Historic Ellicott City – A Pleasant Surprise!

By Bob Tagert Historic Ellicott City – A Pleasant Surprise! This month’s Road Trip took us to Ellicott City, Maryland. Unfortunately, over the last five years the biggest publicity that Historic Ellicott City has gotten has been the devastating news of the floods of 2016 and 2018 but one would never know it was so […]

A Brief History of Presidential Pets

A Brief History of Presidential Pets By Aaron Tallent   This Presidents’ Day, we have First Dogs back in the White House since President Joe Biden has brought his two German shepherds, Champ and Major. President Donald Trump was the only Commander in Chief other than James K. Polk to not have presidential pets while […]

Publisher’s Notes February 2021

Publishers Notes February 2021 Here we are into the second month of 2021 and our 33rd year without missing an issue. Some things have changed while some remain the same. We have a new administration running this country while the pandemic is still raging. Hopefully this year will see the end of COVID-19. At least […]

Ziggy Marley on His Father, Reggae and Jamaica

Ziggy Marley on His Father, Reggae and Jamaica By Bob Curley, Caribbean Journal Bob Marley would have been 75 years old this year, and while the reggae legend’s life was tragically cut short, his oldest son, Ziggy, has not only carried on his father’s musical legacy but his quest to make the world a better place, […]

Sentinel of the City

By Harold Heisness Sentinel of the City By day, the George Washington National Masonic Memorial stands as a stately sentinel, overlooking all of Alexandria. Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night – wait – that’s the Postal Service motto!  However, that part applies well to the memorial.  And, like the Postal Service […]

Animals In and Of Service

By Angela Ohm Animals In and Of Service Bomb sniffing dogs may be the first military animal you think of, but you must broaden your horizons to the sky and the sea to get a fuller picture of the animals who serve in our armed forces or are studied by military researchers to discover better […]

The Beauty of the Brow

By Genevieve LeFranc The Beauty of the Brow With an undeniable autumnal tinge in the air comes the reintroduction of all things we love about fall; your favorite pair of boots, that chunky knit scarf, and of course your newly adjusted fall beauty regime. Everything gets a bit bolder as we ease into the colder […]

The Witches Caldron

The Witches Caldron   “Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog” “Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing”   “For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and babble” “Double, double, toil and trouble, Fire burn, and caldron bubble”   William Shakespeare   […]

Publisher’s Notes August 2020

By Bob Tagert I sure am glad that July is over. With a record of over 90 degree days, I am looking forward to a cooler month in August. Hopefully I will be able to get a little sailing in on the beautiful waters around Solomons Island, Maryland. Because of the July heat we decided […]

Exploring Kyrgyzstan’s Tien Shan Mountains: Hiking, Helicopters and Hill Climbing!

Take Photos, Leave Footprints By Scott Dicken Exploring Kyrgyzstan’s Tien Shan Mountains: Hiking, Helicopters and Hill Climbing! Back in 2005 a Russian Mi-8 helicopter crashed on South Inylchek glacier at Khan Tengri Base Camp high in the Tien Shan Mountain Range in Kyrgyzstan. ‘It was about to land,’ my guide told me, pointing at the […]