Category: Features

Bon Appetit Sandy Spring

Several times each week I stop at my favorite business, The French Confection, in Sandy Spring, Md. I usually have a ham sandwich on a mini-baguette, a mug of chocolate macadamia nut coffee, and a walnut chocolate chip cookie. I…

Reader’s Choice

“Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” Written by Helen Simonson After many false starts, Helen Simonson finally discovered the winning ticket to writing her first published novel. She tells an interviewer she put aside her early efforts at an edgy sort of…

QOP Resident Makes Local Hospital Home

Born, raised, educated and in the midst of a satisfying and challenging career in health care in Colorado, Shelly Leyba surprised everyone in her family and back in her hometown three years ago when she packed up and moved to Kentlands…

Mike at the Movies

“No Strings Attached” (R) **** This film could have gone so wrong. It’s one of those films that looks so good in the trailer that you can’t wait to see it, only to find that the only good bits were…

When Telling a Lie Isn’t so Bad…

In my entire life, I’ve fibbed dozens of times — usually to be polite or to get out of attending some mind-numbing social event — but I’ve only told one really big lie. … Are you on the edge of…

The Gift of Giving

This year for her birthday, Lakelands resident Marci McCalley decided it would be better to give than to receive, and she invited all her friends and family to join her. McCalley sent out a request in November, titled “40 for…

For One Local Family: Proximity is the Best Gift of All

Some families have to go to great lengths to spend the holidays together, but for Sally and Tom Marchessault, being with their grandchildren on Christmas is as easy as getting a phone call and putting on their coats. “We literally…

Last Minute Shopping Ideas

If you’ve made your list, checked it twice, and realized you have some last-minute Christmas shopping to do, you better not pout, you better not cry because it’s not as bad as you think. There’s no need to stress about…

Mike at the Movies

“Black Swan” (R) **** There is considerable controversy about this film and much misleading writing about it. You’ll have to see it for yourself to determine the causes for the, in my opinion, misinterpretations of what the film is about,…