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  • The two Comments of the Week

    Sometimes something needs to be said and it's nice when one of you says it so eloquently, more eloquently than I could have said it. EL Paul W and Donny B, you are technically correct about Baltimore's food traditions of...
  • Memories of Little Italy

    A sweetly illustrated new book arrived on the Antipasto Desk, America's Little Italys: Recipes & Traditions from Coast to Coast. Its author, Sheryl Bellman, devotes about half of the book's geography to the Little Italy neighborhoods in Manhattan and the....

    A symphony of sympathy, but right note elusive

    A symphony of sympathy, but right note elusive
    The perfect sympathy card is any sympathy card you get around to sending. I give myself this lecture every time I go in search of the perfect condolence card, which these days is too often. Don't be so picky, I tell myself. Choose a card, any card. I...

    Who's the most influential Baltimorean of all time?

    Who's the most influential Baltimorean of all time?
    My former Baltimore Sun colleague Antero Pietila asks a big question on his Facebook page: "Who was the most influential Baltimorean of all time, and why?" It's a delicious ponderable, and the discussion it provoked has been going on for a week. We...

    Paul Greenberg: Predictions of things to come

    Dear Reader, Season's Greetings! This New Year's column comes with my apologies to the shade of the late, not altogether great Drew Pearson, a newster of another century who used to broadcast his Predictions of Things to Come in appropriately...