Guest column: Wake-up call

By Timothy Cox
Posted on June 17, 2020

Editor’s Note: The following guest column is by Timothy Cox, one of our contributing writers. Mr. Cox has written for Gannett and Scripps-Howard as well as for newspapers in Augusta, Atlanta, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. A member of the National Association of Black Journalists, he has a journalism degree from Point Park University. I vividly recall the spring of 1968. I... READ MORE

What you have told us

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on May 22, 2020

First, a thank-you to the hundreds of readers who have filled out and mailed (or taken online) our “How are you faring?” coronavirus pandemic survey.  For those who have not yet done so, we will continue to collect and tally survey results for a few more weeks. You can reach it through our website home page (see “Attention Readers” at, or go directly to... READ MORE

How are you faring?

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on March 31, 2020

Many of us have lived through some strange and rough times, but I think it’s fair to say, our lives today are unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetimes.  I heard firsthand reports from my parents and grandparents about the difficulties of wartime, and I know those days were in many ways far more difficult — both for those on the front lines and for the families left... READ MORE

Seek, but shall ye find?

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on March 27, 2020

First, I want to start out by admitting I am guilty of the very pet peeve I want to share today. I’m speaking about the classic error of conducting a survey that’s mis-aimed from the outset. The Beacon did such a survey of readers more than 15 years ago. Long-time readers will recall our publication was named “Senior Beacon” at its inception in 1988. In the early 2000s, we... READ MORE

Understood too well?

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on March 02, 2020

We all want to be understood by our close friends and, particularly, by our mates. We want them to know what our preferences are, what we like to eat, with whom we like (and don’t like) to socialize. We want them to remember our birthday, what types of gifts please us, what music we like to listen to at different times of day. These are among the myriad ways in which people who love... READ MORE

Wonder and creativity

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on February 07, 2020

I found myself standing beside a window one chilly morning recently as my thoughts wandered into wondering, as they often do. This time, I was wondering — both wondering about and feeling a sense of wonder — at the early morning sunlight filtering through the window. As I raised the shade to get a better look at the day, I immediately felt an odd sensation: a coldness radiating... READ MORE

Innovative solutions

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on January 01, 2020

I recently attended a national conference that highlighted some of the latest innovations in products and services for older adults. Attendees represented companies large and small, start-ups and long-established brands, as well as associations like AARP and the National Council on the Aging. I came away excited about what I learned, and energized by the creative technologies and... READ MORE

Show your creativity

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on December 03, 2019

Regular readers of the Beacon will recall that we sponsored an amateur art competition for people over 50 last year. Called the Beacon’s “Celebration of the Arts,” it was inspired by moving stories from readers who had either returned to an earlier love of art after years away from it, or developed a passion for it later in life. We wanted to encourage those who have never tried ... READ MORE

Giving thanks

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on October 25, 2019

As we approach the Thanksgiving season, I want to take this opportunity to show thanks for the many blessings we have here at the Beacon. First, we are thankful for our hundreds of thousands of readers. It is for you that we launched the Beacon more than 30 years ago, and for whom our small but dedicated staff works so hard every month — putting out more than 200,000 copies of four... READ MORE

Music, in theory

By Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on September 27, 2019

When I was in grade school, the year nearly always began with writing the same report: “What I did last summer.” It was usually a simple recital of the fun activities (and boring ones) we experienced with our friends and family. I don’t remember ever being asked to draw lessons from the experiences, or even to think seriously about them. But it was grade school, and the point I... READ MORE