| Nov 24, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Some of you may recall my intense interest in the life, times, victories and tribulations of Sir Winston Churchill. Arguably the most celebrated statesman of the 20th century, Churchill was both a product of his times and a visionary on behalf of...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 8:15 AM
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:
When my twins, Alice and John Paul, were young, I...
| Nov 9, 2013
At the 11th hour on Nov. 11, 1918, "the monstrous anger of the guns" and "the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle" — to quote two of poet Wilfred Owen's indelible phrases — finally subsided. The First World War, the one to end all wars, was over....
| Oct 20, 2013
| 2:00 AM
If one sign of a happy relationship is that the partners rarely run out of things to talk about, then cancer researchers Stephen Baylin and Feyruz Rassool of Baltimore have been a blessed couple indeed.
In the 13 years they've been married, they've...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 1:19 PM
Geraldine G.M. Dell, an artist who actively supported and volunteered at various cultural and educational institutions, died Oct. 9 of cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. She was 65.
"She was a very talented and vivacious lady in every sense of...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 3:20 AM
I've been to Buckingham Palace before, but not like my friend, Erin Cherneski, and her husband, who recently moved to England from Bel Air.
I was there with thousands of other tourists, mostly to watch the changing of the guard, but also to see what I...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 8:49 AM
The Man Booker Prize was awarded to 28-year-old New Zealander Eleanor Catton for her novel "The Luminaries."
Catton's novel -- only her second -- beat works from literary heavyweights such as Colm Tóibín ("The Testament of Mary") and Jhumpa Lahiri ("The...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Because there are no guidebooks on how to create a tercentennial celebration, several members of the Manor Conservancy took matters into their own hands by forming the Manor 300 Committee with representatives from other nonprofit groups, churches, schools...
| Sep 15, 2013
| 10:12 AM
This is what I'm up against.
A blogger writing at A Few Reasonable Words discovers that the Chicago Manual of Style does not endorse everything his ninth-grade English teacher told him and proceeds to this discovery:
I ... did found the Baltimore...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 4:43 AM
Sujata Massey opened the door of her refrigerator and pulled out a curry made from pink potatoes and zucchini. It was the best way she could think of to demonstrate what's going on inside her head when she sits down to write a novel.
"I'm an odd person,...
| Aug 31, 2013
When he was 13, Thomas Lauderdale's world in Portland, Ore., opened up wide. That was when the future founder of the ensemble called Pink Martini saw the 1946 Rita Hayworth film "Gilda" for the first time.
"I loved the 1940s glamour and all that,"...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 8:29 PM
David Young's townhouse in Baltimore's Village of Cross Keys has all the hallmarks of a country gentleman's London retreat — and the style fits him like a pair of fine English leather gloves.
Prior to the spring of 2006, the 74-year-old retired...