Waxing nostalgic over phones of yore

By: Bob Levey
Posted on: September 16, 2019

My grandmother, bless her 19th century heart, never got it about telephones. When she would pick up the boring-black handset in her living room, she would furiously click the two black buttons that popped up. She said she was clicking to attract the attention of the operator. “But, Grandma,” I would say, in my eight-year-old wisdom, “it’s all automatic. There’s no... READ MORE

Books on how to age wisely, gracefully

By: Dinah Rokach
Posted on: September 12, 2019

For many, the challenges of aging can be daunting. These four books can provide encouragement and advice. Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties, by Madeleine May Kunin, 200 pages, Green Writers Press paperback, 2019 Former Vermont governor Madeleine Kunin writes about aging from the vantage point of her mid-80s. Kunin also reprises, from a personal perspective, her experiences in ... READ MORE

Daphne Maxwell Reid enjoys the journey

By: Catherine Brown
Posted on: September 11, 2019

Though she recently turned 71, when actress Daphne Maxwell Reid appears at the Senior Connections’ Empty Plate Luncheon in Richmond on October 2, audience members shouldn’t expect the Richmond resident to talk about her quiet, peaceful retirement. “I don’t retire,” Reid said. “I’ll take my pension, but I’ll still be busy.” Reid has been busy for decades. After... READ MORE

Beacon celebrates 20th year of 50+Expos

By: The Beacon
Posted on: September 10, 2019

For the past 20 years, the Beacon newspaper has been providing free community education events every fall for readers and their families. Known as the 50+Expos, they are held in both suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia for the convenience of residents throughout the metro area. Between the two events, more than 100 informative exhibitors will provide giveaways and helpful... READ MORE

Typewriters regain a measure of respect

By: Katherine Roth
Posted on: September 06, 2019

For most of us, the clickety clack of a manual typewriter — or the gentler tapping of the IBM Selectric — are but memories or something seen only in movies. But at the few remaining typewriter repair shops in the country, business is booming as a younger generation discovers the joys of the feel and sound of the typewriter. Meanwhile, older generations admit they never fell out of... READ MORE

Artist tries to recapture family’s lost past

By: Noelani Kirschner
Posted on: September 05, 2019

Walking into the third-floor gallery of the American University Museum feels like stepping into a painterly vision of a family photo album, that of Brooklyn-based, Filipino-American artist Maia Cruz Palileo. Most Americans have a familial origin story rooted in immigration; perhaps a great-grandfather arriving at Ellis Island from Ireland, or a grandmother passing through the port of... READ MORE