Try stand-up for a second act

By: Robert Friedman
Posted on: September 17, 2019

Have you heard the one about the Johns Hopkins professor who teaches standup comedy to science students? Actually, it’s not a joke. Baltimore author and biologist Adam Ruben has been overseeing the undergraduate class — call it a joke laboratory — for students to test their lines on live audiences since 2005. Although the popular seminar requires in-class performances, Ruben... READ MORE

ABCs of September gardening chores

By: Lela Martin
Posted on: September 16, 2019

Although the blooming sunflowers, asters and zinnias may still be providing some color in your yard, September is a good month to finish up the summer season and get a good start on fall. With the yellow bus at the corner, you might remember those first days of school. Here are some suggestions for your garden chores based on the alphabet: A: Add cool weather annuals such as pansies,... READ MORE

Waxing nostalgic over phones of yore

By: Bob Levey
Posted on: September 16, 2019

My grandmother, bless her 19th century heart, never got it about telephones. When she would pick up the boring-black handset in her living room, she would furiously click the two black buttons that popped up. She said she was clicking to attract the attention of the operator. “But, Grandma,” I would say, in my eight-year-old wisdom, “it’s all automatic. There’s no... READ MORE

Books on how to age wisely, gracefully

By: Dinah Rokach
Posted on: September 12, 2019

For many, the challenges of aging can be daunting. These four books can provide encouragement and advice. Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties, by Madeleine May Kunin, 200 pages, Green Writers Press paperback, 2019 Former Vermont governor Madeleine Kunin writes about aging from the vantage point of her mid-80s. Kunin also reprises, from a personal perspective, her experiences in ... READ MORE

Daphne Maxwell Reid enjoys the journey

By: Catherine Brown
Posted on: September 11, 2019

Though she recently turned 71, when actress Daphne Maxwell Reid appears at the Senior Connections’ Empty Plate Luncheon in Richmond on October 2, audience members shouldn’t expect the Richmond resident to talk about her quiet, peaceful retirement. “I don’t retire,” Reid said. “I’ll take my pension, but I’ll still be busy.” Reid has been busy for decades. After... READ MORE

Beacon celebrates 20th year of 50+Expos

By: The Beacon
Posted on: September 10, 2019

For the past 20 years, the Beacon newspaper has been providing free community education events every fall for readers and their families. Known as the 50+Expos, they are held in both suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia for the convenience of residents throughout the metro area. Between the two events, more than 100 informative exhibitors will provide giveaways and helpful... READ MORE