Going back to school is cool

By: Barbara Ruben

It’s back to school time, and for many students, that means butterflies in the stomach and first day jitters.But for adults going back to school after raising a family, there can be an added layer of initial self doubt.As Karen Parker Thompson recalled when she enrolled in a masters program at American University (AU) earlier this year, “I was looking at all the things we had to ... 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 in suburban Baltimore 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 greater Baltimore area through the Music and Art Traveling Heart ... READ MORE

Buying into a 2nd (or 3rd) career

By: Barbara Ruben

Earl Reed’s wide-ranging career took him from flying fighter planes in Vietnam, to setting up a chain of drug stores in Moscow, to advising the Department of Homeland Security on how to prevent nuclear weapon components from entering the country.But last year, at the age of 67 — a time when some other people might start counting the days until retirement — Reed took his... READ MORE

Broom sweeps across stages

By: Carol Sorgen

One might call Maria Broom a Jill-of-all-trades, at least when it comes to the performing arts. The native Baltimorean — who saw her first ballet at the age of 6 and thought to herself, ”This is it” — has made a life, and a living, as a dancer, actress and storyteller.She is a familiar face from HBO’s renowned Baltimore-based crime series “The... READ MORE

If it’s so much fun, is it work?

By: Barbara Ruben

Imagine spending half the year with roller coasters on the horizon, the smell of funnel cakes in the air, and Bugs Bunny as one of your closest friends.Ruth McDonald enjoys just that as a seasonal employee at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, Md. At age 84 she is the park’s oldest employee, showing workers one-fifth her age the ropes each year as the summer season swings into high... READ MORE

Mind your own business, kids

By: Carol Sorgen and Stuart Rosenthal

The little town has a lovely central square surrounded by shops with well-known logos above their doors. There’s a local bank, radio station, office supply, pizza shop, newspaper, insurance agency and more.Each day, the 100 or so “employees” who arrive around 9 a.m. to run the show in all these businesses are 5th and 6th grade students from public schools throughout... READ MORE