Breaking barriers

By: Bruben

The ABC drama “Brothers & Sisters” revolves around a widow played by Sally Field and her five grown children, in whose lives she meddles incessantly. The series broke new ground last year when the 70-year-old character who plays Field’s brother was diagnosed with HIV.Saul, played by Ron Rifkin, is gay and came out of the closet only a few years back. In an episode last ... READ MORE

Power of the people

By: Stuart Rosenthal

I have great news: It looks like any potential plans to dissolve the Maryland Department of Aging have been dropped, at least for now.As many of you know, last month the Beacon helped promote a grassroots campaign to urge Governor Martin O’Malley not to dismantle the Maryland Department of Aging or distribute its programs to other state agencies in an attempt to cut costs.In... READ MORE

Memory lane

By: Bruben

Did you serve in World War II, Korea or Vietnam? How did you meet your spouse? Did you love to shop at Woodies in Washington or Hutzler’s in Baltimore?The Beacon’s website now has a new place to share your reminiscences. You can post your memories of days gone by in our new “I Remember When…” forum. Our first contributor, who is 92 years old, shared his... READ MORE

Time to advocate

By: Stuart Rosenthal

This is a first for me. In all the years we’ve been publishing the Beacon, I don’t recall ever asking readers to take a specific step in support of a particular cause.But today I am.In part, it’s because I believe this is a very important cause. But it’s also in part because I want to see for myself if grassroots advocacy efforts can work.The issue concerns the... READ MORE

Eye of the beholder

By: Bruben

Do you color your hair to cover up the gray? Worry about your receding hairline? Have you ever considered getting a tattoo?Coincidentally, both the current Baltimore and Washington editions of the Beacon focus on people who are refining their image as they age — as well as those who are embracing their looks just the way they are.To see how some Baltimoreans are making some... READ MORE

Eat, drink and be merry

By: Bruben

Yesterday afternoon, I pulled the tattered recipe for gingersnaps out of recipe box that had once belonged to my mother. Gingersnaps are a holiday treat we made each year growing up, and baking them every December continues as a tradition with my own daughter.As a child, I learned the meaning of the phrase “slow as molasses” while pouring a quarter cup out for the cookies.... READ MORE