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

Bridging the generation gap

By Simone Ellin
Posted on December 21, 2020

In 2016, the World Health Organization embarked on an ambitious campaign called the Global Campaign to Combat Ageism. The campaign was necessary, according to the WHO, since “unlike other forms of discrimination, including sexism and racism, [ageism] is socially accepted and usually unchallenged.” Recently, a team of researchers at Cornell University, working on behalf of the... READ MORE

Amateur artists honored by Fifty Plus

By Catherine Brown
Posted on December 09, 2020

From wood sculptures to paintings, artwork from the Richmond area poured into this year’s Celebration of the Arts amateur art competition sponsored by Fifty Plus and its sister publication, the Beacon. Our seven judges, experts in their categories, selected several local artists for honorable mentions. Mixed Media Honorable Mention Cathe Hart Kervan, Mechanicsville, Va. As a child,... READ MORE

Folklore society nourishes African heritage

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on December 08, 2020

At the gateway to the historic black community of Jackson Ward, a light-filled, street-level building is brightened by the colors of Africa: rich reds, yellows and greens. This is the headquarters of the Elegba Folklore Society, a cultural arts organization at 101 East Broad Street, whose mission and outreach are different from other Richmond museums. The society, established 30 years ... READ MORE

A holiday gift: Garden myths debunked

By Lela Martin
Posted on December 08, 2020

As I grew up, my gardening mentor was our elderly next-door neighbor. She instilled in me a love for plants, although I don’t remember any of her aphorisms. However, since I’ve become a Master Gardener, I’ve heard quite a few questionable adages from homeowners and other gardening enthusiasts. Master Gardeners only provide information that has been proven through non-biased... READ MORE

Seeing the shades of gray in politics

By Bob Levey
Posted on December 04, 2020

For better or worse, we will be dissecting the 2020 election results for many months. So, I’d like to dust off my scalpel and dissect a group of voters. For better or worse, I am very familiar with them. Older Americans. We vote more often than any other age group. We give more money to candidates than any other age group. We do phone banking and door-knocking as much as,... READ MORE

New Army Museum opens at Ft. Belvoir

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on December 02, 2020

Washington’s free museum scene gained a major new addition last month when the National Museum of the U.S. Army opened on Veteran’s Day on 84 acres of Fort Belvoir, Virginia, 20 miles south of the D.C area. With a theme of “Service and Sacrifice,” the museum tells the story of the U.S. Army through the eyes — and in some cases, the actual voices — of the more than 30 million... READ MORE

Flutist’s lyrical memoir uplifts

By Catherine Brown
Posted on December 01, 2020

I am no dope I see how my family notes my lapses and losses of appropriate words or a name or the date and it makes me fretful to be forgetful so I try to hide it So begins one of the first poems in Eugenia Zukerman’s book Like Falling Through a Cloud, which her publisher describes as a “lyrical memoir of coping with forgetfulness, confusion and a dreaded... READ MORE

Ideas for gift giving this holiday season

By Dinah Rokach
Posted on December 01, 2020

The Bibliophile A thoughtful gift-giver should consider the interests of the recipient in selecting an appropriate present. Here are several suggestions. All’s Fair in Love and War: The Ultimate Cartoon Book by the World’s Greatest Cartoonists, edited by Bob Eckstein, 144 pages, Princeton Architectural Press hardcover, 2020 This witty and sophisticated anthology of captioned... READ MORE

Linda Ronstadt celebrates Hispanic roots

By Sigal Ratner-Arias
Posted on November 27, 2020

Growing up near the U.S. border in Tucson, Arizona, Linda Ronstadt was exposed to the music and culture of Mexico from an early age. Her father would often sing at their home in Spanish. “I heard Mexican radio my whole life,” the American singer told The Associated Press in a recent phone interview. It’s something that stuck with her even decades after establishing her... READ MORE