Joyful musical Kinky Boots at Toby’s

By: Eddie Applefeld
Posted on: February 28, 2020

When I first heard the term “kinky boots,” I expected to see boots with X-rated comments on them. I mean, what else could it mean? As it turns out, plenty. Seems as if there was a 2005 British film called Kinky Boots that I missed. It wasn’t until 2013, when a musical by that name opened on Broadway, that I finally got it. I recall seeing the musical at the Hippodrome some... READ MORE

Offering residents diverse literary talent

By: Ivey Noojin
Posted on: February 26, 2020

Hundreds of authors, including Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winners and poet laureates, have visited Howard County because of one organization’s quest to make literature accessible to everyone. The Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (motto: “Let there be lit”) was established in 1974 by Ellen Conroy Kennedy to bring art to the newly formed city of Columbia. Since then, the... READ MORE

Winter garden offers unusual sights

By: Lela Martin
Posted on: February 25, 2020

Do you notice more details in your garden in the winter when you’re not distracted by green leaves and showy blossoms? Here are some explanations for those unusual winter sightings: Q: It’s February. Why are brown leaves still hanging from some trees? A: You are observing marcescence, the term used to describe leaf retention. The dried leaves of certain hardwood trees hold fast,... READ MORE

Never too late to make beautiful music

By: Gayla Mills
Posted on: February 24, 2020

Ric Bergstrom began playing banjo several years ago, when his wife gave him one as a birthday present. “At 47, I decided to pick up a stringed instrument, and the last time I’d touched any instrument was literally in ninth grade,” said Bergstrom, the owner of a Richmond insurance agency. Almost everyone knows the joy of listening to music, the way it can transport you to... READ MORE

Creativity: it can get better with age

By: Alexis Bentz
Posted on: February 21, 2020

Alexis Bentz is a senior at Wootton High School in Rockville, Maryland. She has been writing this intergenerational column for the Beacon since middle school. I’ve been writing about issues that impact both the older and younger generations for The Beacon for six years. But I’ve been a short story writer almost from the time I could hold a pen. My first story was about a butterfly... READ MORE

Change is hard, so this habit may remain

By: Bob Levey
Posted on: February 20, 2020

Another year has recently slipped into the books, and for me, it brought a reckoning. Should I bow to the realities of the 21st Century? Or should I plow ahead with a project that had been born and nurtured in the 20th? Should I be a stubborn old guy and refuse to recognize which way the winds are blowing? Or should I fold my tent? For more than 25 years, I have regularly,... READ MORE