| Feb 27, 2013
| 3:10 AM
The Ravens — our champions! They are still topics of discussion as are those Super Bowl parties.
Mary Lee and Dick Hilgartner divided their time between parties. They had great fun with friends from St. Pius X, out in Phoenix, for the first half...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 7:04 PM
In Nick Flynn’s new book, “The Reenactments,” the memoirist and poet delivers a meditation on the peculiar experience of watching his life story become a movie. Starring Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore and Paul Dano, the Paul Weitz-...
| Jul 13, 2012
Two questions immediately presented themselves when it was announced that "The Exorcist" was going to be done onstage: How? And why?
At the show's premiere Wednesday at the Geffen Playhouse, the creators seemed to be searching for answers to these...
| Mar 7, 2012
| 7:38 AM
I received a piece of clarification on one of the photos used with yesterday's retrospective of the Ash Wednesday Storm that I found interesting.
As one reader remembers it, the "motel" shown above was perhaps a forebear of the condominium towers that...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 2:41 PM
The recent tragedy in Newtown brings forth, understandably, questions about poetry.
Can I communicate my grief by writing a poem?
Can I find solace or an answer in poetry?
Newspaper and magazine editors know, to their chagrin, that the response to...
| Dec 31, 2012
| 7:12 AM
2012 will rank among the top five warmest years on record in Baltimore, and it was memorable for many other weather events -- from a mild winter to tornadoes to a "derecho" to Superstorm Sandy.
Here are some highlights:
- Extremes included a 13-degree...
| 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...
| Feb 21, 2012
| 7:21 AM
Come Tuesday, if you aren't marching in a parade or eating a King cake in celebration of Carnival or Mardi Gras, there's a good chance you'll be eating pancakes.
That is the other traditional food of Fat Tuesday.
Also known as Shrove Tuesday, the...
| Feb 22, 2012
Christians in several traditions observe today as Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. The season is a period of solemnity before Easter, the traditional observance of Jesus' resurrection, which will fall this year on April 8.
Ash Wednesday takes its name...
| Feb 22, 2012
| 4:04 PM
Christians crowded into local churches Wednesday, joining their counterparts around the world to mark the start of Lent with the traditional application of ashes to the forehead.
The 40-day Lenten season is regarded by Roman Catholics and others as...
| Feb 24, 2012
| 9:41 PM
This week some of us wore dark smudges on our foreheads.
Maybe you were one of us.
Smudge wearers grow less each decade. Even many of those who share Christ's name graciously decline to wear smudge marks.
The smudge, of course, is ash from Ash...