| Nov 27, 2013
The New York I lived in as a kid was a village of four or five blocks. I could wander anywhere my curiosity took me, safe and secure and knowing I'd still find my way home. I could go around the corner to the barber shop and get a trim for a quarter. I...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 11:40 AM
A Florida pastor's attempt at holiday humor didn't go over well with some in his community.
During the weekend, Mike Butzberger of Lighthouse Church in North Palm Beach put up a sign that said "Christmas - Easier to Spell Than Hanukkah." People...
| Nov 24, 2013
If you have Thanksgivukkah fever:
Hanukkah and Thanksgiving won’t coincide again for another 79,000 years or so. Celebrate the occasion with a Menurkey (a turkey-shaped menorah, $50) from menurkey.com. One-day express shipping is available if you&...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 11:49 AM
Decadent, creative and full of variety, Connecticut's Chocolate Trail is not to be missed. A concept created by the state's tourism department three years ago, this tasty trail offers visitors a unique way to see the state, sample tasty concoctions and...
| Nov 15, 2013
Hanukkah coincides with Thanksgiving this year — a phenomenon that hasn't occurred in 125 years. The two holidays have common roots in religious freedom: Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Temple after the Jews vanquished their Syrian...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 4:22 PM
Celebrate the Festival of Lights Saturday with a concert by Yosi. Israeli-born children's recording artist Yosi Levin presents classic and original Hanukkah songs with a rock ’n’ roll feel, from a non-traditional take on the traditional ...
| 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...
| 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....
| Dec 19, 2013
| 10:32 AM
How many times have you heard about the "War on Christmas" over the years, particularly from conservative commentators? During the past decade, concerned parties on both sides of the spectrum have argued and yelled and screamed at the top of their lungs...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 3:02 PM
A deal that fell through three years ago led to an unusually happy outcome for Manny and Gayle Levy.
The couple had thought a move to condominium living would simplify their lives and free them from the upkeep of the Pikesville mid-century modern,...