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Washington Heights is that multicultural neighborhood just north of Harlem in New York City. I’ve been there many times and noticed its slow gentrification. I went there again this week with a new movie, a joyous musical called “In the Heights.”

It’s pretty safe to say that most of us have seen the movie, “The Godfather.” We find ourselves repeating famous lines like “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse,” or “leave the gun, take the cannoli.” It’s a great film with its Italian influence and still to this day is a cult cla…

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Q Although I am on the quiet and reserved side, my family is the complete opposite. I come from a loud and rambunctious family. While I love them all very much, I find myself feeling embarrassed around them in public. I feel guilty for this reaction, but everywhere we go, my family laughs, t…

Q My husband sometimes gives our very stubborn 7-year-old daughter “prizes” for doing what she is told. The other night, for example, Juliette didn’t like what I chose for her to wear the next day to school and threw a mega-tantrum. I didn’t give in, but the next morning, she came downstairs…

There was this one golden moment that lingered for a few months. And then it was gone. Whenever I remember it, I can hear the voices of children singing the old praise song: “Your love never fails and never gives up, it never runs out on me.”

It’s starting to feel more like pre-COVID days but the pandemic is not over. Please eat healthy, be physically active, stay hydrated and wear your face coverings when indoors or close to folks outside—even if you are fully vaccinated. You will see me following these recommendations from experts.

Dear Dr. June: My mother is coming to visit me, my husband and my teenage kids soon. She spent Mother’s Day with my brother because he doesn’t have children and he can dote on her, and my husband can dote on me since I’m the mother of his children. She says that, but she thinks I’m a bad mom. I hate to say it, but honestly, my mother-in-law is a better guest. I have to let her come because she ...

When spring and summer bring warm days, I keep our meals light and garden-fresh with a minimum of cooking. Cold soups, abundant salads, tapas and antipasti are elevated to dinner course level, providing simple and refreshing nourishment, while greedily taking advantage of the farmers market bounty.