Friday Night Lights celebrates traditions

Looking for a movie this weekend? As we look back at the Academy Awards, and hopefully look ahead to warmer weather, check out one of these films broadcast this weekend on television. Here are a few movies to consider.   Friday Night Lights Feature of the Weekend Few experiences bring ...

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2014 Toyota Camry SE Sport: More than meets the eye

2014 Toyota Camry SE Sport

A decade or two ago, the Toyota Camry was without peer in its class. This Japanese midsize sedan was indisputably superior to anything being built at the time in Asia or the United States, and the European automakers couldn’t match its low price. Things have changed. At least nine companies ...

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Past Oscar winners this weekend

Looking for a movie this weekend? To get ready for the Academy Awards on March 2, check out one of the past winners broadcast this weekend on television. Here are a few films to consider.   The Bridge on the River Kwai Feature of the Weekend None of us can predict how we might react... Read More

Picking this year’s Oscar winners

12 Years A Slave: Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Because 2013 brought us so many strong films, predicting the Oscar winners is a challenge. Here’s how The Reel Dad views the major categories that will be announced March 2.   Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave What a fascinating race. Will the Academy recognize the visual innovation of ...

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Seven Angels sews an Irish play together seamlessly

Curtain Call — reviews with Joanne Greco Rochman.

It’s no secret that the Irish have always had a way with words and Mary Hanes’ “The Crimson Thread,” now at Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, is no exception. Often poetic, the dialogue here is as attractive and strong as the three generations of women who speak the lines lyrically and with ...

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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