Life & Times

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Movie Review: Fifth ‘Mission: Impossible’ Injects New Wit and Energy Into the Franchise

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Preposterous, playful and shamelessly entertaining, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation obeys the first rule of action thrillers-cum-star vehicles: Take this all too seriously and you’re …

‘Ant-Man’ Is a Light-on-Its-Feet Superhero Film

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for July 26-Aug. 1

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Don’t Miss I Am Cait — Fresh off her stirring speech at the Espy Awards, Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) invites viewers into her life via this eight-part reality series. The show promises to tell her “intimate story” as she seeks out her “new normal” as perhaps the …

To Your Good Health: Adrenal Nodules Can Produce Hormones

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband’s recent CT scan of his stomach and digestive system with and without contrast revealed that he has nodules on both adrenal glands. It was suggested that he undergo a blood test to determine if the nodules are producing hormones. For the past 21 …

Miss Manners: Couple Canceling Vacation Offer Shouldn’t Cancel Thank-You

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Dear Miss Manners: We accepted an invitation for a week’s vacation without cost in another couple’s condo with them and one other couple. There wouldn’t have been any additional charges to our friends for us being there. We intended to fly there, while our friends intended to drive, …

New Zealand Unspoiled

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand — Several items are essential for exploring the magical Southern Alps mountains that run across New Zealand’s South Island: insect repellent, rain gear and ear plugs. The repellent is to ward off sandflies, …

High-Tech Aerospace Exhibit On Tour

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Washington — With space shuttles now housed in history museums, innovators in aerospace are thinking of newer, better ways humans could reach space. One idea: What about a space elevator? This real idea is one simulation that’s part of a new high-tech interactive exhibition about the future of …

Crown Jewel of Connecticut State Parks: Expansive Hammonasset Beach

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Madison, Conn. — Downtown Madison, Connecticut, has the feel of a beach town, though the beach itself is nearly 2 miles away. In addition to shops and restaurants, the town has one of the best independent bookstores in the state and a century-old independent movie theater. For sand …

At the End of Their String: Windsor Public Library Director Leads New Yo-Yo Club

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Windsor — Learning to use a yo-yo comes with a lot of ups and downs. Luckily for the members of the Windsor Public Library Yo-Yo Club, they have an expert to show them the strings — er, ropes. …

A Throwback Dairy Queen

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Moorhead, Minn. — The Dairy Queen in downtown Moorhead, Minn., has been thumbing its nose at corporate HQ pretty much since it opened in 1949, despite some efforts from the home office to have the store mind its Ds and Qs. And it’s a recipe that seems to …

Wheels: Top Marks for What Matters Most

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The pretense is gone. The 2016 Honda Pilot, particularly the Elite all-wheel-drive version used for this column, no longer mimics a rough-stuff sport-utility vehicle. Instead, in what is now its third generation, it is truer to its original …

Nuts and Bolts: 2016 Honda Pilot

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Bottom line: You do not have to spend $47,000 to get into the 2016 Honda Pilot family. That’s the fully loaded Elite’s transaction price. You can enter at $29,995 with a Honda Pilot LX. It’s worth a serious look. Ride, acceleration and handling: Top marks in all three. …