Spice up your edible garden with a theme

By Lela Martin
Posted on May 10, 2022

During the pandemic, about 15 million people became new gardeners, and research shows that the majority of them are growing or plan to grow edible plants. Always grow the herbs and vegetables that you and your family enjoy. May is a good month to get many of those plants in the ground. Whether you’re new to gardening or a seasoned grower, mix it up by selecting a theme for this... READ MORE

Places for you to cut the rug your way

By Diane York
Posted on May 09, 2022

When people think of dancing, they may think of twirling around a ballroom with a partner. Sure, there are wonderful dances like the waltz, the Texas two-step, foxtrot, salsa, tango and rhumba. There is West Coast swing and shag, too, and they are all wonderful. But freestyle dancing allows you to express yourself in a personal way. With freestyle dance, there is no wrong way, no steps... READ MORE

Poetry to read and contemplate at leisure

By Dinah Rokach
Posted on May 06, 2022

The Bibliophile Poets are challenged to condense thoughts — often moving and profound — into fewer words than a full-length book. The imaginative reader fills in the rest. The Light on Sifnos, by Barbara Quick, 34 pages, Blue Light Press paperback, 2021 How many of us can retain the inner musings that travel evokes and transform them into elegant verse? Join Barbara Quick on a... READ MORE

Chorus of singers 55+ celebrates 15 years

By Catherine Brown
Posted on May 05, 2022

This month, Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the largest choral organization for Americans over 55, celebrates its 15th anniversary and honors its founder Jeanne Kelly on her retirement. The group will host a gala in Washington, D.C. on May 13, and a pay-what-you-can concert at Strathmore Music Center in N. Bethesda, Md. the following day. Kelly created Encore in 2007 after having... READ MORE

Ford’s musical ‘Grace’ is food for thought

By Lynda Lantz
Posted on May 03, 2022

What are the most important foods in your family? Are they the ones your grandmother made, the link to past generations or a world they left behind? In my family, Yorkshire Pudding, a savory popover, declares, “This is a holiday; here is our family,” connecting us with our mostly forgotten English forebears. In some communities, however, food, like other parts of culture, carries... READ MORE

‘Rocky the Musical’ packs a punch at Toby’s

By Eddie Applefeld
Posted on April 19, 2022

Earlier this year, Toby Orenstein, owner of Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia, was walking to the corner bakery when she happened to notice a new gym, Title Boxing Club. The gym reminded her of Rocky, the famous 1976 boxing film and subsequent 2014 musical, which coincidentally had just been licensed globally. Excitedly, Orenstein called her colleague, executive producer Mark Minnick.... READ MORE

TV series on Baltimore’s crooked cops

By Robert Friedman
Posted on April 18, 2022

The Baltimore police are on the move, invading the home of a known drug dealer, pushing the woman of the house aside, laying out the dealer, finding his mountains of cash and tossing the packs of money to each other — for their own keeping. That’s in the opening TV chapter of “We Own This City,” the new HBO series about crooked cops in Baltimore in and around the year 2015. The... READ MORE

The truth behind gardening proverbs

By Lela Martin
Posted on April 14, 2022

Many gardeners rely on a proverb, an almanac or their grandmothers for gardening advice, while Master Gardeners are trained to convey information that is research-based. Here are a few adages with a little bit of scientific discussion to clarify the level of their validity: April showers bring May flowers This saying can be traced back to English poet Thomas Tusser, who wrote in the... READ MORE

In praise of politically active older voters

By Bob Levey
Posted on April 13, 2022

Political season is heating up, both locally and nationally. As usual, older Americans are front and center. The reasons are tried and true. We vote, and we give money. Younger people might do the first, and sometimes do the second. But so often, they are too busy and too cash-strapped to lean into campaigns the way their elders do. So, we oldies-but-goodies will soon see and hear... READ MORE

Works illuminate ‘the war to end all wars’

By Dinah Rokach
Posted on April 12, 2022

The Bibliophile April 6 marks the 105th anniversary of the U.S. entry into the First World War. These books help us remember and appreciate those who served. Never in Finer Company: The Men of the Great War’s Lost Battalion, by Edward G. Lengel, 368 pages, Hachette Books paperback, 2021 Chief historian of the White House Historical Association, D.C. native Edward Lengel, has... READ MORE