Keeping the faith in February

The beginning of a great winter meal: bok choy.

“Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to morale.” —Elsa Schiaparelli   As I watch the blinding, swirling snow squalls  filling the sky on this ...

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Home rules; how to deal with personal questions

Thanks!

A question of etiquette? Q.  We have very small children who play on the floor, so, for reasons of germs and cleanliness, we do not wear shoes in the house and ask any guests to remove their shoes, as well. This is important to us but it doesn’t seem to be a welcome request. How... Read More

A Winter Climb in the Taconics

Race Brook Falls, Feb. 26, 2014. —Rob McWilliams photo

“Only Japan has four seasons” say some Japanese proudly. My wife and I worked in Japan many years ago – met and married in Tokyo, in fact – and we heard this odd claim from time to time. Foreigners like us chuckled about it. Didn’t they know that other places saw four seasons too? But... Read More

Some warming film choices for the weekend

Tired of the cold? As we continue to endure a cold winter, movies on television this weekend certainly heat things up. Here are a few films to consider watching.   Raiders of the Lost Ark Feature of the Weekend When I introduce my favorite films to my family, I remind them to look at ...

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Spaceman: Insightful documentary about an unlikely hero

Former Red Sox and Montreal Expo pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee will be at the Ridgefield Playhouse Friday at 7:30 and will take questions following a screening of “Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey.” ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

If you are counting the days to the first pitch of baseball season, you can get ready to play ball at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday evening with the showing of Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey followed by a question-and-answer session with veteran pitcher Bill Lee.  With winter showing no ...

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Borrowing and payback; how to handle (?) asparagus

Q. What do you do about a neighbor who, at least once a week, borrows some food item she needs urgently, but never pays back? After awhile, the cost adds up. I want to help her out, but am starting to resent these requests.   A. Since she is forgetting her manners about promptly ...

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The sweet appeal of kindness

Try a pineapple salsa to add a sweet and spicy flavor to a winter meal.

“Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight? Always try to be a little kinder than necessary.” —J.M. Barrie   When it comes to feeding our bodies, we are often not very kind to ourselves. We overindulge with sweets or stuff ourselves with salty, crunchy chips and crackers, drink too ...

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