Category: Features

“Lifesaving: A Memoir”

“Lifesaving: A Memoir” Written by Judith Barrington It was hard for poet Judith Barrington to write “Lifesaving: A Memoir” (2000). In her poetry and fiction, she could soften the starkness of her raw emotions, but the memoir required her to…

Thanksgiving 2010

Another Thanks-giving. I don’t know where the year has gone — summer escaped me and now it is almost Christmas! My friends and family won’t let me use any turkey recipe but my old Sure Success Moist Turkey, but they…

Mike at the Movies

“Mao’s Last Dancer” (PG) ***** An absolute gem of a film. It is based on a true story of a Chinese dancer who defected in the ‘80s while a student with the Houston Ballet. The director of the ballet at…

Around Town

Urbana Volunteer Fire and Rescue
Open House
 The Urbana Volunteer Fire and Rescue will host an open house Sunday, October 17, and area residents are invited to see the department’s fire equipment (including the new engine that arrived in June), learn…

Out & About

You must get out and enjoy the sun, the warm afternoons and cool crisp evenings during the month of October while taking in and maybe even photographing the leaves as they change from green to orange and red. Frederick County…

Traveling Alone

You’re here by yourself?” a fellow traveler asked me on a recent cruise I took from Baltimore  to Halifax, Nova Scotia. “Yes, indeed. I’ve been traveling by myself for a long time,” I reassured him. “I can go where and…

Reader’s Choice “Labor Day”

Written by Joyce Maynard Joyce Maynard. Just her name conjures up so many images for me that my curiosity impelled me to pick up her recently released paperback, “Labor Day.” In the 1980s Maynard wrote a syndicated column, “Domestic Affairs,”…

Pumpkin Treats

Seasonal cooking becomes more fun when I try to come up with culinary treats to honor the holidays. As we head into the fall and winter holidays, add these delicious, decadent and unique recipes to your repertoire. PUMPKIN PATCH SHAKE…

Mike at the Movies

“Get Low” (PG-13) ***** Felix Bush (Robert Duvall) is a reclusive, highly anti-social hermit, so it is no surprise that he has a secret. For 40 years he lived in a self-imposed hermitic state in isolated repentance for an act…