From The Editor

Baby steps get you there slowly but you still get there

Talking about me, in this column, is like scratching an itch – I just can’t help it. For me, it’s cathartic; helps me relate to you with my nonsense or offer what I think are important issues that are needed to be discussed.


Rick Gray

Cheap virtue

Last Saturday, after a particularly daunting workout at the Y, I treated myself to a hearty breakfast at Cracker Barrel. While waiting for my order, I overheard a fellow at a neighboring table lecturing his waitress on the folly of fast-food workers who had recently staged a one-day strike in favor of a living wage.


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

The phone kept ringing

I had a first-time experience today, when I attempted to call 9-1-1 for a member of our church. I dialed 9-1-1; the phone rang about 15+ times; I hung up; I called the non-emergency line.


Rise and Shine in the Dogpound

Max gets a truce

Hello and welcome to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. We have a bit of good news to report here at the Dogpound, our fish...specifically the Angel fish, have buried the fish hooks [so to speak].


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

What has happened?

While at the gas station last week I had an unfortunate experience, but one I’m sure many of you have witnessed in your lifetime, most especially lately. I pulled into the station, noting that all pumps were taken and took a spot behind a car already at a pump.


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.