At the dinner table and more

Q.  We often have casual dinners that include our children and the children of our friends. The children get restless when the dinner is long. Is it permissible for them to leave the table ahead of the adults?   A.  Yes, It’s hard for a young child to sit quietly through a long meal ...

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Thinking about past Oscar-winners this weekend

What’s on your family’s movie menu this weekend? With the excitement over the Oscar nominations, selections from the Hollywood archives remind us of the films the Academy has honored over the years. Here are some highlights on television this weekend.   The Philadelphia Story Now and then, ...

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The Reel Dad awards ‘The Schumies’

As the awards begin for the best movies of 2013, “The Schumies” honor the most nutritious achievements of the movie year!   Baked to Perfection: 12 Years a Slave The best films inspire us to imagine what we may never live. Working from a memoir written in 1853, 12 Years a Slave reaches ...

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Weekend TV watching: some over-the-top movies

What’s on your family’s movie menu this weekend? While it may be tempting to spend the weekend watching football, a classic film from the Hollywood archives can provide an entertaining diversion. Here are some highlights this weekend.   Victor/Victoria In 1982, some 18 years after winning ...

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Doggie bags — polite? Dealing with rudeness


Q.  Is it ok to ask for a doggie bag in a restaurant if I have food left on my plate at the end of the meal?   A. Yes, but don’t call it a doggie bag since it’s a pretty good bet your leftovers are not bones that are going to a dog. Rather,... Read More

A warm family tradition: lentil soup

Lentil soup

Different cultures have different holiday traditions. On New Year’s Day, our family always prepares lentils, or “little coins,” for the family meal.  The lentil is an annual plant in the legume family with a variety of colors, including yellow, red, brown and black, and is a great way to start ...

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2014 BMW 328i Gran Turismo: A sporty car that can handle the snow

2014 BMW 328i GT

The snow was falling steadily in Waterbury, Conn., and we were wondering whether the BMW 328i that was to be delivered that morning would be able to navigate treacherous roads that afternoon. The last 3 Series we’d driven had rear-wheel drive. And the last sporty German rear-drive car we’d ...

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