

Eye on Art: ‘New Perspectives’ in Pastels

Photo | Submitted “Urban Color” by Barb North is one of the works by Maryland Pastel Society members now on exhibit at the Kentlands Mansion.

When you think of pastel, your mind conjures up pale colors, lightness, softness—not always true from a medium that has been used since the Renaissance and does not rely on brushes for application. Pastels come in cylindrical sticks that have…

Wild Wanderings: Living Dinosaurs

Photo | Submitted The connection between birds and dinosaurs was centered around the famous fossil Archaeopteryx, which had, like birds, fused clavicles or a wishbone.

Birds are dinosaurs. They descended from a group of dinosaurs called theropods and,  because they are dinosaurs, birds are also reptiles. Wondering if this is scientifically controversial? It isn’t. Early on when the dinosaur-bird link was being discovered, circa 1860,…

Mike at the Movies

Photo | Submitted Han Chen, Aoi Mizuhara, Diana Lin and Awkwafina star in “The Farewell.”

The Farewell (PG) This is one of my favorite films for the entire year. An exquisite study of the American belief in independent spirit versus the Chinese belief in family above all, this film is introduced by the warning: “This…

History, Mystery and Romance Distinguish Winspear’s Latest Maisie Dobbs Novel

Photo | Submitted The American Agent by Jacqueline WInspear

Immediately upon learning that Jacqueline Winspear had published a new novel, I reserved it on the public library website and eagerly awaited my turn. Consistent with expectations based on previous experiences, “The American Agent,” no. 15 in the Maisie Dobbs…

Mike at the Movies

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (R) It is 1969. Everything is big cars, scantily clad hippies, overpaid starlets, drugs and, eventually, the Tate murders. The Tate murders are not previewed until a shot of the street name “El Cielo,”…

The Jury Is Out on Christmas in July

I sit in my favorite chair snuggled under a blanket, coffee mug in hand and watch the closing credits of “Switched at Christmas.” Which would all be completely normal if it wasn’t the middle of July. Or maybe this is…