Looking forward at the new year

Check out the 1982 film version of Annie, featuring a young Aileen Quinn, this weekend.

As the new year begins, with the annual commitments to resolution, broadcast and cable outlets offer some favorite films that focus on opportunities ahead. Take a look. Annie (1982) Yes, she is the most optimistic of movie heroines. And while a new version of the classic story now plays in ...

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Unbroken celebrates Zamperini’s bravery

Jack O'Connell as Louis Zamperini in 'Unbroken.'

If good intentions make a great film, Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken lands at the top of the list. From its opening combat sequence, this adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s biography of Louis Zamperini looks like a film that knows what it wants to be. As we follow the initial confrontation, we get ...

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A goldfish tragedy resolved

What to do when a goldfish floats...

Q.  My neighbor asked me to take care of her goldfish while she traveled recently. It died. I felt terrible but don’t think it was anything I did. I followed her instructions to the letter. I know if you break something at someone’s house you try to replace it. Is that true in this case?... Read More

Wishing all a glorious New Year

Blood orange juice sparks a New Year's cocktail.

Glory to God in highest heaven, Who unto man His Son hath given; While angels sing with tender mirth, A glad new year to all the earth. —Martin Luther New Year’s Eve is a glorious time to reflect upon the events of the year, to cherish fond memories, acknowledge achievements, and to be humbled ...

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2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES: Low gas prices work against it

2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES

The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage – right car, wrong year. That about sums up the rebirth of Mitsubishi’s subcompact hatchback as a minicar. The Mirage’s premise is not styling, performance or comfort. It’s a no-nonsense little car that gets fairly high marks for versatility, warranty, fuel economy ...

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2015 Honda CR-V AWD Touring: Only one complaint with this version

2015 Honda CR-V AWD Touring

What’s not to like about the Honda CR-V? This enduring staple of the compact-crossover segment has grown quieter, roomier, more refined and more fuel-efficient over the years. It’s the right size for most families. With available all-wheel drive, it’s more than capable in most kinds of weather. ...

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A family treasure: Nana’s Sponge Cake

Nana's Sponge Cake, a century-old recipe.

Finally, after years of talking about this special sponge cake … we found the family sponge cake recipe!  It is a recipe our mom has been raving  about for years. Every time we ask her a question about any cake recipe we write about, she always says, “I wish I could find Nana’s sponge ...

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