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Features

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Putting on a show for charity

Baltimore has many nicknames, including the “city of firsts,” with such claims to fame as the first professional sports organization in the United States (Maryland Jockey Club, 1743) and “America’s Oldest Little Theatre” (Vagabond Players, 1916...

Area comics live for the laughter

Stand-up comedian Jeff Hysen is at D.C. Improv performing a short routine on an open mic night. “I’m the oldest comedian of the evening,” begins the 58-year-old attorney from Silver Spring, Md. “I had a show recently, and before it began the...

Technology & Innovations

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Your phone can safely become a wallet

Smartphones have replaced lots of other accessories — cameras, flashlights, calculators. But many people are still reluctant to swap the wallets in their pockets for their digital counterparts. A key reason consumers are hesitant to use mobile...

Are your appliances eavesdropping?

Alexa, are you spying on me? It’s a fair question in light of attempts by authorities investigating the slaying of an Arkansas man to obtain voice recordings collected by an Amazon Echo speaker and its Alexa digital assistant. Echo is a “smart...

Fitness & Health

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Heart study seeks healthy volunteers

Resveratrol is a compound found in the leaves and skin of grapes, in peanuts, and in the roots of the Japanese knotweed plant. It became popularly known in the 1990s, when researchers began to suspect that resveratrol may be the major reason for the...

Games, crafts may help prevent dementia

Even in your 70s and beyond, simple activities — including web-surfing, playing bridge and socializing — can stave off mental decline, new research says. Benefits were greatest in computer users and in those without a gene variation linked with...

Law & Money

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What to expect from your bonds this year

The safest part of your 401(k) isn’t as safe as it used to be. But there’s still nothing safer, fund managers say. Investors have long taken comfort in the steady returns their bond funds have provided, particularly when stocks go on another of...

Thinking about retirement? What to expect

We spend decades dreaming of the day when life won’t be dictated by alarm clocks, commute times, meeting schedules and office politics. Then reality sets in: Retirement can be kind of a drag. And there may be 20-plus years of it ahead of you....

Leisure & Travel

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Getting lost in Venice, for the fun of it

Venice is an old city. The water-logged foundations date back to the 11th century. The newer building facades are as recent as the 15th. So many buildings were stripped of paint and plaster on both sides of a small alleyway that I expected them...

A visit to Pittsburgh: food, art and Fences

If you’re planning a trip to Pittsburgh, you’ll need to learn a few things first. Yinz is local for y’all. Carnegie is pronounced Car-NAY-gie (as in Andrew Carnegie, who made a fortune in Pittsburgh’s steel industry, and whose name adorns libraries...

Arts & Style

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Dance with grace comes from experience

Their legs may not extend as high or their pliés be as deep, but older dancers bring a depth to their performance that younger dancers cannot. That’s the view of Torens Johnson, producer of this year’s “Ageless Grace” dance concert, to be held...

Funny? Serious? 'Well' is hard to describe

Well, now. How to describe Well — the quirky, perspective-shifting, serio-comic play from New York actor and writer Lisa Kron? That, as they say in the theater, is the question. What you see at 1st Stage, a non-profit theater in Tysons, Va., may...

Careers & Volunteers

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Montgomery County volunteers honored

Dr. Miriam Kelty has kept very busy post-retirement — to say the least. The career psychologist and researcher now spends most of her time volunteering — from sitting on various committees and boards, to chairing organizations, teaching ethics,...

Retirees can consult pro bono and for pay

When Community Ministries of Rockville began putting together a housing proposal for very low income families, it turned to the Montgomery County Volunteer Center’s Pro Bono Consultant Program for an experienced consultant.

Housing Options

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Facing foreclosure? Don’t delay; get help

The idea of foreclosure — losing your home because of a delinquent payment (even just one day late) — can be scary and daunting for anyone. It can be particularly intimidating for those who do not have the means to hire an attorney to guide them...

Options for affordable local housing

After her husband passed away, Brenda Smith (not her real name) was “financially caught off guard” by her suddenly reduced income, and could no longer afford to live on her own. She moved in with her daughter, and immediately began looking for...

Reader Submissions

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UNDERSTANDING ABSTRACT ART: A Personal Exploration for the General Public

  What is Abstract Art?        Have you ever wondered what in the world the artist was thinking when s/he created this piece of artwork?  Does it have any meaning at all?  To me, sometimes it looks like...

Surviving

Survivorship is more than a construct.  Psychologically and emotionally, it is a double-edged sword. Simplistically, its components are reactive to circumstances occurring in our lives. There may be one event or a situation in which many events...