NEA Big Read Returns to Annapolis

NEA Big Read Returns to Annapolis By Ellen Moyer For the second time, The National Endowment for the Arts has chosen a community group in Annapolis for a partnership grant in the Big Read Program. The NEA was founded by Congress in 1965 to provide leadership in arts education and to promote projects for artistic […]

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But I Failed High School French!

BUT I FAILED HIGH SCHOOL FRENCH! Learn That Foreign Language Again the Easy Way By Louise Whiteside Did you dread hearing the bell ring, indicating it was time for 11th grade French class? And did you sit there, hoping and praying that the teacher wouldn’t call on you to conjugate a verb? Or, worse yet, […]

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So, You Want to Ride

So, You Want to Ride By Barbara Aiken If you’re reading this I bet you love horses and perhaps rode them as a child. I also bet that taking up riding again, or even for the first time as an adult, could be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. Find yourself a good teaching barn with […]

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So You Want to Start a Book Club

So You Want to Start a Book Club By Beth Schmelzer and Marcia Feliciano Once upon a time there were two good friends who loved to read. Whenever Beth and Marcia got together, their conversations always included a chat about books they were reading, books they had read, books in untidy stacks that they looked […]

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 ROMEOS & JULIETS By Maureen Smith Have you always thought of yourself as a Romeo? Now that you are retired and looking for any and every chance to get out of the house, why not form a Romeo Club? There are hundreds of these fun groups across the country. And how did they come up with […]

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TRY THESE “STAY-YOUNG” TIPS By Penelope Folsom             If like most boomers, you’re in an ongoing battle to stave off the effects and signs of aging, give these tried and true suggestions a whirl and see if you don’t feel better and look better too. 1. Get Moving. How many times have you heard that […]

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PICKLEBALL FOR FUN, FITNESS AND FRIENDSHIP By Joanne R. Alloway             When a former racquetball partner from Texas called and said she was playing pickleball twice a week, I laughed. What on earth is that, I asked? She couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard of it or tried it. She said it was the rage in […]

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Polocrosse: King of the One-Horse Sport

Polocrosse: King of the One-Horse Sport By Betsy Hickok Polocrosse is similar to lacrosse except it may be more fun. It’s played on horseback. Known as the king of the one-horse sports, it’s unlike polo where a player has several horses available to play. In Polocrosse, only one horse can be played by a player […]

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Friendly Debate: the top Five Sailing Destinations on the East Coast

  Friendly Debate: the top Five Sailing Destinations on the East Coast By Vern Penner  If you like to be out on the water in Summer, then Springtime is the time to take off the boat covers and paint the bottom, then launch the boat and run up the sails. It also means another year of […]

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Summer Camp for Grown-ups

Summer Camp for Grown-ups How many years has it been since you attended Summer camp? You know, the kind where you get to sleep over and talk into the wee hours with your camping buddies. Where you can stay up too late, eat s’mores, swim in the lake and take a quiet hike. There’s a […]

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Bees in Your Backyard: A Hobby Full of Sweetness and Light

Bees in Your Backyard: A Hobby Full of Sweetness and Light By Kirsten S. Traynor Have you toyed with the idea of keeping your own honeybee hive? Perhaps you want pollinators for your garden. Or maybe a taste of honey from a local beekeeper stirred a desire to harvest your own. Possibly you’ve heard bees […]

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What Fitness Aid is Best for You?

What Fitness Aid is Best for You? By Leah Lancione Back in the day you only needed a pair of sneakers and an outfit—maybe a pair of running shorts and a tank top or a leotard and exercise tights for your workout. However, these days there’s a plethora of exercise apparel from compression tights, tanks […]

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Who is Punxsutawney Phil?

Who is Punxsutawney Phil? By Leah Lancione The Christmas or Hanukkah decorations are put away and the New Year’s ball already dropped, so what’s next? Valentine’s Day? Presidents’ Day? St. Patty’s? Now, just hold on. Don’t forget about observing Groundhog Day on Feb. 2, though it is not recognized as a federal holiday. Americans either […]

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SCHERENSCHNITTE The Art of Paper cutting

  SCHERENSCHNITTE The Art of Paper cutting By Joan Amundsen Webster’s dictionary defines Scherenschnitte as the art of cutting paper into decorative designs with scissors. Paper cutting began hundreds of years ago in China, but really came into prominence in the 1800s with the German immigrants who came to this country and settled in Pennsylvania. […]

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Old Farmer’s Almanac Predicts Another Cruel Winter

Old Farmer’s Almanac Predicts Another Cruel Winter By Leah Lancione By definition, an almanac records and predicts astronomical events (the rising and setting of the sun, for instance), tides, weather, and other phenomena in relation to time. First published in 1792, the most widely respected and consulted almanac is the Old Farmer’s Almanac, thanks to […]

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Making Up History after the Fact

Making Up History after the Fact By Tom Lloyd Nothing changes faster than the past. It gets rewritten every day. It’s also chock-full of mistakes. We can blame many of these mistakes on an ancient Greek historian named Herodotus. Back in the fifth century B.C., Herodotos wrote that, “Very few things happen at the right […]

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The Oneidas Helped Save Our Revolutionary Army

The Oneidas Helped Save Our Revolutionary Army By Tom Lloyd (No matter where you stand on the name of the Washington Redskins, there can be no question about the noble role the Oneida Indians played in the Revolutionary War.)  If you thought this past Winter was a tough one, you don’t know Winter. In the […]

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Going Nuts

Going Nuts By Ellen Moyer It is September, the ninth month of our calendar year. It was once the seventh month (Sept meant 7) in the ancient Roman calendar. That calendar was revised in 153 BC to add January and February, but the name September the 7th month, now the 9th month, has remained ever […]

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Horse Heritage Trail

Horse Heritage Trail By Ellen Moyer The state’s first Horse Heritage Trail has opened, not in Anne Arundel County where the horse was once supreme, but in Worcester County, which contains Ocean City and Berlin. Berlin is America’s coolest small town with at least a dozen sites where the horse partnered with people to make […]

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Back to School – Now More Fun Than Ever!

Back to school – Now More Fun Than Ever! By Edree Downing           Whether it’s called lifelong learning, adult learning or continuing education, going back to school is a huge opportunity for seniors. There are a vast number of courses offered, whether you want to learn more about a subject or to perfect a skill […]

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