Cultivating creativity in the age of COVID

By Dan Collins
Posted on February 16, 2021

Alexandra Hewett is on a lifelong odyssey to live creatively and to teach others to do the same. A former psychotherapist, current instructor in the dramatic arts, stage and film actress, and 5’1” perpetual motion machine, Hewett seeks to liberate people’s creative expression, dormant for any number of reasons. Given her experience and passion, it’s fitting that Hewett is... READ MORE

Gardening’s physical, emotional benefits

By Lela Martin
Posted on February 12, 2021

“Biophilia” is a word first used by psychoanalyst Erich Fromm in the 1960s, and later popularized by Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist E. O. Wilson, to describe the passionate love of life and all that is alive. True gardeners typically love to spend time outdoors. But did you know your garden loves you back? American garden writer Robert Dash explains that the positive power of... READ MORE

Snapshots to savor of times gone by

By Bob Levey
Posted on February 11, 2021

When Super Spouse says it’s time to clean out the old family photos, this husband salutes smartly and gets right to work. Of course, the job soon vaults well beyond pictures. Each snapshot has a story to tell, as any shutterbug will gladly tell you. So, more than once, I had to apologize to Super Spouse for going so slowly, because I had gotten lost in memories. My gosh,... READ MORE

Local songwriter pens an anthem for men

By Catherine Brown
Posted on February 10, 2021

It’s February — the month of Valentine’s Day, chocolates, roses, romantic movies and love songs. If you’re tired of mushy-gushy romance, however, Ronald Robinson has a new song for you: “Don’t Bring No Suitcase.” Released last December, the song Robinson co-wrote with musician Kenneth Parker is the antithesis of a love song. Robinson, 66, became inspired to write it when ... READ MORE

Richmond area artist memorializes civil rights icon

By Margaret Foster
Posted on February 09, 2021

When the Virginia Museum of History and Culture completes its renovations next year, it will display a significant new work in the collection: a portrait of Oliver Hill — a Richmonder who was a trailblazer in the civil rights movement. “The portrait of Hill fills a major gap in the VMHC collection,” William Rasmussen, senior museum collections curator and Lora M. Robins Curator of... READ MORE

Area filmmaker highlights Black artists

By Susan Ahearn
Posted on February 03, 2021

Cintia Cabib, 59, an independent documentary filmmaker who lives in Potomac, Maryland, has directed eight projects, including short films about immigration, a historic carousel, juggling and the community gardens of Washington, D.C. Her latest film, called “Kindred Spirits: Artists Hilda Wilkinson Brown and Lilian Thomas Burwell,” profiles two Black artists who worked in D.C. when it ... READ MORE

Memoirs from newsmaker, news writers

By Dinah Rokach
Posted on February 01, 2021

The Bibliophile These autobiographies provide fascinating perspectives into a prime newsmaker of the recent past and those who reported on other powerful Washington figures. A Promised Land, by Barack Obama, 768 pages, Crown hardcover, 2020 The 44th president takes readers on an intimate journey from his emergence on the political scene to the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden. This is ... READ MORE

Unearthing Sugarland’s story

By Margaret Foster
Posted on January 29, 2021

One day 26 years ago, Gaithersburg resident Gwen Hebron Reese visited the Maryland town where she was born in 1941 — at least what was left of it. Reese walked around the grounds of the shuttered church that had been the heart of Sugarland, established in 1871 by formerly enslaved people. “The church had been closed, and it was just sitting there. The door was nailed shut, and the ... READ MORE

Choral singers enjoying virtual technology

By Margaret Foster
Posted on January 22, 2021

In March, when the pandemic hit, many members of a Washington state chorus fell ill after a rehearsal attended by a COVID patient, making it clear that singing in a group could be a dangerous, potentially fatal activity. So, Encore Creativity for Older Adults, which operates 22 choruses in the Baltimore-Washington area, cancelled all its in-person rehearsals and shifted to Zoom, the... READ MORE

Storyteller brings historical figures to life

By Timothy Cox
Posted on January 21, 2021

When Janice Curtis Greene was growing up in north Baltimore, she often imagined herself portraying characters in Black American history. Fast-forward some 60 years, and Greene’s dreams have come to fruition. Now 72, she’s an award-winning Master Storyteller and author whose work focuses on the African American experience. Greene’s lively, rhythmic portrayals have delighted adult ... READ MORE