Did I Say That? Keeping cool

After 30 years, I finally bought an air conditioner. Thirty years of torment, tossing and turning at night, perspiring and panting. Thirty years of discomfort and pain, trying to devise ways to stay cool, especially when we lived in Florida. OK, maybe I exaggerate. Truth be told, I decided the dog couldn’t live without air conditioning. I wasn’t worried about … read more

Test Drive: Outlander Sport trails behind leading crossovers

Go figure. Most reviewers agree the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport trails the subcompact-crossover herd in almost every category that matters. Meanwhile, the Sport’s year-to-date sales figures in North America, as of May 31, totaled 19,035 units sold, compared with 12,361 during the same period in 2017. Some American drivers must actually favor the Outlander over its major competitors — which include … read more

Food: Z is for zoodles

Ah, zucchini season, the time of year when we find our gardening friends leaving unneeded vegetable offerings in our mailboxes. While there are many ways to prepare a zucchini, as breads, dips, chips and so on, I prefer to make zoodles with it. Zoodles are incredibly easy to make, you just pop one in a spiralizer to get the spaghetti … read more

Movie Menu: Judy and Barbara’s classics light up the silver screen

Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland headline the movies available this weekend on broadcast and cable television stations. Check out the highlights of the careers of these legendary superstars who worked together, one time, in 1963, on Garland’s television show. Here’s what’s showing. Funny Lady (1975) Barbra Streisand recreates her Oscar-winning portrayal of Fanny Brice in this delightful sequel to Funny … read more

Reel Dad: BlacKkKlansman hits between the eyes when we need it

Sadly, we live in a divided nation. Despite claiming to live the common values that framed our country, we let ourselves, with each passing year, become more rooted in the echo chambers we unfortunately label as red and blue, conservative and liberal, white and black. Or brown. Or anything and anyone some consider different. And, conveniently, perhaps, we may consider … read more

Binge and Repeat: OITNB returns with some laughs

Orange Is The New Black dropped its sixth season allowing fans to finally find out what happened to the inmates after the fifth season’s cliffhanger. For those who haven’t watched the first few seasons yet, spoilers ahead. The new season picks up with the ladies of Litchfield scattered around different prisons and in Litchfield’s maximum security prison, which means many … read more

Conscious Cook: You say tomayto, I say tomahto

“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasurable thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” — Lewis Grizzard Tomatoes, tomatoes everywhere! In August, farmers’ markets overflow with round, red globes of goodness. The splendid summer heat has ripened the Big Girls and Boys, Beefsteaks, Jet Stars, Yellow Pears, Sweet 100’s, and heirloom varieties such as Oxheart, Cherokee Purple and Brandywine to a … read more

Reel Dad: Christopher Robin – Disappointing return to favorite characters

Some movies sound better than they actually turn out. Perhaps something happens between the concept and the screen. Maybe the various elements don’t work as well in production as in a writer’s imagination. Or it could be that too many cooks try to control the cinema kitchen. Whatever the reasons, some films disappoint. Christopher Robin is a major letdown. On … read more