Category: Features

Summer Scoop

I’m not too proud to say it. I was in Rockville, I was having a bad day and I needed an ice cream cone. I spotted an ice cream place up the street and had a sudden, triumphant vision of myself…

Chili Out

Summer will be over soon and the kids will be back in school, so let’s eat out while we can. I recently met Spike at a charity affair and was very impressed by him, his food and his book. The…

“1000 Places To See Before You Die: A Traveler’s Life List”

“1000 Places To See Before You Die: A Traveler’s Life List” Written by Patricia Schultz During a Christmas shopping trip to a mega-bookseller in 2003, I noticed a display promoting the newly published “1,000 Places To See Before You Die:…

Savoring Steinbeck Country

Ever since I read “John Steinbeck: A Writer” by Jay Parini, I’ve longed to visit his literary landscape of Monterey County, Calif. I’ve yearned to see Cannery Row in Monterey, Monterey Bay, and especially Salinas, Calif., Steinbeck’s birthplace and now…

Mike at the Movies

“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” (PG-13) ** I still don’t like vampire movies. Call me contrarian and I know that what the critics say will not touch these pictures, but that does not remove from us the responsibility for commenting on…

The Way Grandmother Rode

I never knew my Grandmother Nora. She had died more than a quarter-century before I was born, but my mother used to tell me stories about her. One in particular I can still remember: “Your Grandmother Nora rode on a…

“Eva Moves the Furniture”

“Eva Moves the Furniture” Written by Margot Livesey Margot Livesey has explained how “Eva Moves the Furniture” (2001) came about again and again, because interviewers invariably ask her about its genesis. The story is quite unlike anything Livesey has written…

“Let the Great World Spin” Written by Colum McCann

Colum Mc-Cann begins his 2009 National Book Award winner, “Let the Great World Spin,” powerfully: “Those who saw him hushed. On Church Street. Liberty. Cortlandt. West Street. Fulton. Vesey. It was a silence that heard itself, awful and beautiful.” He…