Time to advocate

By: Stuart Rosenthal

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

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

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.... READ MORE

We’re all in this together

By: Stuart Rosenthal

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

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

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