Quindlen’s wild world of grandparenting

By: Rob Merrill
Posted on: June 06, 2019

Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting, by Anna Quindlen, 176 pages, Random House “Write what you know.” Few follow that advice better than Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Anna Quindlen, who recently discovered the joys, and challenges, of grandparenthood. There are two tenets of “Nanaville,” writes Quindlen, which she characterizes as “a state of mind, a place I wound up... READ MORE

A refreshing, sunny “Singin’ in the Rain”

By: Patricia Cuadros
Posted on: June 03, 2019

NextStop Theatre Company in Herndon, Virginia, is putting a fun spin on the musical comedy Singin’ in the Rain, now through June 23. Because the 1952 film starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds is such a beloved classic, live theaters might shy away from producing the musical. Not NextStop, whose actors and productions have been nominated for — and have recently won... READ MORE

Mother and daughter artists share exhibit

By: Noelani Kirschner
Posted on: May 24, 2019

Baltimore sculptor, printmaker, performance artist, bead-worker and jewelry maker Joyce J. Scott, 70, said one of the greatest influences on her art was her mother, quilter Elizabeth Talford Scott, who died in 2011 at age 95. Some of the younger Scott’s work is currently being displayed next to her mother’s in a new exhibition, “Hitching Their Dreams to Untamed Stars,” which... READ MORE

New book helps women find true selves

By: Margaret Foster
Posted on: May 23, 2019

When you were eight years old, what did you want to be when you grew up? A fireman, a baseball player, a zookeeper? Later in life, those unrealistic childhood ambitions can become valuable, according to Columbia career coach Janet Ruck, author of You Anew: A Guide for the Woman Who Is Ready to Create Her Best Life, published in May. “If you wanted to be a ballerina and you’re 70... READ MORE

Honoring Maryland’s veterans

By: Margaret Foster
Posted on: May 21, 2019

While waiting for a flight at BWI Airport, passengers hear an announcement: “Ladies and gentlemen, please join us at gate seven for a special Honor Flight. Please welcome our veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.” A crowd forms, and people crane their necks, waiting for the plane’s passengers to disembark. A thin man in a dark blue military veteran cap rolls ... READ MORE

Gold Star families get guidebook for grief

By: Margaret Foster
Posted on: May 21, 2019

On Memorial Day, most Americans will fire up the grill, invite their neighbors over for picnics or attend a Main Street parade. But for families who have lost an adult child during military service, Memorial Day can be a piercing reminder of loss — as painful as their loved one’s birthday or anniversary of their death. “The very images that are symbols of our country are very... READ MORE