Below the Beltway / Entertainment

Into the Wild

WASHINGTON -- Have I ever told you how much I love nature -- trees and bees and deer and babbling brooks and other outdoorsy, green and brown nature-y stuff?

That's right, I haven't. And do you know why I haven't? Because I'm not a liar. I've ...

A Solid Achievement

WASHINGTON -- This column is excerpted and adapted from Gene Weingarten's speech on June 28 at Howard University, accepting the Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

I'm going to talk ...

Take Me Out to The Head Game

WASHINGTON -- At a recent Washington Nationals baseball game, I bellied up to a concession stand named Senators Sausages (possibly Senators Pork was considered and rejected). I ordered a sausage and a beer and a bottle of water, for which I was ...

A Real Khyuty-Pye

WASHINGTON -- I am on the phone with Nancy Wagner of Salina, Kan. Nancy is the grandma of a young lady I have just read about in an ad from the Salina Journal that her parents posted on Facebook. The ad congratulates their daughter for graduating ...

An Infirmary of Punchlines

WASHINGTON -- A few weeks ago in this space, I observed that the best word for a group of teenage girls is not a "gaggle" but a "giggle." Immediately, I got an email from readers Nancy and Richard Downing, who added two more of their own: a "...

The Ouch Potato

WASHINGTON -- You probably think that the most uncomfortable diagnostic procedure a doctor can perform on you, depending on the configuration of your genitalia, is either a finger-intrusive prostate exam or a speculum-intensive pelvic exam. I once...