Moving the folks (Part I)

By: Stuart Rosenthal

My parents, whom long-time readers have “met” before in this column, have once again graciously provided me with an occasion for some musings. You see, they’ve recently moved into an assisted living facility.While I have edited articles about such moves many times over the years, this is my first opportunity to experience one myself, and therein lie a few tales.First, what ... READ MORE

A moving experience

By: Bruben

Washington and Baltimore-area residents felt the Earth move on August 23, an unsettling sensation and, hopefully, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.Just in case there’s a next time, take a look at this fact sheet from the Red Cross about how to prepare for and what to do in case of an earthquake. I was surprised to see that taking refuge in a doorway is not recommended.But as Hurricane... READ MORE

Coming to our census

By: Stuart Rosenthal

I’ve long been on record as objecting to the use of terms like Age Wave, Senior Tsunami and the like to describe the demographic changes occurring across America (and, indeed, the world).I take issue with such terminology because it suggests the aging of our population will be a sudden and destructive event, and it is neither. No wave will come crashing down on us unexpectedly one... READ MORE

Cool summer reading

By: Bruben

One is a business executive who helped save a historic town from being wiped off the map, while the other has had a varied career in dance, television news reporting and acting.Charles Wagandt, who preserved the town of Oella on the Baltimore/Howard County line, and Maria Broom, who guest starred in the TV series “The Wire” and is currently teaching dance to Baltimore kids,... READ MORE

On being misunderstood

By: Stuart Rosenthal

I truly look forward to receiving letters and emails from readers. I value your comments and suggestions, and am eager to hear what you think.That’s really how the Beacon has grown and changed over the years: by trying to address the needs and interests of readers and incorporate their recommendations.I always like to tell how, within hours of our very first issue hitting the streets... READ MORE

Can we all come out ahead?

By: Stuart Rosenthal

Most of us who have held jobs at one time or another have contributed to both Social Security and Medicare out of every paycheck. So let me ask you a question.Do you think of Social Security and Medicare as an “investment,” like stocks or bonds in your portfolio? That is, do you consider yourself to have invested a percentage of your paycheck, throughout your working life, in... READ MORE