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 future of ... 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

Red but not read

By Bruben
Posted on November 16, 2010

Last year, the producers of the movie Red, currently in theaters, wrote to us asking permission to include a copy of the Beacon in a scene from the movie. I was thrilled. The Beacon was going Hollywood.Fast forward to this fall. Despite careful viewing by three of our staff members, we found no sign of the Beacon in the movie unless it’s partially obscured on Bruce Willis’s... READ MORE

Do you have a tattoo?

By Bruben
Posted on November 04, 2010

More than 20 percent of adults between the ages of 40 and 64 have one or more tattoos, according to a Harris poll.For an upcoming story, the Beacon is looking for people age 50 and older in the Washington area who've been inked. What prompted you to get your tattoo? Do you love it, or do you have any regrets?I’d like to hear from you. E-mail Barbara@thebeaconnewspapers.com or ... READ MORE

Going live

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on October 28, 2010

Our website — this website — went "live" a few hours ago. After more than a year of planning, months of designing and deciding, and weeks of tinkering, we are now out and about in the world of cyberspace.Before last night, I had not given much thought to the concept of "going live" as applied to websites. But I get it now.Without belaboring the analogy (no... READ MORE

Author! Author!

By Bruben
Posted on October 28, 2010

Back in 1928 at age 17, my Aunt Sara and a friend stuck out their thumbs on a Cleveland roadside and hitchhiked all the way to Yellowstone National Park. I never would have known about this astounding adventure if a cousin hadn’t unearthed an essay in which my aunt recounted the trip and used an online self-publishing company to transform it into a slim paperback book called Westward... READ MORE

Burn, baby, burn?

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on October 27, 2010

Perhaps you saw (or heard) this news short a few weeks ago: Firefighters responding to an alarm in a rural area of Tennessee’s Obion County stood back and allowed a mobile home to burn to the ground because its owner hadn’t paid an annual $75 fee for fire protection services.But when the fire threatened a neighboring mobile home whose owner had paid the fee, they finally put out ... READ MORE