The cars we drove: 2013, Part I

The 2013 Chrysler 2013 Limited.

When assessing our prospective cars of the year, we consider qualities such as price, fuel economy, reliability, ride, power and handling. Oftentimes, several cars fall very close together in these categories, so we have to resort to choosing Miss Personality – the car or truck that makes us ...

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August: Osage County: Film version leaves us wanting more

As we celebrate the holiday season — and major movies fill the theaters — the Reel Dad checks out the nutritional value of the new releases. This week’s pick is August: Osage County, the film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Families can be too real for comfort. While we share the ...

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Some American heroes, and some other characters

What’s on your family’s movie menu this weekend? With all the busy activities of the holidays, a movie might be just what the family needs to relax. Here are a few possibilities from the Hollywood archives.   The Right Stuff For a nation filled with ambition, the US Space Program of the ...

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Chestnuts roasting in a warm oven

Chestnuts — a holiday treat.

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love” —Hamilton Wright Mabie   One of the many joys of cooking during the holiday season is experimenting with new ingredients to create delicious healthy recipes. Imagine my delight when a dear friend recently cooked ...

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A perfect winter warm-up

The best hot chocolate!

Ahhhh the winter season!! You either love it or hate it! The first snowfall is always so beautiful and exciting. But the second one, not so much.  Now, it is getting cold outside, the outdoor lights need to go on the house and it’s time to go searching and hunting for the perfect Christmas ...

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Phylicia Rashad directs ‘Fences’ at Long Wharf

Long Wharf Theatre: Fences

August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Fences,” is now on stage at Long Wharf Theatre’s Main Stage in New Haven. Wilson, who followed Eugene O’Neill’s idea of a cycle of plays, created 10. Each cycle represents a decade of the 20th Century. “Fences” is his fifth play and therefore ...

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Funny Girl and just plain fun this weekend

What’s on your family’s movie menu this weekend? As we look forward to the holidays, and anticipate the major movie releases of the season, the weekend offers an appetizing mix of music, drama and comedy. Here is what’s showing on television and cable.   Funny Girl What a thrill, back in ...

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