Conversations on race, culture

By Robert Friedman
Posted on January 18, 2021

The new director of Maryland’s museum of African American history and culture has bigger things in mind than cataloguing or explaining events and artworks of the past. Terri Lee Freeman takes over as executive director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore on Feb. 15, at a time when the country is focused anew on the issue of racism. She hopes to involve the museum and its... READ MORE

Laughter yoga boosts health, connection

By Catherine Brown
Posted on January 13, 2021

Four years ago, when author Slash Coleman was recovering from a collapsed lung, his surgeon gave him some advice: laugh more. Laughter would not only help Coleman move air into his lung, it would benefit his mental health. Coleman had stopped traveling the world for his one-man shows, moved back to Richmond, where he was born, and isolated himself for a year. Taking his surgeon’s... READ MORE

Women stitch love into blankets

By William Hogate
Posted on January 12, 2021

They’re three feet wide and three feet tall. They’re colorful. Most importantly, they’re warm. They’re “love blankets,” made by the loving hands of Wilma Bowman, 87, and Shirley Wiest, 92. The duo sews them for residents of Richmond Children’s Hospital, the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, several cancer centers, and some nursing homes in the Richmond area. The... READ MORE

Appreciate tree bark during winter’s bite

By Lela Martin
Posted on January 12, 2021

“Winter has beautiful stories left to tell.” — Angie Weiland-Crosby Each of us has a favorite season and a special reason for choosing it. Winter is not often named by gardeners, however. In November, a gardening friend of mine was already talking about what she would plant in spring — she just bypassed winter altogether. This winter, I encourage you (and her!) to take the... READ MORE

Local author draws on her own childhood

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on January 11, 2021

In Richmond author Meg Medina’s latest children’s book, Evelyn del Rey Is Moving Away, two best friends face the sadness of separation but vow an enduring friendship. Daniela is a light-skinned Cuban American; Evelyn is a darker Cuban African. Their story, their ethnicity and their skin color are at the core of Medina’s mission: to bring to life the experiences of under-represented ... READ MORE

Radio host gives voice to new audiobook

By Robert Friedman
Posted on January 08, 2021

“Afternoon drive host” Nicole Lacroix recently brought Classical WETA listeners Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dance #1. She then spent time in a shoe closet, recording a pandemic mystery novel. All in a day’s work for D.C. native Lacroix, 67, who for the past 20+ years has helped air the classics over WETA, 90.9 FM. She has also just completed... READ MORE

When someone nears a precipice, help

By Bob Levey
Posted on January 07, 2021

When his wife was alive, he was a rock. Government executive. Nonprofit board member. Husband/father/grandfather. Always willing to donate an hour or a dollar to someone in need. But then cancer took her. They had been married for more than 40 years. For a few weeks, he remained a rock: No, thanks, don’t need anything. Yes, going to stay right here in the house. No, won’t change a ... READ MORE

Help is here to start 2021 with a smile

By Dinah Rokach
Posted on January 05, 2021

The Bibliophile Whether it’s an anthology of jokes, a humorous caper or a fun-filled calendar, start 2021 with a clean slate and a good laugh. Is This Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld, 480 pages, Simon & Schuster hardcover, 2020 Comedian Jerry Seinfeld shares his 45-year compilation of routines arranged by decade and topic. No muddling through a memoir, no soul-searching prose. No... READ MORE

A spy reveals her life in disguise

By Robert Friedman
Posted on January 04, 2021

“Don’t look back” — someone is definitely following you. “Use your gut” to choose your next move. Are you being bugged with microphones and cameras in the walls of your office or apartment? “Assume that you are.” As you drive to a crucial meeting with an asset, if you realize you’ll be boxed-in by other vehicles, scoot away. Then, before you duck out of the car,... READ MORE

Women’s Hall of Fame makes up for past

By The Associated Press
Posted on December 23, 2020

“Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin and Nobel laureate and Beloved author Toni Morrison were inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in December as part of a posthumous class of Black honorees that also includes Henrietta Lacks, whose cells were widely used in biomedical research; Barbara Hillary, the first Black woman to travel to both the North and South Poles, and civil rights... READ MORE