Mr. Carson: My arbiter in all things

Whenever I have an etiquette problem and can’t remember if the fork should go on the left or on the right, or if it’s proper to put my feet on the table before or after dinner, I turn to the true arbiters of good taste … Downton Abbey. No Emily Post or Martha Stewart for... Read More

A special treat for Valentine’s Day

Romantic Sea Scallops in Vanilla Cream Sauce.

Valentine’s Day is almost here again and Judy and I love doing something special for our families. Whether it is with chocolates, “I love you” cards for the hubbies or flowers for Mom and the girls, our favorite thing is a quiet meal shared together. For breakfast we will serve up some red ...

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Suspense so thick, you can’t see through it

Trish Perry and Alexandra Petrova in a scene from ‘Dead Guilty’ at the Clockwork Repertory Theatre.

Dead Guilty by Richard Harris, now at Clockwork Repertory Theatre, Oakville, comes close to rivaling Stephen King’s Misery. Directed by Susan P. Pantely, this spine-chilling, edge-of-your-seat murder mystery is a Grade A psychological thriller. It focuses on a young graphic artist, Julia ...

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Still Alice explores the impact of Alzheimer’s disease

Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore in 'Still Alice.'

For any family touched by Alzheimer’s disease, the impact is severe, the outcome inevitable, and the loss profound. How tragic when the connection to memory severs; how devastating to watch a loved one slip away while wanting to help so much. Still Alice thoughtfully explores how this ...

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Movies that stand the test of time

The classic Casablanca, with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, will be screened Saturday night on PBS.

Looking back, some movies get better with time, while others don’t survive the passage of years. This weekend’s offerings on broadcast and cable television help us see how time can enhance or diminish what we remember seeing at the movies. Take a fresh look. Grease (1978) We didn’t care, when ...

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Behind the Screen: Super Bowl inspiration

The Super Bowl Proves That Truth Can Be As Exciting As Fiction Yesterday’s wild finish to the Super Bowl reminds us how movies about this sport may not always be as exciting as the real thing that happens before our eyes. So, if you can’t get enough of sports cliffhangers this day after the ...

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Dinner party dilemmas

What to do with olive pits?

Q.  We received an invitation to a dinner party and before I said yes or no I asked the hostess who else was invited. She seemed offended by that. Was that ok to do? A.  No, it is not polite to decide if you will or will not attend based on who else will be... Read More