Finding a job takes pluck, luck

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: November 19, 2010

When Andrew Der lost his job nearly two years ago, he was, understandably, devastated. "I'd been working professionally for 25 years," said the former director of environmental services for a consulting company in Shady Grove. "I felt horrible."After the initial shock and blow to his ego wore off, Der, then 55, didn't worry too much about finding another... READ MORE

Do-it-yourself publishing arrives

By: Barbara Ruben
Posted on: November 01, 2010

The brutal rape and murder of one of his students at George Washington University’s business school haunted Charles Toftoy.Because he couldn’t put the gruesome crime out of his mind, Toftoy wrote a thriller in which a fictional professor and part-time sleuth tries to solve the murders of four Washington, D.C. undergraduates.“I had never thought about writing... READ MORE

Two generations kiss and tell

By: Barbara Ruben
Posted on: October 25, 2010

The first thing Andi Kay does when she gets home from a date is call her mom to dish on the details. Where did they go? Was he cute? Did he kiss her good night?But at 42, Andi is no starry-eyed teenager. She's a divorcee and mother of three. And her mom, Stephanie Kay, also found herself single after a divorce, finally remarrying in her 60s."Andi and I both re-emerged as singles at ... READ MORE

Finding freedom on two wheels

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: October 22, 2010

Ira Loux’s motorcycle mania began in his teens, when he would ride a dirt bike on the back roads surrounding his family’s home in the Poconos. Loux, now 52 and a software consultant living in Baltimore County, said he didn’t ride for many years after that because he didn’t have the financial resources. But about 12 years ago, he decided “I needed a toy... READ MORE

Third career in fourth quarter

By: Barbara Ruben
Posted on: October 02, 2010

After serving for 20 years in the Mary land General Assembly, Gloria Lawlah thought it might be time to retire at 68.“I was quite ready to come home and hit the golf balls,” she recalled of what ended up being a very short-lived hiatus from public service.Just a month later, in February 2007, she was appointed Maryland’s Acting Secretary of Aging — a job made... READ MORE

Druid Hill Park’s 150th birthday

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: October 01, 2010

For many Baltimoreans, Druid Hill Park was virtually their own backyard.In the summer of 1948 when Leona Holly was 15 years old, she would leave her house almost every day for her “second home,” Druid Hill Park. “It was my favorite destination,” the now 76-year-old Baltimore City resident recalled. “When you didn’t have a lot of money, you could always... READ MORE