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By Kathy Hudsonhudmud@aol.com | December 9, 2011
'Tis the season of too much activity and busyness. This is when accidents happen. Stoves are left on, and fires begin. Speed, in driving or walking, leads to car crashes and falls. We rush around as if we are on life-saving deadlines, as if there are no days left for gift-giving or entertaining after Hanukkah or Christmas. Yesterday, I had my first mishap. It is nothing compared to a bodily injury or the horrible loss of loved ones experienced by some of my neighbors and friends this year.
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December 11, 2013
'Tis the season: the season of lights and decorations, the season of too much food, too much drink, too much hustle bustle, too much, too much.  'Tis also the season of giving: giving donations and time to favorite charities, giving gifts to family, friends, clients, employers and staff, even giving randomly to strangers. Some north Baltimore residents this season are giving the gift of books to strangers. Prolific, award-winning Baltimore writer Madison Smartt Bell has written a collection of short stories, "Zig Zag Wanderer," published by Concord Free Press.
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By Laura Lippman and Laura Lippman,Sun Staff Writer | December 16, 1994
'Tis the season to say 'tis the season.If you pick up any newspaper at this time of year (including this one), the proliferation of holiday puns, plays on favorite Christmas carols and seasonal literary allusions can make you woozier than spiked eggnog. We're in an absolute tizzy. No, make that a 'tis-y. And a 'twas-y, too, as in " 'Twas the night before Christmas . . ."Everybody does it. Using a computer data base, The Sun searched the 49 largest newspapers in the country for the December usage of the following phrases over the last five years: "The Grinch who stole . . ."
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2012
And so are you, for reading here. The verdict is in from a reader who chose not to offer a name. Writing about the cautions against the holiday cliches (No, not this year's cautions , but last year's ), Anonymous said:  I find this article, and its message, to be written by a pretentious writer/editor for other pretentious writer/editors. Ninety-nine percent of the public are not bothered by the seasonal clichés you find so tiresome. There is a reason Hallmark makes hundreds of millions and editors do not. Maybe your assumption of knowing better than your customers (and saving them from themselves)
BUSINESS
March 5, 1997
Trusted Information Systems Inc. said yesterday that the U.S. government has agreed to allow the export of stronger encryption software than ever before, as long as the encryption is packaged with the company's technology to recover encrypted files in an emergency.Since 1993, the federal government has refused to allow export of most strong encryption products, fearing terrorists or international criminals might abuse encryption to communicate worldwide without fear of law enforcement.Citing that fear, U.S. officials until recently allowed export only of relatively simple encryption systems using short algorithmic "keys" that critics believed could be deciphered too easily.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,mary.mccauley@baltsun.com | March 22, 2009
For its bloody production of 'Tis Pity She's A Whore, Center Stage considered issuing ponchos to patrons sitting in the first row, and it's easy to understand why. Here are just a few of the ways folks expire in John Ford's 17th-century equivalent of a splatter film: by poison (two victims); by a heart attack (one) and by stabbing (I lost count). One poor woman gets her eyes gouged out and later is burned at the stake. There's the forcible extraction of a body organ from a living donor.
SPORTS
March 1, 2002
Cole Field House highlight 1 Game remaining March 21, 1970: UCLA wins its fourth straight national title, de feating Jacksonville and center Ar tis Gilmore, 80-69. Cole finale: Sunday vs. Virginia He said it "These are the best two years of my life." Byron Mouton, Terps forward who trans ferred from Tulane after his sophomore year.
NEWS
By DAN BERGER | December 6, 1999
"Tis the dawn of the O'Malley Era, which is not the same as the new millennium, but close.What's a deputy mayor and why do we need five?The period when the Washington press corps tells people what they think is nearly over. Soon primary voters will be making up their own minds.Henceforth no one may run for the General Assemby before demonstrating and ability to spell MSPAP.
FEATURES
September 19, 1997
Act III, Scene 1Calmet is sitting on the trainer's table. The trainer, Sciaticus, has just left, leaving him alone with his thoughts and his ever-present copy of "The Fountainhead." Calmet picks up his cell phone to call his agent, Ronencrantz, then stops, and addresses the empty room.To streak, or not to streakThat is the questionWhether 'tis nobler among the fansTo suffer the slings and arrows of the outrageous sports columnistsOr to wield my glove against a sea of groundersAnd by opposing, bobble them: To rest: to sit;No more; and by a rest to say we endThe backache, and the thousand natural shocksThe hot corner's heir to, 'tis a conundrumDeftly to be avoided.
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By Paul R. McHugh and Paul R. McHugh,Special to the Sun | September 5, 1999
" 'Tis: A Memoir," by Frank McCourt. Scribner. 367 pages. $26.Frank McCourt's "'Tis" is the sequel to "Angela's Ashes," a runaway best seller three years ago in which he described his childhood and adolescence in Ireland. Here, he describes his emigration in 1949 to New York, his adult years including his service in the American army, and eventually the death of his mother, the eponymous Angela. If you liked the first book I suppose you'll like this one -- but it's hard for me to know why.In both books McCourt describes his "down and out" life -- his despairing childhood built around his father's drunkenness and abandonment of the family to killing poverty in the slums of Limerick; his adulthood of shiftless, self-indulgent, self-pitying behavior marked by drunken binges and various forms of abuse of women.
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By Mike Giuliano | November 30, 2012
It wouldn't be the Christmas season without George Frideric Handel's "Messiah," and in Howard County that means a performance by Columbia Pro Cantare on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Jim Rouse Theater at Wilde Lake. "Handel's 'Messiah' arrives every December and has a worldwide and fabulously successful run," Columbia Pro Cantare music director Frances Motyca Dawson says about this 18th-century oratorio's widespread appeal. "It has a sense of theater and of great drama. Handel came out of opera, and when he turned to writing oratorios that sense of drama never left him. There is a very special quality to the music that continues to delight the ear, mind and heart.
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By Kathy Hudsonhudmud@aol.com | December 9, 2011
'Tis the season of too much activity and busyness. This is when accidents happen. Stoves are left on, and fires begin. Speed, in driving or walking, leads to car crashes and falls. We rush around as if we are on life-saving deadlines, as if there are no days left for gift-giving or entertaining after Hanukkah or Christmas. Yesterday, I had my first mishap. It is nothing compared to a bodily injury or the horrible loss of loved ones experienced by some of my neighbors and friends this year.
EXPLORE
December 6, 2011
Well, here it is again. That time of the year when the dictate is that you be filled with joy, shop till you drop, open your home to those not seen during the course of the year, and decorate, wrap, cook and serve as though you had Martha Stewart on hand. Is this truly the reason for the season, or are we in fact victims of our own creation? Is it all about us, or is there time in your schedule and room in your heart for a random act of kindness, a pay-it-forward, to perhaps give more meaning and credence to the holidays, and those New Year's resolutions that are fast approaching?
ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Carole McCauley and Mary Carole McCauley,mary.mccauley@baltsun.com | March 22, 2009
For its bloody production of 'Tis Pity She's A Whore, Center Stage considered issuing ponchos to patrons sitting in the first row, and it's easy to understand why. Here are just a few of the ways folks expire in John Ford's 17th-century equivalent of a splatter film: by poison (two victims); by a heart attack (one) and by stabbing (I lost count). One poor woman gets her eyes gouged out and later is burned at the stake. There's the forcible extraction of a body organ from a living donor.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2009
THEATER ' 'Tis Pity' : Some critics consider John Ford's poetic, potent tragedy 'Tis Pity She's A Whore as the 17th-century equivalent of a slasher flick. But the drama's moral ambiguity, rich language and flash of redemptive grace elevates it above the shocker genre. The play runs through April 5 at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. Showtimes vary. Tickets cost $10-$60. Call 410-332-0033 or go to centerstage.org. Mary Carole McCauley ART 'Painterly Obsessions': Custer's Last Stand & Other Painterly Obsessions is a survey of "past and present" paintings by Raoul Middleman, on display through April 11 at the C. Grimaldis Gallery, 523 N. Charles St. The show includes watercolor landscapes, self-portraits and erotic drawings.
FEATURES
By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | October 17, 2007
In the glut of awards shows, the second annual BET Hip Hop Awards already stands out - even before it airs tonight. Multiplatinum-selling, Grammy-winning rapper T.I., up for a leading nine awards, was arrested hours before he was to appear on the show, recorded Saturday in Atlanta. The rapper-actor born Clifford Harris was busted in the parking lot of an Atlanta shopping center, where he allegedly tried to pick up three machine guns, two silencers and a pistol from an undercover officer.
NEWS
February 1, 1992
The extraordinary summit meeting of the United Nations Security Council in New York crystallized in one place and time the extraordinary changes in the world of the past two years.It displayed the new importance the world places in that body, now that its five permanent, veto-wielding members agree on vexing problems to be solved. The heads of government symbolically gave new assignments to the new secretary-general, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, who in turn could remind the biggest deadbeat members, the United States and Russia, that the U.N. cannot take on expensive tasks if members' bills go unpaid.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2009
THEATER ' 'Tis Pity' : Some critics consider John Ford's poetic, potent tragedy 'Tis Pity She's A Whore as the 17th-century equivalent of a slasher flick. But the drama's moral ambiguity, rich language and flash of redemptive grace elevates it above the shocker genre. The play runs through April 5 at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. Showtimes vary. Tickets cost $10-$60. Call 410-332-0033 or go to centerstage.org. Mary Carole McCauley ART 'Painterly Obsessions': Custer's Last Stand & Other Painterly Obsessions is a survey of "past and present" paintings by Raoul Middleman, on display through April 11 at the C. Grimaldis Gallery, 523 N. Charles St. The show includes watercolor landscapes, self-portraits and erotic drawings.
SPORTS
March 1, 2002
Cole Field House highlight 1 Game remaining March 21, 1970: UCLA wins its fourth straight national title, de feating Jacksonville and center Ar tis Gilmore, 80-69. Cole finale: Sunday vs. Virginia He said it "These are the best two years of my life." Byron Mouton, Terps forward who trans ferred from Tulane after his sophomore year.
SPORTS
By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | December 19, 1999
The breeze had come up quickly in the first hour of daylight, raising wavelets on the tidal creek off the Patuxent River, and a heavy rain battered the grasses, reeds and rushes of the marsh.The ducks would be coming soon, jumping up from open water and flying low over the channel through the marsh, looking for shelter from the building storm.Earlier, an hour before first light, a string of decoys had been placed in the creek, with the shank of the fish hook set leading upwind to the bend of the hook, where a half-dozen decoys rested in the lee of a shallow point.
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