In praise of pumpkins

Celebrate with pumpkins.

“For pottage and puddings and custards and pies Our pumpkins and parsnips are common supplies, We have pumpkins at morning and pumpkins at noon, If it were not for pumpkins we should be undoon.” —Pilgrim Verse circa 1633 Surely the Pilgrims gave great praise and thanksgiving for pumpkins! In a ...

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2014 Mini Cooper S Hardtop: Charming, with some drawbacks

2014 Mini Cooper S Hardtop

The holy trinity of fun retro minicars – the Fiat 500, Volkswagen New Beetle and the Mini Cooper – evoke memories of small, fuel-efficient, versatile cars designed to serve working-class families. The modern versions remain small and easy on gasoline, but versatile, they’re not. Many Americans ...

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Best tenors ever lent to a comedy

The cast of Lend Me A Tenor.

Little Theatre, Town Players of Newtown: The Cleveland Grand Opera has sold out the house because the world-renowned tenor Tito Merelli is scheduled to perform. Saunders, the general manager has taken care of everything, including assigning Max to Merelli to make sure the tenor doesn’t drink or ...

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Movies you may have missed the first time

Best in Show, Christopher Guest.

Part of the fun of catching films on television is the chance to see things you may have missed when first released. Of course, you may enjoy some movies more than others, or you may discover new favorites. Check out these titles on broadcast and cable television this weekend. The Mirror Has ...

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Eye On The 60s celebrates a photographer’s view

An image taken by Rowland Scherman for Life magazine.

A friend of mine who loves movies refuses to watch documentaries. While I suggest this view limits his cinema experience, he responds that, if he wants to watch real people on screen, he can turn his television to the real housewives. After I speculate that reality shows may not be all that ...

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2015 Honda Fit EX: Less fits now with redesign

2015 Honda Fit EX

Summarizing the Honda Fit five years ago, we observed: “The Fit has minivan versatility and sports-car fun to go along with its econobox fuel economy and Japanese reliability.” Although the Fit has been redesigned since 2009, its essential character hasn’t changed much. It’s a little quieter, a ...

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We’re not lyin’…… we are fryin’ our turkey!

Judy and Joy's family's turkey will be deep-fried.

For the past few years we have been frying our holiday bird! The Thanksgiving meal is truly a special event at our home. Joy likes it to be an experience as well as a fabulous family meal. We begin the day before by preparing the turkeys. Two turkeys will be fried and one will be... Read More