| Oct 2, 2013
| 4:30 AM
Retail sales will be up slightly this holiday season compared to last year, according to ShopperTrak.
The firm that measures store traffic is calling for a 2.4 percent increase in sales in November and December. That's a slower pace than last year, when...
| Oct 13, 2013
Hanukkah is just 45 days away, and Christmas is coming right up!
Forget Halloween candy and costumes. The upcoming holidays qualify as a shopping emergency.
If you think I've lost my mind, don't. It's your sanity that may be on the line....
| Oct 17, 2013
| 8:03 PM
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This week's TV Movies
Last Man Standing Vanessa (Nancy...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 4:45 AM
Priya DasSarma's childhood memories of celebrating Diwali in India are bright and happy, filled with firecrackers, lanterns and many, many sweets.
The Ellicott City resident's family moved around when she was a child, bouncing between India, Europe...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 1:13 PM
The last time people I knew had a home dehydrator was the same time that a vegetarian dinner meant brown rice topped with enough cheese to wipe out Wisconsin. But my head was spinning after my latest canning and preserving class, and guess what I want for...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 5:30 AM
As a service to readers, I have posted annually since 2006 a compendium of dreary but apparently irresistible holiday cliches that any writer with a modicum of self-respect should shun. As Tom Lehrer sings in his Christmas carol, "Brother, here we go...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 9:31 AM
For Christmas Eve, Pop & Hiss offers up a selection of offbeat holiday albums guaranteed to break up the monotony of the same-old, same-old holiday songs and arrangements being piped into malls and over the airwaves of Yuletide-music centered radio...
| Dec 25, 2013
| 3:00 AM
PASO ROBLES, Calif. — The host was a good cook, famous for his mashed potatoes. No — not potatoes. Beans. Baked beans. That was it. Brooke Mayo held a finger to her cheek. "Old age is getting to me," she said at last.
The images of that...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 10:58 AM
When Glendale News-Press Editor Dan Evans introduced us new columnists to his staff and each other last August, he expressed a wish for some lively exchanges of perspective between Hoover High School teacher Brian Crosby and me. Today I’ll grant...
| Nov 6, 2013
Since starting preschool, your son taunts his sister with 'boys are better' remarks. Help!
I'd treat this one with eye-rolling disdain, as though what he said was too dumb to bother with. Useful phrases include, "Where did you get that...
| Nov 10, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Every major cultural, ethnic and racial group in the United States sets aside time to celebrate its heritage and accomplishments. Some notable occasions like Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanza serve as reminders that we are a pastiche of nations and histories,...