The Reel Dad remembers Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall.

Paying tribute to Lauren Bacall She was the look, the voice and, at times, the purr. When Lauren Bacall recently died at age 89 some moviegoers — especially younger ones — may have asked, “who was that?” If so, they have missed being entertained by a unique talent and presence yet to ...

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Leaving politely; what to do with ‘candy cups’


Q.  My young children get a little antsy at the dinner table when they have finished eating but everyone else hasn’t. When it is just our family we will let them leave the table, but when we have company, should we insist they stay at the table or is it all right to excuse them?... Read More

2014 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ Turbo: A small bright spot in the Chevrolet line

2014 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ Turbo

Sadly, most of the news lately about Chevrolet’s subcompact segment has been negative. But there’s a silver lining around the clouds encompassing the Cavalier and Cobalt. The Sonic, a subcompact sedan that debuted during the 2012 model year, achieves a clean break from the mediocrity or worse ...

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Are eyebrow and nose rings interview-appropriate?


Q.  My son is applying for a job at a company that seems to have a fairly informal environment. I suggested that he remove his eyebrow and nose rings for the interview and he said that was ridiculous, that they are part of who he is. Who is right? A. Generally speaking, you are. The... Read More

The bounty of fall’s farmers’ markets

Eggplant is a treat right now.

“One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.” —Henry David Thoreau The September Farmers’ Market is positively lush, burgeoning with the last of summer’s seasonal bounty. Tomatoes, deeply ripened by the searing August sun, are at their prime peak of perfection. Sweet ...

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The Cemetery Club at Phoenix Stage in Naugatuck shines

The Cemetery Club.

Phoenix Stage Company, Naugatuck: Who knew that a cemetery could be the next best thing to “”?  While not many would rush to join a graveside club, there should be a rush to see the Phoenix Stage Company’s production of Ivan Menchell’s The Cemetery Club. Three Jewish widows ...

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Afterdark — benefits, in the clubs, dinner theater, etc.

* = Suitable for children. COFFEEHOUSE-Style CONCERTS, BENEFITS, GALAS, etc. Stamford Wine Opener, benefit for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Mon., Sept. 4, 6-10 p.m., Hilton Stamford Hotel, One First Stamford Place; 30 wines, small plate tastings from 10 Fairfield County restaurants; tickets ...

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