March 21, 2014
Remember how John Waters hitchhiked across the U.S. in the spring of 2012 -- part of the research, he said, for his next book? Well, the long wait is finally (almost) over. "Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America" is set to be released June 3 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The book, Waters says, will be separated into three parts: -- First, he ruminates over the best rides he could have had (sample from amazon.com's blurb: "a friendly drug dealer hands over piles of cash to finance films with no questions asked")
February 19, 2014
As parents, we spend countless hours trying to keep our kids balanced, so that they get just the right mix of physical and mental stimulation. Sometimes that means limiting their computer and Internet time so they can play outdoors or focus on something other than a screen. I know I hear myself say this at least three times a week at home with my own two children. But what about kids who don't have as much digital access as ours? What about kids who don't own computers, whose families don't subscribe to broadband at home or who have to go to the library just to finish their homework?
December 27, 2013
I have a confession to make. I kind of love Red Lobster. Yes, I live in the land of the jumbo lump crabcakes and fresh rockfish, but there's something oddly comforting for me about the chain restaurant that my dad took me to as a kid. I'm known for forcing my uppity Maryland friends to make the trek to White Marsh or Columbia or now Arundel Mills! (What can I say I'm a fan.) Once a busboy stopped my party from being seated because the table was "still a little buttery. " I loved it. So I have been watching with concern as my favorite chain restaurant has fallen on hard times.
September 11, 2013
Most people have apparently made up their minds about what we should do about Syria, but I find myself dithering ( "The decisive moment," Sept. 9). Doing nothing seems like a terrible idea, and military action seems also seems a terrible idea. It comes down to choosing the lesser of two evils, but the perils inherent in either choice are daunting. I pity the leaders of our country who have to make these truly life and death decisions. I do believe that there are some lessons to be learned as the result of this crisis.
August 20, 2013
Editor: For many members of the millennial generation, the current political landscape has discouraged us from becoming involved in the political debate. From health care, to unemployment, and everything in between there seems to be a lack of appetite from our elders to solve some of our nation's biggest problems. Few issues in our nation's current political debate, however, seem to spark more disagreement than climate change. Although many of my fellow millennials, despite political party or ideology, agree that the climate indeed is changing, our political leadership appears unable to meet the challenges of combating this 21st Century problem.
July 31, 2013
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., when he addresses the "challenges" facing the Republican party, dodges with the fancy footwork of an adept politician around the painful truth ( "Republican resurgence faces many challenges," July 28). Whatever the impact of the factors he identifies for the failure of the Republican party to gain traction, he avoids the principal challenge they face - their image. Obviously, individual Republicans vary widely in their attitudes and values, but the party as a whole presents to the world an image of negativity that is out of temper with our times.