What’s the (cashless) world coming to?

By: Bob Levey
Posted on: July 17, 2019

Some signs of aging are very obvious and very expected. Knees that ache. Hair that disappears. Names that you can’t quite recall. Pounds that you can’t wish or walk away. But what in the world are we oldies going to do about the latest in retailing? Cash not accepted. I smacked face first into this utterly 21st-century trend the other day when I popped into a local coffee place ... READ MORE

Books by local authors for summer reading

By: Dinah Rokach
Posted on: July 16, 2019

As Shakespeare put it, “Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” Before summer ends, these works by local authors can be invigorating companions during this sultry season. Trigger: A Novel, by David Swinson, 352 pages, Mulholland Books, 2019 Author David Swinson is a retired decorated D.C. Metropolitan Police detective. He lives with his family in Northern Virginia. Swinson ... READ MORE

Women take to the air in races

By: Glenda C. Booth
Posted on: July 15, 2019

Their teams have names like “Flying Flashes,” “Estrogen Express,” “Dakota FlyGirls,” “Liberty Belles” and “White Lightning.” For a week in June, 109 women pilots grouped into 49 teams flew 2,538 miles across nine states and one Canadian province in a variety of planes. The women, who range in age from 21 to 90 years old, are members of an exclusive club. Only 7% of ... READ MORE

Book tells story of Mt. Vernon’s slaves

By: Glenda C. Booth
Posted on: July 03, 2019

In the preface of her new book, The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret, Virginia historian Mary Thompson describes herself as an “often obsessed, exhausted and frazzled historian.” In the book, Thompson details the lives of the people enslaved by George Washington on his 18th-century plantation, Mount Vernon. As Mount Vernon’s research historian for nearly four decades, Thompson ... READ MORE

Engaging dementia patients through art

By: Noelani Kirschner
Posted on: July 02, 2019

Twice a month, tucked away in tranquil galleries less frequented by tourists, older adults gather to discuss paintings and sculpture at the National Gallery of Art. As their laughter reverberates throughout the halls, the individuals with memory loss flex their visual processing and verbal skills. The Just Us program at the National Gallery of Art (NGA) hosts a small group of individuals ... READ MORE

Arthur Miller’s “Crucible” feels quite timely

By: Dan Collins
Posted on: June 21, 2019

“Mean girl” cliques. Pompous politicians. Lawsuits and “blame game” finger-pointing. Biblical fundamentalists. Hearsay and fake news. Just another day watching CNN or FOX in America, right? Not exactly. Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible, set in late 17th-century Salem, Massachusetts, knocks the truth on its head in The Vagabond Players production through June 30. The... READ MORE