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

Tooting our horn

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on February 17, 2011

Recently, the North American Mature Publishers Association presented its annual journalism awards.I am pleased to say the Baltimore Beacon once again won top honors for papers in the 50,001-100,000 circulation category. And the Washington Beacon, produced by our same staff, fared similarly for publications in the 100,000-plus circulation category.Both publications took Best of Show honors... READ MORE

Breaking barriers

By Bruben
Posted on February 09, 2011

The ABC drama “Brothers & Sisters” revolves around a widow played by Sally Field and her five grown children, in whose lives she meddles incessantly. The series broke new ground last year when the 70-year-old character who plays Field’s brother was diagnosed with HIV.Saul, played by Ron Rifkin, is gay and came out of the closet only a few years back. In an episode last ... READ MORE

Power of the people

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on February 08, 2011

I have great news: It looks like any potential plans to dissolve the Maryland Department of Aging have been dropped, at least for now.As many of you know, last month the Beacon helped promote a grassroots campaign to urge Governor Martin O’Malley not to dismantle the Maryland Department of Aging or distribute its programs to other state agencies in an attempt to cut costs.In... READ MORE

Memory lane

By Bruben
Posted on January 11, 2011

Did you serve in World War II, Korea or Vietnam? How did you meet your spouse? Did you love to shop at Woodies in Washington or Hutzler’s in Baltimore?The Beacon’s website now has a new place to share your reminiscences. You can post your memories of days gone by in our new “I Remember When…” forum. Our first contributor, who is 92 years old, shared his... READ MORE

Time to advocate

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on December 27, 2010

This is a first for me. In all the years we’ve been publishing the Beacon, I don’t recall ever asking readers to take a specific step in support of a particular cause.But today I am.In part, it’s because I believe this is a very important cause. But it’s also in part because I want to see for myself if grassroots advocacy efforts can work.The issue concerns the... READ MORE

Eye of the beholder

By Bruben
Posted on December 23, 2010

Do you color your hair to cover up the gray? Worry about your receding hairline? Have you ever considered getting a tattoo?Coincidentally, both the current Baltimore and Washington editions of the Beacon focus on people who are refining their image as they age — as well as those who are embracing their looks just the way they are.To see how some Baltimoreans are making some... READ MORE

Eat, drink and be merry

By Bruben
Posted on December 13, 2010

Yesterday afternoon, I pulled the tattered recipe for gingersnaps out of recipe box that had once belonged to my mother. Gingersnaps are a holiday treat we made each year growing up, and baking them every December continues as a tradition with my own daughter. As a child, I learned the meaning of the phrase “slow as molasses” while pouring a quarter cup out for the cookies. Little... READ MORE

We’re all in this together

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on November 22, 2010

The number of older Americans is increasing at a far more rapid rate than previously due to rising longevity and the aging of the 78 million baby boomers (now starting to turn 65).At the same time, our struggling economy and persistent joblessness are threatening the quality of life of Americans in general.Both of these factors portend tremendous effects on Social Security and Medicare, not ... READ MORE

Back from Branson

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on November 17, 2010

There are a number of observations I could share with you about my recent trip to the “Live Music Capital of the World” (a.k.a. Branson, Missouri) for a national newspaper convention.But the main news I’d like to share here is that I came back from Branson loaded down with 20 awards for writing, photography and general excellence that the Beacon won in the 2010 national... READ MORE