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Mark Twain

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  • Clues to inspiration for Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Clues to inspiration for Uncle Tom's Cabin
    Archaeologists may have found remains of a barn or blacksmith shop from the days of Josiah Henson, a former slave whose autobiography was the inspiration for "Uncle Tom's Cabin," the Baltimore Sun reports. Here's an excerpt from Scott Dance's story about...
  • A message to Obama, served cold

    A message to Obama, served cold
    In an earlier era, Dr. Benjamin Carson's speech before the National Prayer Breakfast last week would have been a really big deal rather than mere fodder for a brief squall on Twitter and cable news. Born in crushing poverty to an illiterate single...
  • Vatz: I don't discriminate against Democrats

    I believe it was an English preacher, Charles Haddon Spurgeon (and not Mark Twain, to whom the saying is often attributed), who once said, "A lie travels 'round the world, while truth is putting on her boots." Blaine Taylor states that I have failed to...
  • In a word: autodidact

    Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar — another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word: AUTODIDACT One of the most notable self-...
  • Eagle Archive: Where were you when Twinkie the Kid and Captain Cupcake died?

    November 21, 2012, was a sad day. As many were looking forward to sharing Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family; Hostess Brands, the makers of Twinkies, Wonder Bread, Ding Dongs and many other culinary delights high in the food pyramid,...
  • Book advises: Drink wine. With food. Not too much

    Every once in a while, a really, really good wine book comes along … something destined to become a classic. The "Food Lover's Guide to Wine" by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg is an amazingly fresh and novel exploration of the world of wine and...
  • A grass-roots cure for the Maryland GOP

    A grass-roots cure for the Maryland GOP
    Mark Twain supposedly quipped, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." For Maryland Republicans, the joke is no laughing matter. Gov. Martin O'Malley and Democrats all but engineered the demise of the Maryland GOP through redistricting at...
  • Restaurant review: Alchemy offers transportive combinations

    Restaurant review: Alchemy offers transportive combinations
    Alchemy, a stylish new bistro in Hampden, had me at its appetizers. The fish plate ($11) had just the right amount of applewood smoke, which gave the fillet of trout and the salmon a hint of wood flavor without being overpowering. Smoked fish is not an...
  • Effort under way to restore New Deal murals in Ellicott City

    Effort under way to restore New Deal murals in Ellicott City
    As a 5-year-old who adored her father, Shirley Bossom contentedly tagged along with him 70 years ago on daily errands that often included business in the granite-clad Ellicott City Post Office on Main Street. The lifelong Ellicott City resident recalls...
  • Former Colt Fred Miller still dotes on the girl he fell for in college

    Former Colt Fred Miller still dotes on the girl he fell for in college
    Every morning, around 5 a.m., before the sunlight splashes on the beige bedroom walls of the weathered farmhouse in Upperco, Charlene Miller stirs, yawns — and prays. Thank you, Lord, for helping me come through the night. She doesn't get up....
  • Silence is golden

    "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt," so goes a bit of sound advice attributed to any number of great wits ranging from Confucius to Mark Twain. It remains as unheeded today as it did in the times of those...
  • For Cosby, the audience makes the performance

    For Cosby, the audience makes the performance
    In Baltimore in recent months, Bill Cosby's name has been associated more with politics than with comedy, or even Jell-O. In December, he was the marquee attraction at a $4,000-a-plate dinner to benefit Baltimore mayoral candidate Otis Rolley. But...