Why a virtual Expo?

By: Stuart P Rosenthal
Posted on: December 01, 2020

  They say human beings are “social animals,” and that deprived of human contact, we wither away. But what are we to do in an age when social distancing can be a matter of life and death? Fortunately, we humans are also highly creative and resourceful, so there are many answers to that question: We hold FaceTime or Zoom conversations, virtual events, and small-scale, outdoor... READ MORE

Appreciating talent

By: Stuart P Rosenthal
Posted on: December 01, 2020

First, I want to congratulate again the winners of our Celebration of the Arts amateur art competition. You may recall we announced their names in our June issue. This month, we are pleased to provide a special pull-out section with images of their winning artworks and brief profiles of all the winners. I hope you enjoy reading about the sources of their creative sparks and find their... READ MORE

The choice is ours

By: Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on: October 05, 2020

Generally, whatever the situation, we like knowing we have choices in life. Being boxed in, having no alternative, being forced into a decision doesn’t feel good. We want to be in control. That applies to nearly every aspect of life — what to eat, what to wear, what to spend our time on — at every stage of life, from the terrible twos, into adolescence, and throughout... READ MORE

Seizing an opportunity

By: Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on: August 18, 2020

I’ve never been one to keep a daily journal or diary. I do find myself wishing sometimes that I had done so in the past, but not enough to get myself to start keeping one now. However, there have been a few days in my life when I have had such a meaningful (or traumatic) experience that I feel compelled to write down what happened and how I felt. The other day, I was looking for a... READ MORE

Reader snapshots

By: Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on: July 21, 2020

A couple of months ago, I shared some insights that we learned from hundreds of readers who answered our survey asking how the pandemic has affected them. We followed that up with another survey, asking readers more about who they are, what their future plans are, and what they think of the Beacon and our advertisers. This type of information is especially valuable to us, both so we know ... READ MORE

Guest column: Wake-up call

By: Tim Cox
Posted on: June 17, 2020

Editor’s Note: The following guest column is by Timothy Cox, one of our contributing writers. Mr. Cox has written for Gannett and Scripps-Howard as well as for newspapers in Augusta, Atlanta, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. A member of the National Association of Black Journalists, he has a journalism degree from Point Park University. I vividly recall the spring of 1968. I... READ MORE