Do you have a tattoo?

By: Bruben

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

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

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

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

My storied life

By: Bruben

One of my clearest memories from childhood is a leaf-crunching fall day in Ohio when the sky was bluer than any color Crayola could conjure. My third-grade teacher taped magazine pictures to the chalkboard and asked us to create a story about one of them. I don’t recall all of the details of what I wrote about, but I do remember the delight of sculpting words into a story.And in a... READ MORE

Make your vote count

By: Stuart Rosenthal

As I write this, we are just weeks away from this year’s potentially momentous elections. For some time now, candi­dates for county and statewide positions, and their support­ers, have been knocking on doors in my neighborhood, sometimes stopping by more than once, to discuss their po­sitions, invite discussion and ask for votes. When they’ve asked me if I have any... READ MORE