A second chance behind bars

By Margaret Foster
Posted on November 06, 2023

Neil Roland’s students aren’t your average college kids. Instead of dorm rooms, they live in prison cells. Roland, 71, has tutored incarcerated people for eight years, starting at a maximum-security prison in Jessup, Maryland. Today, the Silver Spring resident teaches world affairs at the District of Columbia Jail through Georgetown University’s Prison Scholars, a program of its... READ MORE

From standup to news anchor

By Margaret Foster
Posted on October 02, 2023

Some people enjoy a challenge. News anchor Tony Perkins — who started his career in standup comedy — is one of them. The first time he stepped on stage at a comedy club 40 years ago, the crowd erupted in laughter and applause. But the second time was another story. “I went back two weeks later with all new material and bombed,” Perkins, now 64, recalled in an interview with... READ MORE

Retired admiral tells her story

By Robert Friedman
Posted on September 19, 2023

Sandra “Sandy” Stosz, 63, fondly recalls her “tomboy years” in Ellicott City before joining the U.S. Coast Guard, working her way up to commanding vessels and becoming the first woman to be in charge of a U.S. military academy. Newsweek named Stosz one of the 150 Women Who Shake the World in 2012 — six years before she made history by being appointed superintendent of the U.S.... READ MORE

Elevating new writers over 50

By Laura Melamed
Posted on September 18, 2023

Did you know Baltimore is home to the only national literary journal and press dedicated to writers over 50? Launched more than 30 years ago, the journal Passager was the brainchild of Baltimore writing instructor Kendra Kopelke. Then 28 years old, Kopelke was inspired to launch Passager while teaching older writers at the Waxter Center, a senior center in Baltimore City. Their work ... READ MORE

Elders take action on climate

By Barbara Ruben
Posted on September 05, 2023

Leslie Wharton is a self-proclaimed introvert, too shy in college to go to Vietnam protests. Although she went on to a long career as a law firm litigator and at the Securities and Exchange Commission, she never pictured herself as an activist. But when Wharton, now 72 and living in Bethesda, Md., took a sabbatical in 2007, she started reading about climate change and began to look... READ MORE

Enjoy being a student again — Howard County Edition

By Margaret Foster
Posted on August 21, 2023

As the kids go back to school this fall, you can almost smell those new pencils and feel the excitement of learning something new. Many older adults in Howard County return to school this time of year, too. Hundreds of classes in our area are affordable or even free for older adults, and they’re available online or in person. Lifelong students say these classes introduce... READ MORE

Enjoy being a student again — Baltimore Edition

By Margaret Foster
Posted on August 21, 2023

As the kids go back to school this fall, you can almost smell those new pencils and feel the excitement of learning something new. Many older adults in Baltimore return to school this time of year, too. Hundreds of classes in our area are affordable or even free for older adults, and they’re available online or in person. Lifelong students say these classes introduce them to new... READ MORE

‘Big Tree Man’ branches out

By Margaret Foster
Posted on July 31, 2023

Do you have a favorite tree? Joe Howard, known as the “Big Tree Man,” does. Howard, 93, leads popular “tree tours” several times a year, giving the public a close-up look at some of the biggest, oldest trees in Montgomery County, Maryland. For example, he gives his groups a peek at the “triple-trunk tulip,” a massive tulip tree with three trunks, located on private... READ MORE

Running a gym is a family affair

By Tony Glaros
Posted on July 18, 2023

The prospect of owning a small business presented a tantalizing world of opportunities for the Zahor family. So, this spring, wielding a plan — eyes wide open — they stepped into the arena and bought an existing Fitness Together franchise not far from their home in Ellicott City. The Denver-based company, which specializes in personal fitness training conducted in private studios,... READ MORE

Put your lips together and blow

By Robert Friedman
Posted on July 17, 2023

Janice Ford, 70, a retired Baltimore and Howard County public school art teacher, spends one or two afternoons each week glassblowing at McFadden Art Glass, located just off I-95 in East Baltimore. “I found out that age does not limit you at all,” she said. “Extraordinary strength is not needed for blowing glass through a metal tube.” All that is needed, Ford said, “is the... READ MORE