| Jan 7, 2011
| 4:11 PM
There are writers whose books are stacked on my nightstand: G.K. Chesterton, Samuel Johnson, Thomas Babington Macaulay — writers whom I spend half an hour with before nodding off. They are master prose stylists whose command and fluency of English...
| Feb 4, 2011
| 3:33 PM
We have Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and special days set aside to recognize grandparents, secretaries, mailmen, dog catchers, etc., but no Uncle’s Day. I’m lobbying for an Uncle’s Day, based on the four fascinating uncles...
| Feb 15, 2011
| 7:12 AM
Frequently “soul” — a word familiar to almost everyone — is defined as “an entity that is regarded as being the immortal or spiritual part of the person and, though having no physical or material reality, is credited with...
| Jun 20, 2011
| 2:14 PM
Poetry makes nothing happen.
So saidW.H. Auden.
Who never lived in Chicago.
Or knew Don Share. Share is the senior editor of Poetry magazine, the venerable Chicago-based literary institution. It turns 100 next year and has seen far more than nothing...
| Jul 11, 2011
| 6:53 AM
Poetry can be bloody and downright messy. Some poets just spill their guts onto the page, displaying pieces of their lives for readers to witness. Dick Allen, designated Poet Laureate of Connecticut in 2010, has delved into a different kind of messy...
| Jul 15, 2011
| 3:39 PM
Robert Frost once declared "poetry is a way of taking life by the throat."
With apologies to Mr. Frost, Bryan Baquirian was determined to seize by the neck the 25 or so people gathered Friday at the CityArts Factory in downtown Orlando and shake them...
| Aug 6, 2011
| 6:11 AM
A new high school has taken the title of “State Fair Marsh Band Day Champion.” Winchester Community High School has broken the streak of dominating big bands with a combination of great leadership and dedicated students.
| Oct 21, 2011
| 8:52 AM
A good anthology is like a dartboard in a crowded bar on a Saturday night. Everybody lines up to take their best shot. Everybody wants the chance to squint, aim and let fly.
The more august and monumental and definitive-seeming the anthology —...
| Sep 8, 2011
| 4:13 AM
A St. Lucie County man reported his neighbor displayed 'his big hairy (buttocks), hit golf balls at his home and allowed his pit bull to run free in a case that is currently under investigation, according to a recently released St. Lucie County Sheriff'...
| Sep 13, 2011
| 1:48 PM
Birches has been sold.
Brian Bruso's opened his cozy Canton restaurant, named for a Robert Frost poem, in 2000. The restaurant, which introduced the wonders of the wood-fired grill to many Baltimore diners, will close up sometime in the last week of...
| Sep 19, 2011
| 9:48 AM
Mission BBQ opened to the public on Sept. 19 in Glen Burnie. But hundreds of area firefighters, police officers and military personnel had already had a taste of the new restaurant's North Carolina pulled pork, St. Louis spare ribs and Texas-style whole...