All about homegrown pumpkins

By: Lela Martin
Posted on: October 18, 2019

Nothing says October better than pumpkins, gourds and jack-o’-lanterns. Add a few to your doorstep, front porch or even a planter. Shocks of corn stalks and baskets of mums or asters can complete an attractive autumnal display. If you’re shopping for a pumpkin, select one that is blemish-free and firm all over. If you’re going to carve a jack-o’-lantern, look for a pumpkin that... READ MORE

Dance club channels Elizabethan era

By: Catherine Brown
Posted on: October 16, 2019

When Linda Macdonald was an undergraduate more than 40 years ago, she became enamored with Scottish dancing. Fast-forward to 1980: Macdonald had moved to Scotland, married a Scotsman, returned to Virginia and had a child. Hoping to dance again but looking for a less vigorous form, she joined the Colonial Dance Club of Richmond. The club, dedicated to the preservation and promotion of... READ MORE

No memories are better than HS football

By: Bob Levey
Posted on: October 15, 2019

Open a can of memories and old guys will rush in to say they were there. Business. War. Politics. Travel. But perhaps more poignantly than most, football. As the calendar flips to the fall months, a young man’s fancy often turns to his gridiron glories of yesteryear. As the saying goes, they get more glorious with each passing decade. It can be very hard for younger people to... READ MORE

Building bridges between generations

By: Eleanor Laise
Posted on: October 14, 2019

Want to live forever? Marc Freedman can help. No, he’s not one of the Silicon Valley “immortalists” seeking to prolong human life spans. He’s the chief executive officer of, an organization that aims to help older Americans make meaningful social contributions and find purpose in later life. In his new book, How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of... READ MORE

Women finally get their own monument

By: Glenda C. Booth
Posted on: October 11, 2019

Clementina Rind, mother of five, probably never heard of “breaking the glass ceiling,” “women’s liberation” or feminism, but in 1774 she became the Virginia colony’s public printer, elected by the Virginia General Assembly on a two-to-one vote. Rind, who had taken over the Virginia Gazette newspaper after her husband died, never missed putting out an issue. And she didn’t... READ MORE

Books to enhance your D.C. sightseeing

By: Dinah Rokach
Posted on: October 08, 2019

Fall is the time of year to enjoy the comparative solitude from the hordes of summer tourists. Take a respite from the crowds to do some sightseeing on your own home turf. 111 Places in Washington That You Must Not Miss, by Andrea Seiger, photographs by John Dean, 240 pages, Emons Publishers paperback, 2018 For those of us who have visited all the familiar tourist attractions in the... READ MORE