Category: Features

“Love and Summer”

“Love and Summer” Written by William Trevor How could it be that I’ve only now just discovered the prolific William Trevor? The 82-year-old Irish writer who now calls England home has won the O. Henry Prize four times, the Whitbread…

New Year’s Feast

We haven’t gone out to eat on New Year’s for many years. Instead, making a gourmet feast with friends, with each couple bringing a wonderful dish and sharing the cost of the main dish, became the norm. We didn’t enjoy…

Shop Talk

Atlantic Grille Set to Open in VOU Atlantic Grille Manager Peter Klisas says he plans to open his casual American dining establishment in late January 2011 in the former New York J & P Pizza restaurant on John Simmons Street…

Out & About

The holiday season is typically filled with food, friends and family and festive gatherings, keeping our calendars filled all December long. It can also be a time to reflect upon a lost loved one. Here is what you’ll need to…

Small Town Christmas

I didn’t even need a sweater outside in late November this year, but Christmas decorations have had already started to bloom in all the stores and shopping centers near the community where I live. In fact, I’ve seen signs of…

December Is Holiday Time

No matter what your faith, most of us think of December as holiday time. A time of gift giving, family, friends and feasts.  No matter how you celebrate, here are some easy, delicious dishes for the holidays. KONA-BLACKENED FILETS WITH…

Mike at the Movies

“Morning Glory” (PG-13) **** The trailers were misleading. They indicated that this was Rachel McAdams’ movie. The pivotal character, however, the anchor, the fulcrum is Harrison Ford. His character is so deliciously awful — he’s defined early on as “the…

The Last Chinese Chef

“The Last Chinese Chef” Written by Nicole Mones Nicole Mones gives readers two gifts in her novel, “The Last Chinese Chef” (2007). The first is an appealing story of a budding cross-cultural romance between two complex characters. The other is…

Out & About

Grab your coats, scarves, hats and mittens, but don’t forget your holiday spirit as you go Out and About this November in Frederick County. Experience the magic of the season when you take in these events sure to brighten your…

Treasuring Small Gifts

One day a few weeks ago the mailman knocked at my door. “Package for you,” he said, and I opened the door. Leaning against the wall was a small jiffy envelope with the return address of my great-niece in Springfield,…