Entertaining in your garden this autumn

By: Lela Martin
Posted on: October 13, 2020

It’s October. My daughter’s 200-guest wedding scheduled for later this month was a casualty of COVID-19; however, in its place will be an intimate ceremony with 20 family members in our back yard. What this means is that I’ve become a very busy mother-of-the bride, adding to all the typical wedding preparations the task of transforming my yard into a wedding venue. You too may... READ MORE

Poor guy can’t help answering the phone

By: Bob Levey
Posted on: October 12, 2020

The phone rings. The digital screen says UNKNOWN CALLER. My wife and I exchange glances. Thus, the ballet begins — again. “I’m going to answer it,” I say. “Don’t answer it,” she says. “You’ll just encourage them to call again.” “Might be Hollywood,” I say. “You know it isn’t Hollywood,” she says. “One way to find out,” I say. And I lift... READ MORE

Writing a memoir can be a self-education

By: Peter G. Pollak
Posted on: October 09, 2020

Like many older adults, my motivation for writing a memoir was to clear up questions my children have about my past. In the 1960s I was a leftist radical. Today I’m a conservative. How did that happen, they want to know? I was surprised what I learned about myself in writing the memoir, and you might be, also. Don’t let anyone fool you: Writing a memoir is not easy. I’ve... READ MORE

Stories well-told by television celebrities

By: Dinah Rokach
Posted on: October 06, 2020

The Bibliophile Enjoy the perspectives of each of these articulate entertainers as they master the written word as authors. The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life, by Alex Trebek, 304 pages, Simon & Schuster hardcover, 2020 Alex Trebek, the host of TV game show “Jeopardy!” beginning in 1984, faces his own mortality in his 80th year: He is under treatment for late-stage... READ MORE

Teacher writes about city kids’ resilience

By: Robert Friedman
Posted on: October 02, 2020

Adam Schwartz, 55, grew up in Washington, D.C.’s Friendship Heights, but he has taught in Baltimore’s city schools for the past 22 years. The “resilient kids” he taught became the basis for his new book, The Rest of the World — his debut collection of short stories, several of which have already won prizes after their publication in literary journals. All eight stories are... READ MORE

Daughter’s murder set father on mission

By: Margaret Foster
Posted on: September 25, 2020

On a rainy evening in June 2005, Bill Mitchell received a phone call from the Howard County Police Department insisting to meet him in person. At a local Giant, an officer told him that his daughter, Kristin, 21, had been murdered by her ex-boyfriend. She had been stabbed 55 times. Since that horrific night, Mitchell, now 70, has dedicated his life to telling Kristin’s story to educate ... READ MORE