Holiday cards, some guidelines

etiquette.holiday.cards

Q. Is it impolite not to hand-sign holiday cards? A.  No, it is not impolite, although if you are sending the cards yourself, then adding a personal note makes the recipients feel that you are thinking about them, not just sending out a mass mailing. A simple “Thinking of all the Johnsons and ...

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Wild traces emotional and physical journey

Reese Witherspoon in Wild.

Her weathered face suggests she has been outdoors for some time, while her eyes define her purpose. Suddenly, accidentally, her hiking boot slips down a ravine, out of reach. How will she be able to continue her journey through the wild? With anger, candor and resolve, Reese Witherspoon ...

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2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited: Approaching luxury with latest iteration

2015 Subaru Legacy 3.6R Limited

It seems every time we test drive a new Subaru, it’s more quiet, composed and refined than the last one was. This invariably sets up cognitive dissonance with our memories of the rough, noisy, cramped Subarus of the 1970s and ’80s. Those qualities, negative yet somehow endearing, were excised ...

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Steve Martin: A Picasso of comedic art

Picasso at the Lapin Agile brings together Pablo Picasso, left, played by Grayson DeJesus, opposite Robbie Tann as Einstein, and their friendly bartender Tom Riis Farrell.

When audiences first meet Einstein in Long Wharf’s production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile, his hair is neatly combed. “What you don’t recognize me?” asks the actor playing the genius of relativity. He then runs his hands through his hair feverishly until it looks wild and weird. He suddenly ...

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Look to the classics

Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn in Miracle on 34th Street.

As the temperatures drop, what better way to keep warm than by watching classic originals and remakes on broadcast and cable television? Take a look at what’s showing this weekend. The Shop Around the Corner (1940) This lovely tale of slow-to-discover love has been filmed a few times over ...

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Taming a ‘language bully’

Language Bully

Q.  We have a friend in our group that has a very annoying habit of correcting grammar or language mistakes when we’re all together, and over group email chats.  If I point out that this friend is a “language bully” am I just as bad?  Or is there a better way to handle? Please help... Read More

The Imitation Game reveals one man’s secrets

Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game.

History celebrates heroes with brushstrokes of bravery, valor and humility. Behind familiar images that preserve moments in time are unsung heroes we may easily forget. Looking beyond popular notions of bravery can reveal people who make real differences despite the personal challenges they ...

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