Monthly Archives: September 2014

Theatre Review: Two Gentlemen of Verona at the IRT

Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona is one his early plays, a comedy/romance featuring two friends, Proteus (played by Chris Bresky) and Valentine (Charles Pasternak) who go in search of their true loves. Julia (Lee Stark) and Silvia (Ashley Wickett) play the two ladies in question. Comic relief is found in … Read More

Grow Me, But Put Me in a Pot

The large orange-red, two inch papery pods of Chinese lantern (Physalis alkekengi) are often used to accentuate Halloween or Thanksgiving flower arrangements. Although called “Chinese Lantern,” this perennial is actually native to Japan and southeast Europe where it’s sometimes referred to as ground, Jerusalem, or winter cherry or husk tomato. … Read More

Scam Targets Taxpayers

INDIANA — Taxpayers nationwide are reporting unsolicited calls from scammers who claim to be with the IRS and demand immediate payment. It has been deemed the largest-ever phone fraud scam targeting taxpayers, costing victims an estimated $5 million in total. To date, 159 Hoosiers have reported this scam to Indiana … Read More

The Beaten Path

I sat down with my 3-year-old daughter and told her that she had done something that needed to be addressed by a punishment. “I am going to have to spank you,” I told her. I turned her over my knee, raised my hand high above my head, and brought it … Read More

Lizzie Borden Took An Axe . . .

My last few columns have been about as pop culture oriented as you can get, exploring the supposed “curses” of the 1960-70s sitcoms Family Affair and Bewitched. As it happens, last week I found myself in a couple far away places with gossamer connections to the star of Bewitched, Elizabeth … Read More