What to do with a tea bag?

Where to put the tea bag?

Q.  One of my friends prefers tea to coffee. I use tea bags, but don’t know what I’m supposed to do about taking the tea bag out, or leaving it in when I serve her the tea. A.  If you serve the tea with the tea bag still in the mug or cup, serve it... Read More

Some movies to share with the family

A scene from Mrs. Miniver brings home the effects of war on England.

Of all the way we share family time, movies give us all kinds of things to talk about. Thanks to a full weekend of films available on broadcast and cable television, it’s easy for everyone to discover something new on the screen. Take a look. His Girl Friday (1940) I have always loved to ...

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There’s no high with Reefer Madness

The cast of ‘Reefer Madness’ onstage at the Warner Theatre.

Warner Theatre, Torringon: Now that medical marijuana has become more widely used, and now that Colorado and Washington have legalized recreational marijuana, some of the irony and camp of Reefer Madness, the musical, has lost its glow. Based on a 1936 film that warned against the use of ...

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New York Film Festival offers a rich slate

Michael Keaton stars in Birdman, a feature at the New York Film Festival.

For people who love movies, our corner of the world offers many ways to savor our favorite pastime. In addition to the theaters and screenings in our area, we are a short train ride or drive away from one of the premier events of the movie season. This year marks the 52nd annual celebration ...

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Sound of Music — concerts coming up

* = Things to do with children. Popa Chubby, Fri., Sept. 19, 7:30; tickets $32;  StageOne Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford St.; fairfieldtheatre.org or 203-259-1036. NRBQ, Fri., Sept. 19, 8 p.m., $35;  Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge; ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5785. * Free ...

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The Reel Dad remembers Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall.

Paying tribute to Lauren Bacall She was the look, the voice and, at times, the purr. When Lauren Bacall recently died at age 89 some moviegoers — especially younger ones — may have asked, “who was that?” If so, they have missed being entertained by a unique talent and presence yet to ...

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Leaving politely; what to do with ‘candy cups’


Q.  My young children get a little antsy at the dinner table when they have finished eating but everyone else hasn’t. When it is just our family we will let them leave the table, but when we have company, should we insist they stay at the table or is it all right to excuse them?... Read More