| Jan 3, 2014
| 6:55 PM
Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center hosted a water blessing ceremony to celebrate Christmas days before the Jan. 6 date that marks the Epiphany, or the baptism of Jesus.
Archbishop Moushegh Mardirosian, who was accompanied by fellow religious...
| Jan 5, 2014
| 10:17 AM
At least a dozen young people will race to retrieve a cross thrown into the waters of Mother’s Beach in Long Beach on Sunday in the annual Greek Orthodox celebration commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ.
The Epiphany celebration for the...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 1:56 PM
The second bout of snow and freezing temperatures gave Baltimore city schools a five-day weekend (including the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday) but many said their buildings were not prepared to welcome them back.
Several emails were sent to Interim...
| Dec 4, 2011
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The Annotated Peter Pan
| Nov 29, 2011
| 1:59 PM
TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. — The Greeks started filing into church about 8 a.m., but I'm neither Greek nor churchgoing, so I spent the morning walking.
I started where everyone would be in a few hours: the bayou just off the downtown, where more than...
| Jan 4, 2012
| 3:57 PM
Every Saturday morning for most of my life, it has been the sweet, lingering smell of fresh-baked bread, rather than an alarm clock, that has lulled me out of a drowsy haze and brought me gently back to reality.
In a ritual initiated by my dad, the...
| Jan 7, 2012
Nearly 20 years after he was imprisoned, Juan Rivera walked out of Stateville Correctional Center and into a throng of jubilant family members Friday evening after he was exonerated in the murder of a Waukegan baby sitter.
His release came less than...
| Feb 16, 2012
At first sight, it comes across as, well, a little unusual. A large wreath-shaped cake bedazzled in vibrant shades of purple, green and gold — there's nothing subtle about it. It might be flavored simply with a touch of cinnamon sugar, or maybe it's...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 7:21 AM
A brief preface for the liturgically uninformed:
Kathleen looked up from the comics pages this morning and marveled, "There are really people who think that this is the second day of Christmas." I believe she was looking at Mother Goose and Grimm.
| Nov 7, 2012
| 5:36 AM
The repetitions of ritual are the point. They establish continuity and reassurance through familiarity. So you can be sure that you will hear "O Come, All Ye Faithful" at the late-night service on Christmas Eve, that you will eat the same holiday dinners,...
| Nov 11, 2012
The Christmas Schooner
Have yourself a City of Big Shoulders Christmas at the Mercury Theater, the current home of the beloved Chicago musical, “The Christmas Schooner.” Created by John Reeger and Julie Shannon, “Schooner”...