Did I Say That? My mother’s inheritance

I’ve often thought one of life’s great tragedies is that we seem to inherit only the flawed traits from our parents. This is something scientists pursuing a Nobel Prize should explore … but only after they figure out what makes men like Harvey Weinstein tick. The way I see it, the things that are wrong with our parents usually become the things that are wrong with us. I have a little toe that curls inward just like my mother. I have a mole on my neck like my father. I have poor eyesight like my mother. I have an addictive … Read more

Food: Peppers, mushrooms and onions — oh my!

As far as my culinary skills are concerned the microwave and toaster oven are my best friends. I grew up in a house where cereal was a dinner staple and the take-out menus were always at the ready in the top drawer. While I can certainly appreciate good food, I’m not the most kitchen savvy individual. However there are a few recipes that I have mastered and have managed to make on a regular basis without setting off my smoke alarm. I’m not a big meat person, so my favorite recipes tend to involve pasta or vegetables and because I … Read more

Test Drive: New Prius Prime Plus goes the distance

The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Plus was one of those cars we hated to let go. Why? Because it was practical, functional and incredibly fuel-efficient. Sixty miles per gallon was well within reach, if we’d taken full advantage of our opportunities to plug into the many recharging stations we encountered in our travels. The Prius long has been the gold standard for high fuel economy and its chief asset has improved with the current model. We drove a plug-in Prius a few years ago and were unimpressed; it went perhaps 12 miles on a charge, and the gasoline engine kicked … Read more

Movie Menu: Psycho, Poltergeist, The Shining, Carrie and more

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As we approach Halloween, check out movies that celebrate the spirit of this celebration. Take a look at what’s playing this weekend on broadcast and cable television. Friday, October 27 The Addams Family (1991) Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia have a great time as eccentric parents who love to frighten anyone who invades their sanctuary of scream in this adaptation of the 1960’s TV show. 6:50 p.m. Friday and 11:10 a.m. Saturday, Freeform   Psycho (1960) Janet Leigh makes us never want to stay at a roadside motel, chat with the front desk clerk or take a late shower in … Read more

Reel Dad: The Florida Project reveals how lives matter

We see people walk down streets without knowing their lives. We watch them shop and eat, chat and wander without realizing what challenges they confront, what fears they face. And we assume their lives are in order because we live ordered lives. The stunning new film The Florida Project — a popular entry in this year’s New York Film Festival — reminds us that beneath the surface of a society that pretends to take care of others lives a population that society overlooks. These people hang on, one day at a time, one motel room by the week, one desperate … Read more

On Stage: Opening, continuing and future

OPENING The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Thurs., Oct. 26 – Nov. 12, The Dressing Room Theater, 1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford. Directed by Gordon Casagrande of Ridgefield and features Scott Ferrara and Tom Petrone of Wilton and Peter Barbieri Jr. of Fairfield. Tickets $32. Info: curtaincallinc.com. Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks’ musical comedy, Oct. 27-Nov. 11, Wilton Playshop, Lovers Lane theater, Wilton. Directed by Mat Young. Info: wiltonplayshop.org. Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport, continues 87th season with Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Oct. 31-Nov. 19. Performances: Tues., 7 p.m., Wed., 2 and 8 p.m., Thurs. and Fri., … Read more

The Conscious Cook: The goodness of the great pumpkin

“I’ve learned there are three things you don’t discuss with people: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin.” — Linus Van Pelt Whether heaped in great, gleaming piles at farmers’ markets, or adorning front porches with their scary, spooky, smiley faces, pumpkins are synonymous with October! Pumpkins range in size from petite, creamy white specimens to gargantuan orange globes. Ever so useful as autumnal décor, pumpkins are a versatile and vital source of healthy nutrition. This festive fall fruit offers a rich source of vitamin C and potassium, both of which may be effective at lowering the risk of heart disease, … Read more

Test Drive: Range Rover Evoque handles like a dream

Some car buyers focus on function; others on form. And what of the 1,000 or so Americans who choose a Range Rover Evoque every month? They want something different and the Evoque delivers. The Evoque’s stylish shape, including low roofline, narrow greenhouse, burly front end and blunt stern section, is the grudging recipient of a number of Range Rover styling cues, but it’s like nothing else in the British automaker’s showrooms…or anywhere else. Introduced in 2011 as a compact crossover SUV, the Evoque is available in several body styles; four-door, two-door and a cloth-top convertible that arrived this year. That’s … Read more

Did I Say That? Goo goo eyes

As I was rushing through Grand Central Terminal to catch my train, I almost collided with a young couple standing in the middle of the station and staring into each other’s eyes with the fervor of two whimpering puppy dogs. They might as well have planted themselves in the center lane of I95 at rush hour, as they looked lovingly, longingly, almost hypnotically at each other like star-struck teenagers on their first date. They were making what was once known as “goo goo eyes.” Lordy, it’s nice to be able to spend your time lost in love while commuters are … Read more

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