Paying a debt back with passion

By: Robert Friedman

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

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

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

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

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 there... READ MORE

She shares inspiration online

By: Carol Sorgen

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