All in the family: Comic books and autism

By: Mike Cidoni Lennox

Even at age 89, actor Ed Asner still hangs out at the comic-book store with his kid. In early October, the Asners could be spotted at Hollywood’s legendary Golden Apple Comics. But they weren’t shopping. Instead, the two were promoting an Internet comic-art auction to raise funds for the Ed Asner Family Center. Founded earlier this year by the actor’s son, Matthew, and... READ MORE

Clayworks molds new vision for the future

By: Carol Sorgen

Marsha Smelkinson had recently moved back to Baltimore from San Diego when a friend asked her to help out at a kids’ pottery class she was teaching at Baltimore Clayworks. “I had the opportunity to put my fingers in clay and found it to be fun,” said Smelkinson. Since then, though she had never thought of herself as artistic, the 69-year-old Randallstown resident has become an... READ MORE

Why save a segregated school?

By: Robert Friedman

Jessup native Bessie Bordenave attended the last segregated school in the Howard County Public School System — all the students, teachers and staff were African-American. She graduated in 1962, three years before the school was shut down. Today, the 74-year-old Bordenave still carries “beautiful memories” in her head — and in her heart — of Columbia’s Harriet Tubman High... READ MORE

Baltimore’s streets are lit for the holidays

By: Carol Sorgen

Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or the Winter Solstice. Whatever— and how much — you celebrate, this is the most festive time of the year! Here are a few of Baltimore’s holiday traditions to add to your own. Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar Underneath the Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday & Saratoga Streets The Market & Bazaar features local crafters, artists and ... READ MORE

Now’s the time to plant trees and shrubs

By: Lela Martin

Your hydrangeas didn’t make it this summer; your hollies are straggly; the front yard needs an additional shade tree. What to do? Select and plant new trees and shrubs this fall, the best time to plant in metro Richmond. Cool weather provides an opportunity for plants to adjust before cold weather comes, and to establish deep roots before next year’s scorching summer. Do a little... READ MORE

Carole King’s Beautiful career on stage

By: Barbara Ruben

For three weeks in a row earlier this fall, the farewell tours of three rock and folk icons — Paul Simon, Elton John and Joan Baez — came through Washington. For those hoping seminal ‘60s and ‘70s songwriter Carole King would schedule a tour as well, the next best thing will be onstage for five weeks, starting Nov. 27 at the National Theater in downtown Washington. Beautiful... READ MORE