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Do, See, Taste

The men who ‘may be everything’

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Thomas Jefferson’s description of the presidency as a “splendid misery” is often quoted. Less remembered is his comment on the vice presidency, an office he considered “honorable and easy.” Few readers of syndicated columnist Jules Witcover’s compendium of short portraits of the nation’s vice presidents will agree. In The American Vice Presidency: From Irrelevance to Power, Witcover maintains that for …

‘World of PostSecret’ a vivid mosaic of life

Sunday, December 21, 2014

People literally have shared a ton of secrets with Frank Warren. Ten years ago, the Germantown, Md., resident launched a “community art project” with the …

In The Garden: Making the most of winter downtime

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Nine hours and five minutes is all the daylight we are going to get today. It is the winter solstice – the shortest day of …

‘I Must Say’ Martin Short’s endearing memoir

Sunday, December 21, 2014

One of Martin Short’s great on-screen moments arrives in John Landis’s 1986 comedy, ¡Three Amigos! in which he played a silent-film star alongside Steve Martin and Chevy Chase. Early in the movie, an unwitting village sends the trio …

Downsizing part three: Dealing with setbacks and coming out ahead

Sunday, December 21, 2014

We had it all planned, complete with a very tidy to-do list. De-clutter . . . check. Get rid of all extraneous goods . . . check. Sell our home of 40 years . . . check. Secure …

Publisher plans to put Senate’s CIA report on shelves

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A paperback version of the Senate’s recently released report on the CIA’s interrogation techniques is expected in bookstores before New Year’s Day. The government posted the 528-page document for free online the week before last, and a PDF ebook version was almost immediately for sale on Amazon.com for …

Review: ‘Five’ by Ursula Archer is intriguing

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Geocaching – the contemporary treasure hunt in which a GPS is used to find hidden objects – lends itself to an intriguing melding of a gripping police procedural and an exciting update of the puzzle mystery in Austrian …

Berlin exhibition evokes final months of WWII

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The tense expression on Ilse Grassmann’s face belies the festive occasion. It’s Christmas 1944 and she is sitting at home with her three youngest children, the table bare of food or gifts. Her husband is due to be …

App reviews: Noda math game, Monument Valley pretty puzzler

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Divide, add, conquer this math game Arithmetic and strategy come together in this little puzzle game that asks you to add and divide numbers in a smart way to reach your goals. Each stage starts with a handful of numbers on a grid, and users have to combine …

American Kennel Club adds 4 new dog breeds

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Spanish farm and fishing dog, a Sicilian rabbit-hunting breed, an Italian sheepdog with a distinctive matted coat and a rugged South African watchdog are joining the American Kennel Club pack. The kennel club announced Wednesday that the …

Right at Home: holiday sleepover solutions

Sunday, December 21, 2014

One of the nicest things about the holidays can be the chance to see friends and family from far away. In some cases, that means finding sleepover space in your home. Even those short on space can make …

The Insiders: Enjoy tons of great holiday music today, no helmet required

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The way we see it, there’s two ways you can tackle today: put on full football pads and a helmet and brave the shopping centers, or put on your listening pants and hear some relaxing holiday music (If you are doing some shopping, we could use some new …

Colorado: Massacre hung over ‘Interview’ decision

Saturday, December 20, 2014

When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing The Interview earlier this week, the fate of the movie’s big-screen life was all but sealed. Even though law enforcement didn’t …