One of the things I've enjoyed most since I began writing this column has been to read email responses. Not the online comments, but the emails sent directly to me.Almost none of them have been anonymous, even when someone disagreed. I don't like that about the online comments -- anonymity breeds incivility.That said, I thought today I'd share a sampling of those emailed comments. I'll identify the writers only by their first names or initials.My introductory column revealed my addiction to barbecue, and a reader named Leah sent me her favorite barbecue-sauce recipe.
NEW YORK -- At 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, A&E Networks will broadcast the first part of its new "Bonnie & Clyde" miniseries, starring Emile Hirsch and "The Borgias' " Holliday Grainger, across three of its channels -- Lifetime, History, and A&E -- with the second installment airing Monday.In the last year, the company has gotten huge ratings for two miniseries, pulling in 14 million viewers for "Hatfields & McCoys" and 13 million for "The Bible," both of which aired on the History channel. The only way to understand this new "Bonnie & Clyde" is as a bald ratings grab.
The King's English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City, will host a book signing at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9.Author Annette Haws, of Holladay, will sign "The Accidental Marriage" (Cedar Fort, $16.99), a romantic comedy.
The best-seller list provided by IndieBound and the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association, for the week ended Sunday, Dec. 1. Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of MPIBA and IndieBound.
My children, like most everyone else's, find electronic devices irresistible. Their screen time is limited, but they know their way around an iPad, a 3DS and a LeapPad better than I know my way around my kitchen. So I loaded up the Kindle with "Flat Stanley" from the library and subscribed to Scholastic's Storia app. Surely, they -- particularly my reluctant reader -- would be fired up about reading on a screen, right?Wrong.
Traveling always sounds like fun until you have to do it. Delayed flights, lost luggage and unfamiliar surroundings can dim the spirits of the jolliest of travelers. However, I have found six gifts that can help. In fact, you may want to buy them in pairs -- one for a friend and one for yourself.You may know that rising sense of dread when it's clear that everyone has picked up their luggage from the carousel and no more bags are tumbling down the chute. Your luggage has been lost.
PHILADELPHIA -- Angel Ayala has never been a big fan of museums. Blind since birth, the high school student says the exhibits are so sight-dependent that he can't enjoy them.But he's making an exception for the Penn Museum, an archaeology and anthropology center that offers touch tours for the blind and visually impaired. Ayala can now feel the eroded limestone of an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus and the intricate hieroglyphs on the statue of a pharaoh.
Animals can forge bonds across species boundaries if the need for social contact pre-empts their normal biological imperatives. A cat raised with dogs doesn't know it's a cat, the logic goes.In the PBS film "Animal Odd Couples," a cheetah and a dog are shown as friends. A narrator explains that the two grew up together at Busch Gardens and are a regular attraction at the theme park -- they race out from behind a fence at 20 mph to the gasps of the audience.
I pulled into Nazareth, was feelin' about half past dead/I just need some place where I can lay my head.So go the opening lines to "The Weight," the Band's folky, country-tinged slow burner from its 1968 debut, "Music From Big Pink." Never had I identified with that sentiment more than when I pulled into Woodstock, N.Y., this past Labor Day weekend. I was hoping to ensure that my four days away from work and first-time fatherhood would be uninterrupted and restful. I was ready to take a load off.
SEATTLE -- One fisherman uses a bike to deliver hundreds of pounds of salmon to
local markets. A mom who regularly shuttles her two kids around town
once tried to haul a twin mattress home. And some companies are using
the bikes to deliver beer kegs or pick up recycling.Cyclists
are pushing the limits of what they can haul on cargo bikes - sturdy
two-wheelers built to haul lots of stuff. The so-called SUV of bicycles
are increasingly popular in pedal-friendly communities, from Washington
state to Massachusetts.
It's part Christmas miracle, part holiday mystery.About this time every year, for at least the last half-dozen or so, someone has been decorating a small evergreen tree in the foothills above Ogden -- carefully placing ornaments on the branches, draping it in garland and, this year, topping it with a large red snowflake.