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Reading reigns in Newport
Reading reigns in Newport

It may surprise some to learn that, as a general rule, I do not read animal books. I always worry they will make me cry. So when “The Art of Racing in the Rain” hit the bookshelves in 2008, I just said no. Then came the note last week...

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A wine-win deal
A wine-win deal

Some years ago, I was invited to attend a food and wine fest in Adelaide, Australia. It was a great trip with visits to wineries, restaurants and markets, and lots and lots of tastings. The days started early and lasted long into the evening, but...

A life lived with zest
A life lived with zest

There will be singing and possibly a skit; tributes and no doubt a few poems. And laughter. I’m certain, there will be lots of laughter. It’s the way Andrew Rodman wanted it.

Some pretty slick driving
Some pretty slick driving

By the time you read this, it will no doubt be a warmer world. But just now, the Central Coast is frozen. Snow here is not the rarity it once was, but it is still rare enough to cause all sorts of havoc. Highway 20 is closed, blocked solid by fallen...

An Eve-volving celebration
An Eve-volving celebration
TODAY columnist Lori Tobias shares her history of watching the ball drop
A dogged supporter
A dogged supporter
TODAY columnist Lori Tobias on the opening of a new pack
Givers in need
Givers in need
cliff notes: the coast, condensed
commentary • by Lori Tobias
Care, in all its forms
Care, in all its forms

Two weeks ago, I was sitting on a bed in Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, waiting my turn for an outpatient surgical procedure. Tears were streaming down my face and I felt I owed the staff an explanation. I was not in pain. I was not...

Holding the line
Holding the line

On a July evening in 1989, I waited in the lobby of a swank New Haven restaurant for my husband, Chan, and the rest of the line crew to show up for dinner. Before long, the manager gathered a few of his staff nearby and told them some guests would be...

The center of town
The center of town

In his 12 years volunteering with Manzanita’s Hoffman Center for the Arts, David Dillon has helped host plenty of events. He’s seen some big names, too. Names like Cheryl Strayed, Ursula Le Guin and Phillip Margolin. But there was one...

Big city: small world
Big city: small world
TODAY columnist Lori Tobias hits the literary scene in New York City