A winter test in Devil’s Den

Sinking sun on fresh snow on the Hiltebeitel Trail, Devil's Den. —Rob McWilliams

It was 30 degrees below freezing, not counting wind chill. A moaning north wind was making the top branches of the woods dance against a gray sky. I climbed over boulders covered in four inches of fresh snow, trying not to step into the now hidden gaps between them. I looked up to the top... ...

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This Week’s Movie Menu: Some classics from Hollywood

What’s on your family’s movie menu this weekend? The start of any new year can remind us how a movie reflects the specifics of time. As I often tell my sons, we can fully appreciate a film if we look at what it offers through the lens of its release date. Some films may age... Read More

Her: A touching digital fantasy

As we savor the holiday season — and some of the best films of the year fill theaters — the Reel Dad checks out the nutritional value of the offerings. This week’s pick is the romantic comedy, Her, from director Spike Jonze. We fill our lives with digital voices that guide many steps we ...

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A sensational recipe for the New Year

A sensational recipe for the New Year

“Each New Year, we have before us 365 brand-new days. Let us fill each and every day with loving intent. Choose your words with the utmost of care, share loving thoughts with all you meet and bestow charity upon those less fortunate than yourself.” January is a glorious testament to the ...

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Let’s start the New Year slim and trim!

The Twice-Baked Twins recommend 'Breakfast Quinoa.'

We are definitely thinking healthy after all this holiday cheer, and eating healthy is the way to go. The best way to start the day is with a satisfying breakfast, the first meal and the most important meal of the day.  We all have the same excuses and say the same things every morning “I... ...

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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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