Acts of Faith theater festival now on stage

By: Catherine Brown

Over the next couple of months, Richmond theaters will offer a variety of performances as part of the 15th Annual Acts of Faith Festival. It is the largest festival of its kind in the country. Jeff Gallagher and Daniel Moor, members of the Second Presbyterian Church, and Bruce Miller, founding producer of the Virginia Repertory Theater, first developed the festival to bring people in... READ MORE

She defies her bipolar diagnosis

By: Carol Sorgen

Charita Cole Brown remembers being “weepy and clingy” as a child, but she didn’t experience her first significant bout of depression until high school. She rebounded from that and went on to college at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where she majored in English. But during her first semester, she suffered another round of depression and withdrew from school for a ... READ MORE

Houseplants to love for Valentine’s Day

By: Lela Martin

It’s a familiar story. Boy meets girl. Boy sends girl a dozen red roses. Roses wilt within a week. For less money, why not buy a houseplant this February with gorgeous blossoms or leaves to brighten Valentine’s Day and to enjoy for a little longer? Heart-shaped leaves Cyclamen is the perfect indoor plant for your sweetheart. It has dark green heart-shaped leaves. With flowers in... READ MORE

Mature authors share their wisdom with us

By: Dinah Rokach

Septuagenarian and octogenarian authors predictably pen autobiographies. Others write about their fields of expertise. Enjoy the wisdom and wit that comes with age in the pages of these books. Live Long and…What I Learned Along the Way, by William Shatner with David Fisher, 224 pages, Thomas Dunne Books hardcover, 2018 Actor William Shatner, now 87, has written an upbeat, positive... READ MORE

Seriocomedy shines light on hypocrisy

By: Robert Friedman

The white, upper-middle-class, liberal family in Joshua Harmon’s latest seriocomic play, Admissions, takes a disconcerting, yet very funny spin into hypocrisy as its members argue about how to ease racial inequality without endangering their privileged lives. The family’s delving into competing truths — and self-serving lies — are spouted with such wit and LOL punch lines that... READ MORE

Scary stories earn author young readers

By: Robert Friedman

“You could say I never grew up. I’m still trying to rewrite my childhood, making it more interesting and exciting, even mysterious,” said 81-year-old Mary Downing Hahn, of Columbia. She is the author of 35 published children’s books — more than 20 of them novels and many of them prize winners. Among her accolades is the prestigious Edgar Award, given yearly by the Mystery... READ MORE