| Mar 12, 2014
| 2:57 PM
The best libraries were created not just as repositories of books but as big, open public spaces that celebrate the connections even the most humble citizens have to civilization and literary culture. But we don't often think of a library itself as a...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 2:21 PM
Prince William is going back to school and apparently looking to become one of Britain's highest educated royals.
The second in line to the throne will be enrolling in a 10-week course in agricultural management at Cambridge University, Kensington...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Joan Fontaine may have been overshadowed at times by her older sister, Olivia de Havilland, but the actress -- who died Sunday at age 96 -- appeared in several classic films during the Golden Age of Hollywood and is the only performer to win an Oscar in a...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 7:11 PM
"My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" (The Hub, Saturdays; Shout Factory home video). I had neglected this candy-colored gem of a show, whose fourth season began in November, until the latest DVD, "A Pony For Every Season," fell through the mail slot...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 4:30 PM
The materials that Alastair Mackie uses in his work at Gusford--wasp nests, cuttlebone, hornets--seem at first to be radical choices, but painters have long extracted pigments from minerals, plants and insects, and sculptors have carved upon natural...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 12:22 PM
Visitors at Fashion Island on Saturday appeared to be stuck in a time warp.
Parents paused beside chic — and high-tech — strollers, taking pictures with cell phones. The scene in front of them, though, seemed straight out of medieval Europe....
| Jul 16, 2013
| 4:32 PM
In an era when time is money, and cellphones, computers and jammed schedules keep us ridiculously busy day and night, why would one spend seven days traveling to England when a plane can get you there in seven hours?
The answer is simple: There's no...
| Jul 21, 2013
| 11:51 AM
Marc Simont, an award-winning children's book illustrator whose drawings and watercolors brought poignancy and gentle wit to works by such well-known authors as Margaret Wise Brown, Ruth Krauss and James Thurber, died July 13 at his home in Cornwall,...
| Nov 18, 2012
Been away from skiing or snowboarding for some years, or thinking about giving downhill snow sports a try for the first time?
Unless you read the ski magazines or surf ski websites, you likely are unaware of a major new design change in skis and...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 8:30 PM
When I mentioned to my mother that among the many delights of a recent family trip to southwestern England and London was the terrific food, she hesitated, then replied: "Oh, really?"
Clearly her memories of dining in the United Kingdom during her own...
| Nov 28, 2012
| 4:31 PM
While visiting his parents over a holiday weekend last year, John Schall witnessed the dangerous toll that caregiving can take when you don't take care of yourself.
His mother, the primary caregiver of his 94-year-old father, suffered a stroke that...