| Jan 18, 2013
| 6:59 AM
Way back in the late 1950s, my parents and I frequently went to the movies. On one occasion, we went to the College Theater in Swarthmore, Pa., near our home, to view a film called "Sapphire."
My guess is very few of you, if any, have ever heard of,...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 2:21 PM
John C. "Jake" Smedley, a retired social worker and former Ruxton resident, died Dec. 9 of cancer at his Silver Spring home. He was 91.
John Calvin Smedley was born in Letchworth, England. After the death of his parents, he moved to Beverly Hills, Calif....
| Jun 18, 2013
| 7:28 AM
Alex Brooks started studying Russian because he needed a language class and didn't want to take French.
Spanish class was filled, so the Friends School student settled for Russian.
"I was willing to take a risk with a new alphabet," said Brooks, a...
| Dec 27, 2012
| 3:07 AM
Fulton Elementary School students who demonstrate respectfulness, responsibility and readiness each day are given recognition. One student is selected from each grade to be the "Kid for Character".
The following students were selected for the month of...
| Dec 22, 2012
Harrison Demchick is by his own account an optimist. He doesn't think that human society or our ruling institutions have become irredeemably corrupt. He didn't make one single preparation for this past Friday, when the Mayan calendar came to an abrupt...
| Dec 27, 2012
| 4:58 PM
Jean Pfefferkorn, a Howard County Public Library staff member, posted an online item about a week ago on seasonal affective disorder, which carries symptoms ranging from increased appetite to suicidal thoughts.
Dr. George Groman, a cardiologist at Johns...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 2:45 PM
When Wes Moore swings a sledgehammer, he does it with his whole body, with the easy confidence of someone who's used to manual labor.
It's early on a Saturday morning, and Wes is one of a couple dozen volunteers who have gathered in the Oliver...
| Dec 6, 2012
| 3:48 AM
Our public schools offer such an incredible range of learning activities. One such example is Speech and Debate.
Nationwide, many high schools participate in the National Forensics League Lincoln-Douglas Debates, based on the famous debates between...
| Dec 2, 2012
John F. Muller, an addictions counselor who earlier had been co-owner of a wholesale seafood business, died Nov. 24 from colon cancer at his Middle River home. He was 78.
The son of a Methodist minister and a homemaker, John Frederick Muller was born and...
| Dec 2, 2012
| 2:28 PM
Daniel M. McGuiness, a retired associate professor of writing at Loyola University Maryland who influenced a younger generation of editors and writers, died Nov. 18of Parkinson's disease. He was 69.
"Dan was a born teacher because his way of teaching...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 8:15 AM
Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s column on French economic policy is unfairly critical of a great nation that perhaps has contributed more to the world's culture — in literature, music, philosophy and art — than any other country on earth...
| Dec 7, 2012
| 10:58 AM
When author Margaret Meacham was a little girl, she let her imagination soar while perched high in the branches of a buckeye tree in her family's Pittsburgh backyard.
Now, half a century after those leafy daydreams, the 60-year-old Meacham is a popular...