Concerts give amateurs an outlet

By: Charles Downey

In years past, before the Internet or even television, people used to play musical instruments at home to entertain themselves and their friends.Today, few play chamber music together as a family, and even the piano that used to have a place of honor in the salon or living room of most homes has largely disappeared — perhaps replaced by an electronic keyboard or Guitar Hero.But there... READ MORE

She shares inspiration online

By: Carol Sorgen

If Suzanne Molino Singleton can bring a knowing smile, a sentimental tear or a nod of recognition to just one of her readers, she counts her day as a success. That’s the motivation that led her to begin SNIPPETS — an inspirational weekly column, written in a think-out-loud style, designed for women (though men are welcome readers, too).Where is it published? In cyberspace. That... READ MORE

It’s time to get vaccinated against the flu

By: Lauran Neergaard

It’s flu vaccine time again — and some lucky shot-seekers will find that the needle has nearly disappeared.The first flu shot that works with a less-scary skin prick instead of an inch-long needle is hitting the market this fall. Sorry kids, this option so far is just for adults, and it’s so brand-new that it will take some searching to find a dose.But there are plenty of... READ MORE

Musicians put heart into songs

By: Carol Sorgen

A passion for music has defined Ted Zlatin’s life, from his days playing in a teenage band, to a career that has covered every aspect of the music business, from promoting records to selling pianos.Now retired, Zlatin is using that same passion to bring the joy of music to older adults throughout the Washington/Baltimore corridor through the Music and Art Traveling Heart... READ MORE

Three fellows fight the battle of the bulge

By: Bob Levey

Three gentlemen of a certain age are yakking — not about women or the stock market for a change, but about fitness.Gentleman One is 71, as thin and agile as he was 50 years ago. He eats whatever he likes, exercises only once in a while. He bores his doctors with how healthy he is. He smiles a lot.Gentleman Two is 68. His spare tire inflates by an inch or so every year. To him, a major ... READ MORE

Tour guide sweats the details

By: Carol Sorgen

It wasn’t until Zippy Larson lived in Iran for several years that she came to realize how much she still had to learn about her native Baltimore. Though she had spent her life here, she realized that the people she met in Iran knew much more about American — if not necessarily Baltimore — history than she did.“I thought I was an educated woman,” said the former ... READ MORE