Appreciation time

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on October 26, 2012

It’s definitely feeling like fall around here. And with Thanksgiving not far away, autumn always feels like a good time to think about appreciation.I have a number of things to be thankful for this fall, not the least of which is our staff here at the Beacon. And apparently I’m not the only one who thinks they are doing a wonderful job.In the last month, three national newspaper ... READ MORE

Blowing in the wind

By Bruben
Posted on October 19, 2012

In the 1930s, dust clouds roiled a mile high and more than 100 miles wide across the Great Plains, visible on the horizon hours before the black blizzards descended on towns and decimated farms.“It looked like the end of the world,” said Cal Crabill of the wall of dust that would plow into his Colorado farm near the Kansas border. “It looked like a mountain range moving... READ MORE

Must-see TV?

By Bruben
Posted on September 28, 2012

The fall season of TV kicked off in earnest this week, with dozens of new and returning shows vying for couch potatoes everywhere. I must admit with the shorter days and cooler weather, TV can be alluring on fall nights — especially after last parting with your favorite characters on a warm spring evening months before. But the other night I started thinking: Just how many of those... READ MORE

A town hall meeting to promote health reform

By Bruben
Posted on June 12, 2012

The White House convened a “town hall” meeting on June 11 to answer questions about how the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as healthcare reform, is helping seniors.A panel of experts, including Kathy Greenlee, assistant secretary for Aging in the Health and Human Services Dept. and Jonathan Blum, deputy administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services... READ MORE

Maximizing a maxim

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on June 01, 2012

One of the aphorisms I’ve been partial to since childhood says a person should “live each day as if it were your last.”Though I’ve liked and remembered the maxim, I only recently found myself wondering what it really means. Perhaps getting older (and attending more funerals) has started to make the concept more thought provoking to me.On first blush, it sounds... READ MORE

No patience for politics

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on May 23, 2012

It’s been a few years since I attended the national convention of the American Society on Aging, one of the major associations for professionals of all types who work in the field of aging.This year’s event took place in this area, so I went to the opening session to hear the featured speakers. The hotel ballroom was set up for 3,000 convention attendees, with huge screens... READ MORE

Lots of candles

By Barbara Ruben
Posted on April 26, 2012

One of my favorite authors, Anna Quindlen, published a new book this week. Titled Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, the 58-year-old fiction writer and journalist takes a look back at her life. I first read Quindlen when she wrote her “Life in the 30s” column in the New York Times about raising her young kids as a 30-something. Now a chapter of the book is called “Life in the... READ MORE

Some operating instructions for grandparents

By Bruben
Posted on March 20, 2012

Back in 1993, one of my favorite writers, Anne Lamott, published a witty, self-deprecating journal about her son’s first year. Called Operating Instructions, it chronicled her joyful, exhausting days as a single parent with her baby Sam. How time flies. Sam is now 19 and recently became a father himself and Lamott a grandmother. Today a sequel of sorts to that first book was published. ... READ MORE

How ill are we really?

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on March 19, 2012

Having good mental health is probably as important as having good physical health, if not more so. But when our mental health is “not so good,” would most of us call ourselves ill, as in “mentally ill?”Suppose you find it difficult to sleep or lose your appetite for a couple of weeks because you’ve been diagnosed with a serious physical illness or suffered the... READ MORE

A California Beacon

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on February 01, 2012

I am pleased to announce the “birth” of a new Beacon this month. Not exactly a sibling of our Washington, Baltimore and Howard County editions. More of a cousin perhaps.I am referring to the new Coachella Valley Beacon — serving residents 50 and over in Palm Springs, Palm Desert and other cities in California’s Coachella Valley, situated about 100 miles east of... READ MORE