Envelopes at wakes are for … ?

Thanks!

Q.  At wakes, I see many envelopes left on a table for the family of the deceased. Are they just sympathy cards or cards with money in them, and if so, how much is the expected donation? Also, If you send flowers to the funeral home, do you also have to give money to the... Read More

‘Woody Sez’ defines the American spirit

David M. Lutken performs as Woody Guthrie in ‘Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie’ at TheaterWorks, Hartford.

Note: This show has been extended to Sept. 21. Some people just know what they have to do with their lives. One of those people was the iconic folk singer Woody Guthrie. This guitar-and-harmonica-playing singer sang about the lives of everyday hard-working honest Americans. In Woody Sez: The ...

Read More

Remembering Robin Williams

Robin Williams, with Jeff Bridges, in The Fisher King.

He looked, in his richest moments on screen, as if he couldn’t wait each morning to go to the studio to step before the camera. When he was “on” he brought an enthusiasm to acting that thrilled with each surprise. And he continued, until the tragic end of his life, to redefine himself as an... ...

Read More

Two delightful Audrey Hepburn choices this weekend

Audrey Hepburn in Wait Until Dark (1967).

This weekend offers several chances to savor the screen work of the lovely Audrey Hepburn as well as rediscover some gems from the best. Take a look at what’s available on broadcast television and non-premium cable. Wait Until Dark (1967) Yes, there are thrillers with more blood and louder ...

Read More

You say ‘Tomayto,’ I say ‘Tomahto’: we all love tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes are a popular choice.

“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasureable thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” —Lewis Grizzard Tomatoes, tomatoes, everywhere! In August, farmer’s markets overflow with these round globes of goodness. The splendid summer heat has ripened the Big Girls and Boys, Beefsteaks, Jet ...

Read More

Gift registry: option, not requirement

Shower gifts: registries are only an option, not a requirement.

Q.  I just received a baby shower invitation and it listed where the parents are registered. Is this proper? Do I have to buy something from the registry? A.  Yes, it is proper — the majority of guests invited to a shower are grateful to know what the parents need and are pleased to buy... Read More

Competitions: Quiz Show, Moneyball, The Social Network

Quiz Show is one of the Reel Dad's recommended films on TV this weekend.

There’s something for just about every movie taste this weekend on broadcast television and non-premium cable. Take a look and enjoy family movie time at home! Quiz Show (1994) When television was new, in the 1950s, game shows were a national obsession. Viewers loved to watch others succeed, ...

Read More