We’re all in this together

By: Stuart Rosenthal

The number of older Americans is increasing at a far more rapid rate than previously due to rising longevity and the aging of the 78 million baby boomers (now starting to turn 65).At the same time, our struggling economy and persistent joblessness are threatening the quality of life of Americans in general.Both of these factors portend tremendous effects on Social Security and Medicare, not ... READ MORE

Back from Branson

By: Stuart Rosenthal

There are a number of observations I could share with you about my recent trip to the “Live Music Capital of the World” (a.k.a. Branson, Missouri) for a national newspaper convention.But the main news I’d like to share here is that I came back from Branson loaded down with 20 awards for writing, photography and general excellence that the Beacon won in the 2010 national... READ MORE

Red but not read

By: Bruben

Last year, the producers of the movie Red, currently in theaters, wrote to us asking permission to include a copy of the Beacon in a scene from the movie. I was thrilled. The Beacon was going Hollywood.Fast forward to this fall. Despite careful viewing by three of our staff members, we found no sign of the Beacon in the movie unless it’s partially obscured on Bruce Willis’s... READ MORE

Do you have a tattoo?

By: Bruben

More than 20 percent of adults between the ages of 40 and 64 have one or more tattoos, according to a Harris poll.For an upcoming story, the Beacon is looking for people age 50 and older in the Washington area who've been inked. What prompted you to get your tattoo? Do you love it, or do you have any regrets?I’d like to hear from you. E-mail Barbara@thebeaconnewspapers.com or ... READ MORE

Going live

By: Stuart Rosenthal

Our website — this website — went "live" a few hours ago. After more than a year of planning, months of designing and deciding, and weeks of tinkering, we are now out and about in the world of cyberspace.Before last night, I had not given much thought to the concept of "going live" as applied to websites. But I get it now.Without belaboring the analogy (no... READ MORE

Author! Author!

By: Bruben

Back in 1928 at age 17, my Aunt Sara and a friend stuck out their thumbs on a Cleveland roadside and hitchhiked all the way to Yellowstone National Park.I never would have known about this astounding adventure if a cousin hadn’t unearthed an essay in which my aunt recounted the trip and used an online self-publishing company to transform it into a slim paperback book called Westward... READ MORE