Point-to-point hike to burn off a feast’s calories

Trout Brook Valley Preserve in Easton. —Rob McWilliams photo

This is my first column about a point-to-point hike. All the others have been loops. Loops are certainly convenient. There’s no need to “spot” a car or use public transport. But sometimes it’s nice not to divide a hike into out and back. And every Black Friday for many ...

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Classics, and some leftovers

What’s on your family’s movie menu this weekend? The holiday weekend serves a marvelous collection of classics with few leftovers in the bunch. Here is what’s showing on television and cable.   Rear Window There’s no telling what we will see if we spend all our time looking out the window. ...

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Pass the gravy and the gratitude

Thanksgiving dinner.

“Thankful for friends and loved ones, too, Thankful for all things, good and true, Thankful for harvest in the Fall, Thankful to Him who gave it all.” —Lizelia Augusta Jenkins Moorer I am so grateful for Thanksgiving, a holiday that encompasses the concept of gratitude in such a delicious way. ...

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Honoring Angela Lansbury’s legendary career

On Nov. 16, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded an honorary Oscar to Angela Lansbury for her lifetime of work in movies. The legendary actress was first nominated for an Oscar for her first film in 1944, later securing two more nominations without ever winning a competitive ...

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2014 Jeep Compass Limited 4×4

2014 Jeep Compass Limited 4x4

One of our drivers fell in love with the 2014 Jeep Compass; another one didn’t like it at all. Bland and boring, it’s not. It elicits strong emotions in people who drive it. The difference, apparently, was distance and load. The driver who liked the Compass drove it around town and used it for ...

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Healthy choice for a Thanksgiving side dish

Roasted with Maple Balsamic Reduction and Candied Walnuts

The holiday season is approaching and there is always so much to do. We have to grocery shop, iron the tablecloths, bring up the folding chairs from the cellar, wait… “where are the chairs?” Ugh… I’m already overwhelmed and tired, and this is just the list!  We need to be organized, ...

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Clockwork takes all the right steps

The Thirty Nine Steps at Clockwork Repertory Theatre.

When it comes to theater, the whole experience counts. Director Harold Pantely at Clockwork Repertory Theatre in Oakville takes full advantage of this and makes a grand entrance. Since the play is “The 39 Steps,” based on a Hitchcock movie, Pantely enters the stage as Alfred Hitchcock. He is ...

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