Bravely telling stories of mental illness

By: Carol Sorgen

Baltimore comedian Michele Wojciechowski had her first full-blown panic attack when she was a freshman at Loyola College (now University). “I remember exactly where I was,” said Wojciechowski, who is now 51 and a writer, editor, humorist, speaker and stand-up comic. “You know how if you’re driving and a car comes close to hitting you and you get that rush of adrenaline to your... READ MORE

Lawn care of warm-season turfgrass

By: Lela Martin

It’s March, and the lawns of Central Virginia are starting to green up. Warm-season grasses break dormancy as soil temperatures gradually rise above 50° F, and it usually takes three to four weeks for complete greening. It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to establish or maintain your warm-season lawns. 1) Do research about your yard Determine your grass type The care of turf depends on... READ MORE

Seeing the world through an artist’s eyes

By: Martha Steger

For years, tourists have purchased postcards to show others the interesting sites they have visited and the beautiful works of art they have seen. But what did people do in the 17th century, when travel was difficult and there was no photography? How did those who couldn’t travel themselves get a sense of what was out there in the world and what was happening in other lands? In many ... READ MORE

New documentary of Beatles’ ‘Let It Be’

By: Hillel Italie

The Beatles’ farewell documentary “Let It Be’’ is getting an encore, and a reinvention. “Lord of the Rings’’ director Peter Jackson announced recently that he is making a new film out of some 55 hours of footage — shot in January 1969 — that has never been seen by the public. The original movie, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, came out soon after the Beatles broke... READ MORE

Heartfelt crimes from Vagabond Players

By: Dan Collins

In the late 80s and into the 90s, America was treated to a number of films, some based on successful stage plays, that introduced us to a new genre that might be called “the tough Southern ladies movie.” These included Steel Magnolias, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, to name a few. Imagine a combination of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof... READ MORE

Making plans for a grandchild on the way

By: Bob Levey

You’ll forgive my puffed-out chest and my 24-hour smile. My wife and I are about to become grandparents for the first time. Put it this way: Yipppeeeeeeeeeeeee! This little boy (yes, it’ll be a boy) will not lack for attention — or for engaged “grands.” My wife will immediately teach him how to make her signature salad dressing, and how to endure his grandfather’s... READ MORE