A moving experience

By Bruben
Posted on August 24, 2011

Washington and Baltimore-area residents felt the Earth move on August 23, an unsettling sensation and, hopefully, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.Just in case there’s a next time, take a look at this fact sheet from the Red Cross about how to prepare for and what to do in case of an earthquake. I was surprised to see that taking refuge in a doorway is not recommended.But as Hurricane... READ MORE

Coming to our census

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on August 05, 2011

I’ve long been on record as objecting to the use of terms like Age Wave, Senior Tsunami and the like to describe the demographic changes occurring across America (and, indeed, the world). I take issue with such terminology because it suggests the aging of our population will be a sudden and destructive event, and it is neither. No wave will come crashing down on us unexpectedly one day;... READ MORE

Cool summer reading

By Bruben
Posted on July 22, 2011

One is a business executive who helped save a historic town from being wiped off the map, while the other has had a varied career in dance, television news reporting and acting.Charles Wagandt, who preserved the town of Oella on the Baltimore/Howard County line, and Maria Broom, who guest starred in the TV series “The Wire” and is currently teaching dance to Baltimore kids,... READ MORE

On being misunderstood

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on July 15, 2011

I truly look forward to receiving letters and emails from readers. I value your comments and suggestions, and am eager to hear what you think.That’s really how the Beacon has grown and changed over the years: by trying to address the needs and interests of readers and incorporate their recommendations.I always like to tell how, within hours of our very first issue hitting the streets... READ MORE

Can we all come out ahead?

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on June 24, 2011

Most of us who have held jobs at one time or another have contributed to both Social Security and Medicare out of every paycheck. So let me ask you a question.Do you think of Social Security and Medicare as an “investment,” like stocks or bonds in your portfolio? That is, do you consider yourself to have invested a percentage of your paycheck, throughout your working life, in... READ MORE

Stories of the century

By Bruben
Posted on June 08, 2011

Imagine being born in a time when horses clip-clopped down city streets and fewer than 5 percent of American homes were lit using electricity. Theodore Roosevelt resided in the White House, and Harry Houdini astounded crowds with his feats.Just days after Lois Leyda was born on July 19, 1903, the Ford Motor Company sold its first Model A car. At the end of the year, the Wright Brothers made ... READ MORE

Is it so terribly strange to be 70?

By Bruben
Posted on May 25, 2011

Bob Dylan turned 70 yesterday. Fresh from playing concerts in China and Taiwan, he’ll jet on to Ireland, England, Israel, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark and Norway — and that’s just in June alone.I heard strains of his Fourth of July concert last year while he played in a sold-out outdoor amphitheater in Limerick, Ireland. As I stood across the Shannon River from the ... READ MORE

In fund we trust — not

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on May 15, 2011

In my column last month, I wrote about the federal budget deficit and touched on the role Social Security and its so-called trust fund play. I know from a number of groups I’ve spoken to that many of you still trust in that trust fund and feel that Social Security will remain solvent for years as a result of it. There wasn’t space in my column last month to elaborate on why I... READ MORE

Up in smoke?

By Bruben
Posted on April 01, 2011

The current cover story in our Baltimore issue focuses on the issue of legalizing medical marijuana in Maryland. When we reported the story, legislators in the General Assembly were grappling with whether Maryland should become the 16th state (plus the District of Columbia) to legalize dispensing of marijuana for such serious medical conditions as cancer or glaucoma.Since the issue was... READ MORE

Shingles belong on the roof

By Bruben
Posted on March 25, 2011

It seemed at first as if a small insect were flapping its wings under the skin of my forehead. Over the next two days, that odd, feathery, tingling sensation transformed into a torrent of pain that extended from my scalp into my brain. Yet there wasn’t a single outward sign of whatever was going on inside.Still, before I could even finish describing the trajectory of my symptoms, my... READ MORE