Novelist’s unique take on crime

By Robert Friedman
Posted on June 01, 2020

George Pelecanos is the award-winning writer of 21 novels set in and around Washington, D.C. — all researched, he said, “in the street rather than the library.”  Pelecanos, 63, prides himself on prowling mean inner-city streets to get the most accurate descriptions for his crime novels. Lately, though, the resident of Silver Spring, Maryland, has been relegated to the woods of... READ MORE

Feed More delivers much more than food

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on May 13, 2020

Every week, a tractor-trailer full of Perdue frozen chickens arrives at Feed More headquarters near the Diamond.  “We’re the chicken food bank on the East Coast,” quipped Doug Pick, Feed More’s chief executive officer, adding, “and I get a tractor-trailer load of fresh produce per week.”   Thanks to these truck deliveries and other donations, Feed More typically prepares ... READ MORE

Ways to help others from home

By Margaret Foster
Posted on May 05, 2020

A few weeks into the coronavirus quarantine, Laurie Onofrio-Collier, 57, heard about AARP’s new Friendly Voice program, a call center that offers older adults a free, confidential telephone conversation (volunteer@aarp.org, 1-888-281-0145).  “I told my husband about it, and he said, ‘Calling and chatting with people? That sounds like you,’” Onofrio-Collier said,... READ MORE

Keeping calm in Baltimore’s turbulent times

By Margaret Foster
Posted on April 22, 2020

A racing heart, sweaty palms, an incessant urge to check the latest news. It’s normal to feel anxious during the current coronavirus pandemic. Our lives have been disrupted; businesses are shuttered; the stock market has tanked; and no one knows when life will return to normal.  “We’re all having anxiety about the future,” said Dr. Sally Winston, co-founder of the Anxiety... READ MORE

Keeping calm in HoCo’s turbulent times

By Margaret Foster
Posted on April 22, 2020

A racing heart, sweaty palms, an incessant urge to check the latest news. It’s normal to feel anxious during the current coronavirus pandemic. Our lives have been disrupted; businesses are shuttered; the stock market has tanked; and no one knows when life will return to normal.  But there are silver linings to the cloud, according to Indrani Mookerjee, licensed social worker at IME... READ MORE

Keeping calm in Richmond’s turbulent times

By Margaret Foster
Posted on April 08, 2020

A racing heart, sweaty palms, an incessant urge to check the latest news. It’s normal to feel anxious during the current coronavirus pandemic.  Our lives have been disrupted; businesses are shuttered; the stock market has tanked; and no one knows when life will return to normal.  “For people who have always had some underlying anxiety or depression, this [situation] is going to... READ MORE

Keeping calm in D.C.’s turbulent times

By Margaret Foster
Posted on March 31, 2020

A racing heart, sweaty palms, an incessant urge to check the latest news. It’s normal to feel anxious during the current coronavirus pandemic. Our lives have been disrupted; businesses are shuttered; the stock market has tanked; and no one knows when life will return to normal.  “The collective world is developing an anxiety disorder over this [pandemic], and we have to be careful... READ MORE

Bicycling for the health of it

By Robert Friedman
Posted on March 18, 2020

Columbia resident David Zinner will be wearing his knee-length, red-white-and-blue socks on April 21 as he and a group of fellow bikers from Cycle2Health (C2H) pedal to several presidential primary voting sites. “We hope to look a little outrageous so that people will be reminded to get out and vote,” said Zinner, 69, a ride leader for C2H. While the official Howard County primary ... READ MORE

‘Retirees’ are busier than ever

By Simone Ellin
Posted on March 17, 2020

As Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Older adults in Baltimore and beyond are more active than ever, and some are devoting their later years to giving back to their communities. Studies confirm that Americans over 62 are waiting longer than previous generations to retire. What’s more, many who do retire aren’t... READ MORE

Ever-changing artwork, powered by the sun

By Diane York
Posted on March 11, 2020

A friend of mine recently sent me a TED Talks video filmed in Vienna. It displayed gorgeous light studies in vivid shades of green, blue, red and yellow — very fluid, alive and ephemeral. I was amazed to learn they were created from sunlight and that they changed throughout the day following the movement of the earth. I was also surprised to find out that the internationally known... READ MORE