From The Editor

Bowlers, Bowling, Building

It can be difficult sometimes to find and write good history pieces, even here in one of the historic places on this continent. The problem being getting it right. It can be tough to do the research and find the words that factually describe the event.


Rick Gray

Thinking clearly about ISIS

This week, while America’s media obsess over Roger Goodell’s increasingly shaky tenure as NFL Commissioner, President Obama is preparing to involve this country in yet another, far-from-promising adventure in the Middle East.


Charlie Todd

Winning the election by a hair

In this space last May, we mentioned 26 potential candidates for the Republican nominee, one of whom will in all likelihood face Barack Obama in the Presidential election this fall. Of those named, all 26 are still alive and perhaps interested in the nomination, which may not be determined before the party’s Tampa convention in August.


Rep. Randy Forbes

Back to school

I almost always had first-day jitters. I remember my mom walking me to the door, handing me my lunch bag and kneeling down to kiss me on my forehead as I stepped out of the house and towards a new school year.


Michelle Collins-Robinson

Is it real or is it Memorex?

In 1972, Memorex launched a campaign “Is it live or is it Memorex?” this campaign eventually became “Is it real or is it Memorex?”


Lt. Pete Hypes

A new hip

Around March or April of this year, I began to experience some upper left leg pain. I thought that I might have pulled a thigh muscle or a groin muscle. I felt sure that the pain would subside in a week or two, but it did not.


Rise and Shine in the Dogpound

Max really sticks his foot into it

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I must admit that Max really stuck his foot into it this week.


Dr. Todd Reynolds

The challenge of icing ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease and Charcot disease is a degenerative and progressive disease of the nerve and muscle systems. It was first described by Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot, a French neurologist and professor of anatomical pathology in 1869.


Gardening With Gita

This “ghost” is full of fire

Just as spring fever was at its peak this growing season, when I mentioned to our son, who likes to grow hot peppers on the deck of his DC home, that I have purchased one called Ghost Pepper, basically because I liked the looks of the plant, his immediate response was that in case I didn’t know, it is the hottest pepper on earth.


Leigh Burke

Age is just a number

There is often a common theme in my articles and that is that age is just a number. I was thinking about the article for this month and, once again, how I was going to convey this message. I was thinking about what the indicators were that triggered someone to think someone is “old.”


Gena Lashley

You aren't perfect

As I sit here writing this, the morning air has that wonderfully crisp bite floating through it; my morning coffee comforts me a bit more than usual, and the children had to wear jackets while out waiting for the school bus. I do believe that autumn is on its way.


Anthony Barnes

Menopause and weight gain in the midsection

Question of the Month: I expected to gain weight during menopause but I didn’t think that most of it would be in my midsection. This is not where I usually put on weight. Is there a reason for this?


John Hall

The accidental journalist decides to take a break

My high school English teachers would certainly be amazed by my positive (I think?) contributions to this newspaper over the last three years. It has been a great deal of fun, and I must admit I have at times enjoyed those 15 seconds of fame.


Dr. Robert Owens

Can you see the vision?

A very impressive teacher once told me, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” This has stuck with me for more than 30 years. From that day forward, I’ve made planning an important part of everything I do. I take it so seriously I plan to be spontaneous.