| Feb 7, 2012
| 9:58 AM
Today's Google doodle honors Charles Dickens on his birthday. On the letters, you can see characters such as Tiny Tim of "A Christmas Carol" (one of my favorite works, in all forms, including the movie Scrooged and the Mr. Magoo cartoon). I always...
| Feb 8, 2012
| 11:59 AM
I generally like Google's search engine. Its doodles, including yesterday's noting Charles Dickens' birthday, are clever. And it corrects my sometimes aberrant spelling, in the most polite way.
But Google sure can be frustrating sometimes. Like ysterday,...
| Feb 13, 2012
| 7:23 PM
Another week of blind auditions on NBC’s “The Voice,” and another two hours to boil down into a single blog post. A nice change of pace this week for the audience: Instead of clipped montages of contestants who didn’t make the...
| Aug 25, 2012
The witch had been weeping in the boxwoods for more than half a century before Laura Amy Schlitz picked up her pen and set her free.
The 57-year-old Schlitz is the librarian at Park School and a Newbery Medal-winning author whose newest novel, "Splendors...
| May 14, 2012
| 11:53 AM
A new production of Charles Dickens' masterpiece of tragicomedy, "David Copperfield," will be presented at Harford Christian School on Friday, May 18, 7:30 p.m. An encore Dessert Theater presentation of the drama is set for the next day, Saturday, May 19,...
| Apr 22, 2012
| 5:00 AM
"You must be rich."
A grandfather who asked where I lived told me this, straight out. We were at the B&O Railroad Museum playground in Baltimore with our preschoolers, mine a grandnephew. I had unwisely confessed to living in Manhattan.
| Nov 29, 2012
| 11:30 AM
A favorite holiday tradition has come to Toby's Dinner Theater of Columbia for the first time in a musical production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol."
Toby's has chosen the version by Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, known for his work in...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 3:30 AM
One thing that Ebenezer Scrooge does not get is a good night's sleep. That's because pesky ghosts keep appearing with reminders that he needs to reconsider his grumpy life. Ever since Charles Dickens wrote "A Christmas Carol" in 1843, audiences have...
| Nov 12, 2012
| 6:23 AM
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be acquainted, another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word:
Arising obscurely in British regional...
| Nov 17, 2012
The holiday season wouldn't be the holiday season without colorful music and dance events.
And, just as department stores break out the Christmas decorations earlier and earlier, some performing arts organizations get into the swing before Thanksgiving....
| Mar 31, 2011
| 9:00 PM
Working with food isn't a job for sissies. One must be innovative, artistic, competitive, patient, flexible and competent. The hours are long and the competition stiff. Sacrifice? Required. Taking risks? Also required. How does one succeed against such...
| Jul 1, 2011
| 11:48 AM
A decade ago, it was wildly popular for real estate experts, elected government officials and professional opinionists to claim that homeownership was patriotic. Today, post-housing bubble, claims that renting a place to live is the smarter value have...