| Jul 18, 2012
| 5:37 PM
Charles Dickens once said, "What greater gift than the love of a cat."
Barbara Oliphant would agree. Her cat Wollie just walked for three days to get home to her. Barbara and Wallie met last summer. She felt sorry for it because it was thin and not...
| Oct 16, 2012
| 8:51 AM
Our book club is a Facebook book club. We chat on our Facebook page throughout the year and meet three times a year for the grand finale at one of our homes.
We started with 45 people who resolved to read "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy and finish it...
| Jul 20, 2012
| 1:16 PM
And so the Christopher Nolan rendition of Batman — started in “Batman Begins” (2005) and continued in “The Dark Knight” (2008) — comes to an end, in “The Dark Knight Rises.”
It stands proudly alongside...
| Oct 24, 2012
| 8:15 AM
Need a brain escape after election day?
Award-winning British stage and screen actress Miriam Margolyes will perform her celebrated production of “Dickens’ Women,” where she portrays 23 of the author’s best-loved characters, on...
| Oct 28, 2012
The 28 years of horse racing's traveling carnival, also known as the Breeders' Cup, have been a tale of more than two cities; 10, actually, if you count Los Angeles and New York twice each for their separate participating tracks.
The history of this...
| Oct 29, 2012
The Western Maryland Hospital Center Auxiliary will host a fall fest Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the hospital center’s auditorium.
There will be many vendors, including Longaberger, Miche, Origami Owl, Tastefully Simple and Journey to...
| Feb 12, 2012
Oatman. If it was good enough for Clark Gable and Carole Lombard on their honeymoon, Oatman should be good enough for you, although it's been 73 years since the Hollywood couple spent their honeymoon night in the allegedly haunted...
| May 11, 2012
Thanks to the indefatigable Ann Murray, Chicago enjoys a weekly gift of classical music under the world's largest Tiffany glass dome.
And Al Booth's dream lives on.
Those Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are the brainchild of the late, legendary Elias...
| Feb 16, 2012
| 8:39 PM
Earlier this month, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens was celebrated in an event held at his burial site in London's Westminster Abbey.
In attendance were many writers, academics, and other enthusiasts of the man considered to be...
| Mar 8, 2012
| 9:20 PM
It takes one to know one.
That playground taunt is, like so many cliches, grounded in truth. It really does take one to know one, which goes a long way toward explaining the perversely effective law enforcement personnel in the novels of Mo Hayder, the...
| Feb 28, 2012
| 10:44 AM
"Make Me a Supermodel" runner-up, Playgirl model and Chicago native Ronnie Kroell is starring in a new movie, "Scrooge & Marley," that will be filmed in Chicago.
"Scrooge & Marley" tweaks Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol" with a gay...
| Feb 28, 2012
| 7:37 PM
We wrote about a clockmaker last week, so it seemed like the right time to visit a shoemaker. We favor vocations that seem to be in their twilight and yet persist, like newspapering.
That's why Wes Klausen's place, Whitehall Shoe Repair at 764 Third St.,...