Life-long learners with love for the arts

By: Ivey Noojin
Posted on: June 19, 2020

Art means something different to everybody: paintings, music, theater, cinema, photography, architecture, even quilts. The 400 members of the Art Seminar Group (ASG), based in Baltimore County, try to provide access to a deeper understanding of each of those aspects of art.  The group started in 1956, when several Baltimore women, hoping to learn more about abstract expressionism, hired ... READ MORE

Some surprising benefits of gardening

By: Emma Patch
Posted on: June 19, 2020

Each summer, the fruits of the harvest fill the shelves of local groceries and farmers markets, a colorful reminder of the many nutritional benefits of fresh produce. But growing your own produce offers equally sustaining, though perhaps less visible, benefits. Beyond reduced grocery expenses, gardening offers many positive effects financially. A garden may be a good way to improve... READ MORE

Need an escape? Try these classic movies

By: Jake Coyle
Posted on: June 18, 2020

When many were rushing to rewatch “Contagion,” the eerily prophetic 2011 Steven Soderbergh film about the outbreak of an easily transmitted virus, I was searching for more comforting escapes. I reached for “North by Northwest” the way a baby grasps for a pacifier. Even in a pandemic, it’s incredibly hard to watch “North by Northwest” without a perpetual grin on your face.... READ MORE

Create your vegetable victory garden

By: Lela Martin
Posted on: June 17, 2020

With extra time for home hobbies and learning opportunities with children and grandchildren, many of us are turning to home vegetable gardens reminiscent of the victory gardens during World Wars I and II.  Plan for success The first task is to find the perfect location. Typically, this means a full-sun location with six to eight hours of sunlight daily. If you have deer or rabbits,... READ MORE

Go back in time to solve these mysteries

By: Dinah Rokach
Posted on: June 16, 2020

The Bibliophile Historical thrillers are sure to keep you occupied and your mind engaged. Follow these canny sleuths who solve crimes of the sort that mesmerized the public in previous times.  The Attempted Murder of Teddy Roosevelt: A Novel, by Burt Solomon, 304 pages, Forge Books hardcover, 2019; paperback November 2020 Theodore Roosevelt assumed the presidency upon the... READ MORE

Plant detective solves yard mysteries

By: Lela Martin
Posted on: June 16, 2020

With the enthusiasm of a schoolboy, County Agent T. Michael Likins, 67, snapped a green leaf from a plant growing in the Chesterfield County Extension office’s demonstration garden and placed it under his microscope.  “Aha,” he exclaimed as he viewed the slide, “not only are there aphids on this leaf, but one of them is pregnant!”  Likins serves dual roles as both director ... READ MORE