Category: Features

Pillow Talk

If we had throw pillows on our couches growing up, I don’t remember anything about them. I mean, I am sure we had whatever came with the furniture but they were an afterthought and inconsequential to me. Likewise, my bed…

Mike at the Movies

Photo | Submitted Ben Mendelsohn plays the villain Talos in “Captain Marvel.”

Captain Marvel (PG-13) When I see a film with credits for “Visual Effects” personnel that scroll on for page after page, I get the feeling that humans got lost in the process of making a film. Exhibit one is this…

Wild Wanderings: Humming Into Spring

Photo | Orietta C. Estrada The ruby-throated hummingbird breeds in Maryland each summer.

There are over 330 different species of hummingbird in the world. We are lucky to have one species that breeds in Maryland each summer—the ruby-throated hummingbird. A hummingbird’s wings beat so fast that they make an audible hum as the…

Two Books Everyone’s Talking About… for Different Reasons

This month’s choices came from the sphere of “Everyone’s talking about them, and I want to know why.” What Tayari Jones’ “An American Marriage” and A.J. Finn’s “The Woman in the Window” have in common is being published to great…

Getting Squirrely

Just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean the squirrels aren’t out to get you. Seriously. I’ve been around the block a few times, lived in the suburbs nearly my whole life, and people, I am here to say, the squirrels are…

‘Musicalia’ Rings at the Arts Barn

Photo | Marylou Bono Alfredo Ortiz, Carol Sontheimer, Magruder Murray, Roxana Rojas-Luzon, Bill Mapes, Frances Stowe-Sinkler and Meg Schaap gather at an artists reception for their work showcased in “Musicalia,” at the Arts Barn through March 31.

Music can name the unnameable, and communicate the unknowable said composer Leonard Bernstein … and so plays “Musicalia,” the sound and shape of music in all formats, at the Arts Barn. As a companion to several musical events at the…

Mike at the Movies

Photo | Submitted Florence Pugh and Jack Lowden star in “Fighting with My Family.”

Fighting with My Family (PG-13) Yeah, so it’s predictable and the characters tend to be a bit stock, but this is one fun movie about a real-life person. Florence Pugh stars brilliantly as professional wrestler Paige (aka Saraya Knight) with…

Wild Wanderings: Divers at Inspiration Lake

Photo | Orietta C. Estrada A rare Red-necked Grebe enjoys a meal on Inspiration Lake.

Six lakes spread across Kentlands and Lakelands. Five of them are lined up next to one another, which makes this area perfect for birding. There’s always something interesting to see here, especially during this time of year because water birds…

A Glimpse Into the Canons of Two Prolific Contemporary Novelists

This past month, I discovered two novelists who are compelling storytellers and best of all, have written multiple well-received books I can add to my “must read” list. It’s always a delight to try something new—and love it. A number…

ALOG’s Colors and Imagination Light up Kentlands Mansion

Bill Mapes’ “Nataliya” received an Oil/ Acrylic award in the 6th Annual Art League of Germantown show.

Not even the wintry mix deterred art lovers from the Kentlands Mansion recently to view the 6th annual Art League of Germantown (ALOG) multi-media exhibit “Colors and Imagination.” Juried into the show by Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro, an accomplished painter and native…