Holiday Classics: Christmas in Connecticut

IN DECEMBER, my evening habit is to make a mug of real cocoa, enrich it with a sensible amount of Kahlua, and then head upstairs to the library. There, curled up on a comfy blue sofa, I spend an hour or two watching classic holiday movies. Tonight's feature is Christmas in Connecticut. Are you familiar with this 1945 farce that stars Barbara Stanwyck and Dennis Morgan? Here's the plot: Read more »

Halloween Movie Quiz: Winners and Answers

"MR. DE MILLE, I'M READY FOR MY CLOSE UP." Did you take my recent Movie Quiz? Good for you! Here are the winners names, along with the correct answers to the quiz: Read more »

Halloween Party!

I DON'T MEAN TO FRIGHTEN YOU, but last night a gaggle of ghouls arrived at our house. The occasion? A Halloween party to benefit the Columbia County Historical Society. We ate. We drank. And oh, how we danced! A few scenes from this masquerade ball: Read more »

Halloween Movie Quiz & A Giveaway

(This giveaway has concluded.) TODAY, because Halloween is around the corner, and because I've just set a motion-activated skeleton on my front porch (it sings and dances as you climb the steps), I'm giving away three sparkling new Microplane Zesters. For a chance to win one of these indispensable gadgets, just take my not-too-scary Halloween movie quiz! Read more »

Downton Abbey Quiz: The Answers!

I'D LIKE TO THANK ALL OF YOU WHO PARTICIPATED in my recent Downton Abbey Quiz. The answers to the quiz, a few statistics, and finally, the winner's name (chosen at random from all entries): Read more »

Downton Abbey Quiz!

Are you eagerly awaiting the return of Mrs. Patmore and the rest of the cast from Downton Abbey? Me too! And to tide us over, I've put together a multiple-choice quiz that deals with this hit period drama. The details: Read more »

Presidential Quiz: Answers & Winners

A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who took the Presidential Quiz. Two of my questions were flawed (see below). Consequently I ignored "wrong" answers for these when selecting winners. Here are the correct answers, followed by the winners names: Read more »