| Sep 2, 2013
| 3:00 PM
My mom's late Auntie Beth was the best Scrabble player I ever saw.
She routinely beat everyone in the family well into her 90s. An avid crossword solver, she knew words I never heard of, and she was a great strategist to boot. At her big 100th...
| Sep 1, 2013
I plan to remember this year's vacation season with just two words: Never again.
Never again, that is, will I take all my technology along. The Internet has ruined summer vacations.
When I first visited my in-laws' cabin in Ontario's north woods 35...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 10:00 AM
In the early 1970s, three guys in the Midwest invented a genuinely new kind of game. David Wesely, Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson were all fascinated by complicated tabletop war simulations; Wesely was the one who revolutionized game-play when he asked...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 8:43 AM
This summer, Printers Row Journal invited kids ages 5-16 to submit reviews of their favorite summer reads. Here’s what young writers had to say. Watch for more in the coming weeks.
"The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton
I read "The Outsiders." Ponyboy...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 3:05 PM
Herman Katkow, a retired clothing store owner who became the voice of Baltimore's small retail entrepreneur in City Hall, Annapolis and Congress, died of kidney failure Thursday at Vantage House in Columbia. The Mount Washington resident was 95.
| Aug 5, 2013
| 4:32 AM
A weekly listing of intriguing, wacky, useful, provocative and otherwise interesting links that readers and I have come across and think you might want to see. --- As the person in my family least fond of Scrabble, I resonated deeply......
| Aug 1, 2013
| 10:36 PM
Author John Graves, whose 1960 book "Goodbye to a River" and authentic depictions of rural Texas made him one of the state's most celebrated and beloved writers, has died. He was 92.
Graves died Wednesday at the home he called Hard Scrabble near Glen...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 10:51 PM
Chuck Foley, whose Twister party game brought shoeless strangers achingly close to one another and made even the most spirited rounds of Scrabble seem comparatively tame, has died. He was 82.
The inventor, who held 97 patents, died July 1 in a care...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 4:16 AM
A daughter, Brynna Grace Barnum, was born to Nick and Jill Barnum of Charlevoix on Monday, July 15, 2013, at Charlevoix Area Hospital. Brynna weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces at birth. Grandparents are Jerry and Jane Tabaczka of Manistee, and John and...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 3:54 PM
It was sometime around the 30-minute mark of episode 11 of the new Netflix original series “Orange is the New Black” that I suddenly felt that going to a women’s prison might not be so bad. Even life-affirming.
I was in the process...
| Jul 6, 2013
| 7:01 PM
Deep green fields of soybeans flanked a crowd of thousands who gathered Saturday at Antietam National Battlefield for the 28th Salute to Independence.
In between, green, blue, brown and other colorful blocks of plastic tarp and blankets covered the mowed...