‘Crazy Rich Asians’ prove family drama is universally funny

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ prove family drama is universally funny

By David Mullen Remember a few years ago when Academy Award voters were criticized for seemingly avoiding minority performers in their top award categories? Then the 2016 film “Moonlight,” which starred two gay black male characters living in a troubled neighborhood in Miami, won the Academy Award for Best Picture. The much underrated “Hidden Figures,” […]

Trial for treason shows history repeats itself

Trial for treason shows history repeats itself

By Shari Goldstein Stern There are a couple of things you can always count on from Texans. They’re proud of their Texas roots. They enjoy the state’s history. They love to tell stories about both. Now, if you’re the product of several generations of great story-tellers, then you’re as good as the golden Texas sunset. […]

Rescue groups get creative

Rescue groups get creative

By Dr. Beth Leermakers My mantle is lined with homemade wood toys — dogs and cats driving brightly-colored cars, tractors and even pulling Santa’s sleigh. A retired gentleman in Darlington, SC lovingly crafted these special toys in his backyard wood shop, selling them to raise money for the local animal shelter. When I learned that […]

The Cove ready to cool off East Dallas

The Cove ready to cool off East Dallas

The long-awaited Samuell Grand Park Regional Family Aquatics Center is officially open. The Cove at Samuell Grand opened on Aug. 18. It features an 8-lane lap pool with a diving board and climbing wall, open and closed flume slides, current channel (a lazy river), crossing activity, toddler pool with an interactive play structure, shade structures, […]

Deen’s new restaurant perfect spot for a getaway with friends

By Shelia Huffman Moms, with summer winding down and school about to start, are you and your girlfriends ready for a “Mother’s Day Out?” Better than butter, and a short drive from Lakewood, is Paula Deen’s new restaurant and retail shop, “The Family Kitchen,” in Fairview. Whoever did “The Lady’s” merchandise design is a marketing […]

Olive Oil Roasted Eggplant with Tahini

Recipe and photograph by Sara Newberry 2 large eggplants, about 2 pounds each, cut in half lengthwise 1/2 cup tahini 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup water Olive oil Salt and pepper Heat oven to 400F. Cut a diamond pattern into the flesh of the eggplant, going almost all the way to the skin. Generously […]

Rose Byrne’s performance in ‘Juliet, Naked’ irresistible

Rose Byrne’s performance in ‘Juliet, Naked’ irresistible

By Chic DiCiccio The romantic comedy is on life support. The last one that was both critically and financially successful was “Trainwreck,” which isn’t exactly in the same vein as the Hugh Grant or Julia Roberts hits of the 1990s. It’s highly unlikely that “Juliet, Naked” beats Tom Cruise, Marky Mark or a giant shark […]

Help is just a house away for women in need

Help is just a house away for women in need

By Meredith Jones North Texas Giving Day is turning 10 years old and there is a lot to celebrate, including many White Rock Lake-area nonprofits. One of these nonprofits, The Magdalen House, is participating for its ninth year: Located in Dallas for more than 31 years, The Magdalen House moved to Little Forest Hills 22 […]

Trinity trash should be Dallas’ wake up call

Trinity trash should be Dallas’ wake up call

By Naïma Hill As we walked the edge of the levee overlooking the Dallas skyline, I looked out at the Trinity River and thought, oh, are those ducks? Quickly, I realized the objects floating by on the river was consistent and crowding every inch of the water, impossible to be any life form. It was […]