Recommended reads from local authors

By: Catherine Brown
Posted on: July 14, 2020

For many of us, the restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have afforded more time to enjoy quieter pastimes like reading. Social distancing has provided extra hours and space to discover new authors, reread old favorites and escape to another time and place. Local author Kathleen Reid, who wrote A Page Out of Life, Paris Match and, more recently, Sunrise in Florence, has... READ MORE

When your best doctor friends retire

By: Bob Levey
Posted on: July 10, 2020

In the wider world, it has been a month of protests, disease and turmoil.  In my world, it has been a month of retirements. In the space of one week, for a variety of reasons, three men born in the 1940s, who have been taking care of me and my family in one way or another for ages, announced that they no longer would. First, one of my (too many) doctors folded his practice, so he... READ MORE

Novels that focus on mature protagonists

By: Dinah Rokach
Posted on: July 09, 2020

The Bibliophile This summer, follow the adventures of characters our own age as the plots twist and turn to their denouement. Akin: A Novel, by Emma Donoghue, 352 pages, Back Bay Books paperback, 2020 Retired chemistry professor Noah Selvaggio is looking forward to spending his 80th birthday on a short visit to his hometown Nice, France.  The widower lives alone in an apartment ... READ MORE

Amateur sleuths uncover buried history

By: Glenda C. Booth
Posted on: July 08, 2020

They find a tiny bead here, a fish bone there, a piece of a chamber pot, a rusty hinge.  The volunteers, many of them retirees, are working side-by-side with professional archaeologists to unearth centuries-old artifacts that reveal threads of history buried in the dirt.    At two former Maryland and Virginia plantations, archaeological research initially focused on the lives of... READ MORE

Moonshine and more for second act

By: Glenda C. Booth
Posted on: June 30, 2020

Peter Ahlf spent 25 years as a rocket scientist at NASA and a private firm, helping design the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station, planning flight missions and more. But it wasn’t until he retired that he started making a kind of rocket fuel. Today, he crafts an award-winning absinthe, a green, anise-flavored spirit.     Ahlf makes 400 bottles a month of the... READ MORE

Shakespeare group adapts to the times

By: Barbara Trainin Blank
Posted on: June 22, 2020

All went well during the regular 2019-2020 season of the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, which included stage productions in its downtown Baltimore theater of Measure for Measure and Hamlet as well as A Christmas Carol.  But this summer, the theater hit a glitch, otherwise known as the pandemic. Normally, the company’s educator program includes both an extensive matinee series, camps, ... READ MORE