Reflections from an Afghanistan veteran

By Joseph Reagan
Posted on November 30, 2021

The past months have been extraordinarily difficult for those with a personal connection to the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. I recently watched a CNN reporter broadcast from a base in Andar, Afghanistan — a base that my soldiers and I built, and the base where I was wounded in 2006. Seeing it on the screen brought back a lot of memories, good and bad. When we first secured Andar we ... READ MORE

A pat on the back

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on October 28, 2021

Each year, we enter a selection of our writers’ original stories in the annual journalism competition held by the North American Mature Publishers Association (NAMPA), the association for newspapers and magazines designed for readers 50 and over. That competition attracts hundreds of submissions every year and is judged by internationally respected faculty at the University of Missouri ... READ MORE

Virtual Expo virtues

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on October 04, 2021

I am partial to fall weather. Because I grew up in Texas, where there is no clear change in season this time of year, I have come to love the sudden crisp morning air with the bright blue skies of fall. But I also have a warm spot for cool autumns because, for more than 20 years, we have hosted annual Expos for our readers at this time. There’s something especially wonderful about... READ MORE

ASA Presents The Legacy Interviews

By American Society on Aging
Posted on September 13, 2021

For more information or future presentations please visit, September 8 | John W. Rowe, MD The Julius B. Richmond Professor of Health Policy and Aging at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Previously, he served as Chairman and CEO of Aetna, Inc., one of the nation's leading healthcare and related benefits organizations. Prior to... READ MORE

Living with lemons

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on August 30, 2021

A surprising (to me) number of readers and friends have been asking me when they will get to hear the new piano compositions I wrote during my recent sabbatical. It had certainly been my intention to record myself playing them and to make the videos available to all on YouTube. It still is, actually. But reality has intervened in the form of a rather painful bad back. My doctor has... READ MORE

Time of Your Life Segment

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on August 25, 2021

Watch this interview of Beacon publisher Stuart Rosenthal by Ethel Rasmussen of the Baltimore County Department of Aging about our upcoming Virtual 50+Expo. The program is airing on Baltimore County Cable. 

Farewell, Cicadaville

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on July 26, 2021

In my last column, which ran in May, I announced I was taking a seven-week sabbatical to see if my old school penchant for composing music for the piano might be something I could return to…you know, when I retire or something. We have frequently encouraged our readers to discover their passions — whether resuming a hobby from youth or learning how to do something completely... READ MORE

Guest columnist

By Howard Gleckman
Posted on July 02, 2021

While our publisher is on a brief sabbatical, in lieu of our regular “From the Publisher” column we will be having guest writers. This month’s guest column is written by Howard Gleckman, a senior fellow at The Urban Institute and president of the Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington. He is the author of Caring for Our Parents. We are beginning to see what may be the... READ MORE

Guest columnist

By Margaret Foster
Posted on May 28, 2021

[While our publisher is on a brief sabbatical, in lieu of our regular “From the Publisher” column we will be having guest writers. This month’s guest column is written by the Beacon’s managing editor.] Old age is a gift. As Mark Twain put it, “Do not complain about growing old. It is a privilege denied to many.” I’m grateful for every wrinkle and insight that comes with... READ MORE

Seniors Today

By Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on May 05, 2021

Beacon Publisher Stuart Rosenthal appears on Montgomery County Government's "Seniors Today" program for May 2021.