Category: Features

Mike at the Movies

Photo | Submitted The Addams Family

The Addams Family (PG) A nice, nostalgic trip back in time to the days of the TV series of the same name, this one features a smart script and the usual impossible family members who combine to drive Margaux Needler…

Multiple Narrators Tell Suspenseful Stories in Two Novels

The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff

The joy that has enriched my life since early childhood resurged in two successive novels I read in September. Getting lost in a good story serves as a temporary escape from some of the pervasive anxiety, anger and sadness intrinsic…

Kaufman’s Kitchen: ‘Just Peachy’

In Maryland, our wonderfully capricious weather lets us hold on to that summertime feeling into fall. “Just Peachy” by Belinda Smith-Sullivan (Gibbs-Smith 2019) will help you preserve those warm summer vibes even when fall truly arrives. This beautiful cookbook has…

Mike at the Movies

Photo | Submitted Abominable

Abominable (PG) Finally, an animated film that keeps its script intact and forward-moving with the magic and light shows as part of the story rather than the driver of the action. The storyline is simple: A Yeti eventually known as…

Flowers Inspire Kentlands Photographer Roy Kelley

Photo | Roy Kelley Roy Kelley photographed this Dahlia, Best Bett, Mystic Spirit at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylva- nia, using a Canon PowerShot G11 camera.

You may have seen prolific floral photographer Roy Kelley and his wife, Dolores, on one of their flower walks around Kentlands. A former real estate broker originally from Portsmouth, Virginia, Kelley has enjoyed photography as a hobby since childhood. At…

Spice Girl

I’m just a girl, standing in the grocery store Labor Day weekend, wondering why all my normal foods now have pumpkin spice. And it’s not just the grocery store; it’s everywhere. Coffee, candles, creamer, cookies, cream cheese and all manner…

Mike at the Movies

Photo | Submitted Bill Skarsgård stars as Pennywise in “It Chapter Two.”

It Chapter Two (R) Jessica Chastain (Beverly) and James McEvoy (Bill) mark a major upgrade for the franchise, but they are still not enough to improve the quality of the film much over the original “It” (2017). The plot is…

Mike at the Movies

Photo | Submitted Zack Gottsagen and Shia LaBeouf star in “The Peanut Butter Falcon.”

The Peanut Butter Falcon (PG-13) This low-budget sleeper features sterling performances by Shia LaBeouf as Tyler and Dakota Johnson as Eleanor with a wonderful turn by newcomer, Down Syndrome actor Zack Gottsagen as Zak. The strong cast also features Thomas…

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…