Love after 50 still going strong

By Connie George
Posted on February 13, 2012

Love and romance are such ageless, timeless concepts that even some primitive cave drawings have been found depicting courtship and the connection of hearts.Here in the 21st century, those sentiments are as alive as ever and — surprisingly for some — particularly so for the over-50 crowd.Advances in healthcare are keeping our bodies and minds in better shape for longer than ever ... READ MORE

A life filled with shooting stars

By Connie George
Posted on January 16, 2012

Bill Kobrin spent several hours snapping pictures of Marilyn Monroe in her underwear one steamy summer night, but had no idea it was going to make him famous.The photographer responsible for Monroe’s most iconic image — standing atop a breezy subway tunnel vent with her skirt billowing up above her panties — recently reflected on a 60-year career that began with pictures... READ MORE

Going, going, gone at auction

By Barbara Ruben
Posted on January 09, 2012

In 1963, Enid Liess was on the hunt for a piece of artwork to punch up her new apartment. At a fundraising auction at her temple, the bidding went past her budget for a modern art painting that caught her eye.But a friend stepped in to make the winning bid of $27.50 for the painting called “The Statesman” — which resembled a Cubist George Washington wearing a sideways... READ MORE

Paying a debt back with passion

By Robert Friedman
Posted on January 02, 2012

When asked why he is involved in so many volunteer endeavors, Howard County’s 2011 Volunteer of the Year, Jacques Fein, replies simply, “I was saved by strangers. I am forever grateful.”A resident of Elkridge since 1970, and now 73 years old, Fein spent much of his early childhood hiding from the Nazis in France.His parents, Rojza and Szmul Karpik, had immigrated to France ... READ MORE

Crafting a new career in politics

By Carol Sorgen
Posted on December 26, 2011

Wendy Rosen is “completely surprised” at how her life has evolved over the past three decades. In her 57 years, the former graphic designer-turned advertising executive-turned successful business owner has, along the way, also become a publisher, the founder of a trade association — and now a candidate for a U.S. Congressional seat from Maryland’s First District.It... READ MORE

Robert Duvall’s Virginia roots

By Bob Brown and Bill Lohmann
Posted on December 01, 2011

The familiar figure walked into the living room of his home in The Plains, a small town just off Route 66 in Fauquier County, Va., wearing a navy-blue shirt, blue jeans and cowboy boots.He greeted a pair of strangers with the sort of geniality most of us reserve for people we actually know. “What’s up! Good to see you!” he said. “Bobby Duvall. How are you?”In a ... READ MORE

Pinball wizard comes to Baltimore

By Carol Sorgen
Posted on November 18, 2011

David Silverman found his life’s passion when he was just 4 years old. On a family vacation in upstate New York, Silverman’s father gave him a handful of nickels to play the pinball machines.“In New York City, where we lived, pinball machines were outlawed, so I had never seen one before,” the now-63-year-old landscape designer recalled. But all it took was those few ... READ MORE

Concerts give amateurs an outlet

By Charles Downey
Posted on November 01, 2011

In years past, before the Internet or even television, people used to play musical instruments at home to entertain themselves and their friends. Today, few play chamber music together as a family, and even the piano that used to have a place of honor in the salon or living room of most homes has largely disappeared — perhaps replaced by an electronic keyboard or Guitar Hero. But... READ MORE

She shares inspiration online

By Carol Sorgen
Posted on October 14, 2011

If Suzanne Molino Singleton can bring a knowing smile, a sentimental tear or a nod of recognition to just one of her readers, she counts her day as a success. That’s the motivation that led her to begin SNIPPETS — an inspirational weekly column, written in a think-out-loud style, designed for women (though men are welcome readers, too).Where is it published? In cyberspace. That... READ MORE

It’s time to get vaccinated against the flu

By Lauran Neergaard
Posted on October 14, 2011

It’s flu vaccine time again — and some lucky shot-seekers will find that the needle has nearly disappeared.The first flu shot that works with a less-scary skin prick instead of an inch-long needle is hitting the market this fall. Sorry kids, this option so far is just for adults, and it’s so brand-new that it will take some searching to find a dose.But there are plenty of... READ MORE