Doris Wyatt Spencer

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Life, After

Denial is powerful. It can be a crucial coping tool when experiencing loss or trauma, but it also can unmoor you from reality. From the time I lost …

I Lived Through the Most Nerve-Wracking Birth Story You May Ever Read

My wife and I had wanted kids for years. But when she became pregnant with triplets, we soon learned that the chances all three would survive their birth healthy were slim—if they would survive at all. The doctors told us our options. We had to choose what to do next.<p><b>Denver was buried</b> by a …

Masters of Love

Science says lasting relationships come down to—you guessed it—kindness and generosity.<p>Every day in June, the most popular wedding month of the year, about 13,000 American couples will say “I do,” committing to a lifelong relationship that will be full of friendship, joy, and love that will carry …

Review: Thrilling 'Last Passenger' charges hard on low budget

Compared to "Speed" or<p>"Unstoppable"or other pricey studio thrillers about runaway public vehicles, the lower-budgeted "Last Passenger" may feel a tad modest for the high-octane crowd. However, taken on its own terms, this handsomely made suspense yarn proves an engrossing, pulse-quickening journey …

Beneath The Harvest Sky mucks up a fine regional mood piece with unnecessary plot

Contemporary low-budget crime movies either embrace pastiche or soak themselves in so much social detail and regional atmosphere that they no longer …

From A Single Snowplow To A Tragicomic Partnership

When Bruce (Thomas Haden Church) barrels over a man with his snowplow in the opening scene of <i>Whitewash,</i> it looks like an accident. Perhaps not a blameless one on Bruce's part if the half-empty bottle of liquor rolling around the floor of the vehicle is any indication, but an accident nonetheless. …

Philip Seymour Hoffman leads a strong cast in the actors’ picture God’s Pocket

John Slattery’s feature-length directorial debut, <i>God’s Pocket</i>, fits snugly within the tradition of the actors’ picture, the granddaddy of today’s big …

Jon Favreau's 'Chef' has all the ingredients for a hit

Writer-director-star Jon Favreau cooks up tureens of fun and charm in "Chef," a welcome return to his more intimate, indie film roots ("Swingers," "Made") after helming such mega-budget pictures as "Iron Man," "Iron Man 2" and "Cowboys & Aliens."<p>As Carl Casper, a respected L.A. chef who finds …

Iron Man

Review: 'Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return' ★ 1/2

"Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return" is a harmless but almost charmless adaptation of a book by L. Frank Baum's grandson. It's a derivative hash of grandpa's story, set in the present day, given forgettable new tunes by pop songsmiths such as Bryan Adams sung by the likes of Lea Michele, Martin Short, …

Real Estate

REVIEW: Neighbors, When the Outrageous Becomes the Cliché

At Braxton College’s Delta Psi Beta fraternity, the members love their members. Pete (Dave Franco) can build an impressive erection just by …

'A Night in Old Mexico' a waste for Robert Duvall

The clunker "A Night in Old Mexico" is a sad state of affairs for acting legend Robert Duvall and well-regarded screenwriter Bill Wittliff ("Lonesome Dove," "Legends of the Fall," "The Perfect Storm"). This poky, clichéd, slackly told picture, directed by Emilio Aragón, would've felt dated a few …

The Immigrant

It's a no-win situation describing a James Gray film, be it <i>Little Odessa</i> and <i>The Yards</i> or <i>We Own the Night</i> and <i>Two Lovers</i>. The plots are scaffolding, …

'Million Dollar Arm' review: A fake-true baseball tale

<b>Million Dollar Arm</b><p>Drama. Starring Jon Hamm, Lake Bell and Alan Arkin. Directed by Craig Gillespie. (PG. 124 minutes.)<p>The funny thing about true stories is that they often seem phonier than fiction, especially when the subjects are still alive and can sue, or get angry, or have their feelings hurt. …

Bake Your Own Pizza Bagel Bites

They taste way better than the kind from the box<p>Frozen pizza bagel “bites” are genius, in theory. Pizza is one of the planet’s greatest culinary creations. Bagels are delicious, too. Combined together, especially in handy microwaveable snack form, pizza bagels should take on a Voltron-like …

Recipes

How to Make Dairy-Free Chocolate Syrup at Home

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: Once you try a glass of milk mixed with</i> <i>chocolate syrup by</i> <i>Cara Eisenpress of Big Girls, Small Kitchen, you'll never want to drink plain milk again.</i><p>…

6 Food Myths Debunked

Nutrition advice comes so fast and furious, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of what’s good and what’s bad for you. And oftentimes when that advice …

The Most Common Mistakes People Make when Cooking Pork Chops

The 8 most common mistakes to avoid when cooking pork chops.<p>We'll come out and say it: Cooking pork chops is not an easy task. But we promise—you can definitely cook a tender, juicy chop—as long as you avoid these eight common mistakes.<p>1. Ignoring the Quality of Your Meat<p>This is true with all meat …

BBQ

5 tips for throwing a dinner party (without losing your mind)

You’ve picked out the perfect recipes, bought all the groceries and handpicked the perfect guests for your dinner party.<p>Now comes the hard part: getting all the food on the table at the same time—while somehow managing to shower and dress in the process. We asked entertaining gurus how to keep your …

8 Foods With Awesome Mood-Boosting Benefits

Prepare to rethink everything you thought about “comfort food.”<p>Who hasn’t craved something sweet or fried while seriously stressed out? The problem is, these comfort foods are not your salvation…actually, quite the opposite. These foods can make you fatigued and raise your blood sugar so you …

Nutrition

Slice Steak The Right Way

Cut your meat like this and it will reward you with extreme tenderness<p>Maybe it’s happened to you: You slap down a pricey Jurassic-sized slab of meat on a grill and cook it to juicy, medium-rare perfection. Then, after you finally sink your teeth into the steak, you realize something is wrong.<p>It’s …

10 Mind-blowing Food Trends Already Dominating 2014

Quite a few new food trends have made the news over the last year. Between deep-frying your spam into fries and shot glasses made from chocolate chip cookies, this is truly a time to enjoy food. Our friends over at PopSugar compiled a list of 10 of the top mouthwatering food items you absolutely …

How to Clean Crabs

There are two basic kinds of crabmeat: the white, firm, sweet meat of the body, often sold as “lump,” and the darker, more strongly flavored leg and …

Crabmeat

Why We Love Pea Shoots—and How to Stir Fry Them at Home

Pea shoots, a favorite at Chinese restaurants, have a sweet, delicate, springtime-evoking allure—and they're super easy to stir fry at home<p>I’ve spent most of my adult life traveling to, from, and around Asia—partly for fun and partly as a travel writer. At every Chinese meal, I always crave one …

A Menu for the 1990s—Which Just Won't Go Out of Style

As we remember Friends, Hey Dude, and the other milestones of the 1990s, a dinner party menu that lets us drizzle some balsamic, as well.<p>Something strange is going on. I look at the calendar and swear it says 2014. And yet. The hearts and minds of the people—at least based on the news—would have it …

Olive Garden Experiments With Kale, Capers, and Polenta to Become 'Hip'

<b>Olive Garden</b> is trying really hard to appeal to a younger crowd. What's the best way to draw in Millennials? The magical green vegetable that is <b>kale</b> of course. According to Bloomberg, Olive Garden's head chef <b>Jim Nuetzi</b> is trying to bring a "<b>foodie sensibility</b>" to the pasta-peddling chain. Nuetzi is …