How to keep up your end of a conversation

Q.  How can I get better at small talk? I never know what to say and end up creating big silent moments that seem awkward. This is especially hard when I’ve just been introduced and don’t know the person.   A.  Two great ways to initiate a conversation, or keep one going, even with ...

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What films did Oscar forget?

As we bask in the memories of Oscar night, we should remember some films that the Academy overlooked. Check on line and DVD for these films that should not disappear.   Enough Said. Quiet comedies about real people always face an uphill journey with the Academy. This gem of a romantic ...

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Friday Night Lights celebrates traditions

Looking for a movie this weekend? As we look back at the Academy Awards, and hopefully look ahead to warmer weather, check out one of these films broadcast this weekend on television. Here are a few movies to consider.   Friday Night Lights Feature of the Weekend Few experiences bring ...

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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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2014 Toyota Camry SE Sport: More than meets the eye

2014 Toyota Camry SE Sport

A decade or two ago, the Toyota Camry was without peer in its class. This Japanese midsize sedan was indisputably superior to anything being built at the time in Asia or the United States, and the European automakers couldn’t match its low price. Things have changed. At least nine companies ...

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Past Oscar winners this weekend

Looking for a movie this weekend? To get ready for the Academy Awards on March 2, check out one of the past winners broadcast this weekend on television. Here are a few films to consider.   The Bridge on the River Kwai Feature of the Weekend None of us can predict how we might react... Read More

Picking this year’s Oscar winners

12 Years A Slave: Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Because 2013 brought us so many strong films, predicting the Oscar winners is a challenge. Here’s how The Reel Dad views the major categories that will be announced March 2.   Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave What a fascinating race. Will the Academy recognize the visual innovation of ...

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