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Cinema Paradiso

Drive across the city and ponder the shells of the old movie theaters that used to be, the little neighborhood dream palaces, the Cinema Paradisos, where Baltimoreans of long ago (and not so long ago) went…MORE

last man standing

A friend’s father died recently and by way of condolences I said that I believed that one’s father (or mother) was never really dead. People speak of losing one’s parents, but I don’t understand that. That’s…MORE

horse sense

An old horsewoman who came here from Ireland on the cusp of World War II told me once that she remembered riding a horse from Monkton to what is now the traffic circle in Towson. Imagine…MORE

king of the porch

I don’t play golf. (I was forced to take up the ancient and honorable game as a small boy and it turned me against it forever.) Tennis, anyone? No, thanks. As for messing about in boats,…MORE

In The Bleak Midwinter

If there is anyone who would speak a few words on behalf of the month of January, let them come forward now. I think it unlikely. January is an unloved month. The most unloved. Coming as…MORE

Naughty or Nice

The words “naughty or nice” actually only appear once in the popular Christmas song “Santa Claus is Coming (or Comin’) to Town,” which observes its 80th season to be jolly this year. It’s a secular little…MORE

Neighbor's Pet

A good pet sitter is hard to find. Once, I hired a dreamy Gilman School lad to care for our cat for a weekend only to find that when we returned he’d forgotten all about his…MORE

Christopher Corbett Essays

One of the things that surprised me when I came to Baltimore long ago was the peculiar enthusiasm for our difficult-to-sing national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” This zeal is not evident elsewhere in this republic. I…MORE

Return of the Native

For more than 25 years I’ve had a William Hamilton cartoon from The New Yorker on my bulletin board that shows a couple of soignée dames talking to a guy in a checked hunting jacket. One…MORE

Closet Case

My wife has been trying to get me to come out of the closet. We’ve talked about this for some time. It’s a private matter. You can’t really involve anyone else; even family members. I was…MORE

The Cat’s Meow

What’s the chief difference between dogs and cats? Anyone who has ever known a cat knows the answer. Dogs are man’s best friend. But cats remain forever and always their own best friends. I did not…MORE

The Friendly Skies

Remember the friendly skies? Remember Delta is ready when you are? Remember up, up and away? That was TWA and if you’re old enough to remember TWA you may remember the pleasures of travel. Well, those…MORE

Car Talk

My first car was a 1969 Buick LeSabre—metallic blue. It looked like a state police cruiser. Gas was 53 cents a gallon then, and Richard Nixon was still in the White House. It was 1974. My…MORE

The old song says “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” but in our consumer culture, it was beginning to look a lot like Christmas before Labor Day. So by the time the bleak midwinter…MORE

The World’s Healthiest Foods!

My parents disapproved of new things. Why would we need new things? What’s wrong with old things? That was their mantra. This was especially true in the matter of foodstuffs. Dining. Cooking. Eating. Experimentation in the…MORE

Our School Project

For many parents of small children, child-rearing   offers a chance to relive one’s own childhood, and get it right this time. There’s no better place to begin than with the school project. The school projects…MORE

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