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 […]

Covidian? …Covidism? …Covidnineteenism?…Coronaism?

By F. Lennox Campello Covidian? …Covidism? …Covidnineteenism?…Coronaism? A couple of months ago I wrote about some help lines for artists as the Coronavirulization of the art world, another victim of the planetary infection in what I now call The Covidian Age, was in full attack. It is now June, and like everything else in the […]

Colored Rosemont – Part Two

Written by ©2020 Sarah Becker Copyright ©2020 Sarah Becker Colored Rosemont – Part Two “Of all the American states, Virginia can lay claim to the most thorough control by an oligarchy,” historian and political scientist V.O. Key, Jr., wrote in 1949.  “Political power has been closely held by a small group of leaders who, themselves […]

A Father Figure

A Father Figure By: Caroline Simpson There is a myriad of females in my family.  Starting with my Mom; she has three sisters.  Out of my ten cousins, there are only two boys, and I am one of two daughters.  I love being from a female-full family.  The girl power factor is unbeatable.  There was […]

“Keep Your Distance and Wash Those Hands!”

“Keep Your Distance and Wash Those Hands!” By Lani Gering This is the first time since I started “helping” David and Bob with the Old Town Crier in November of 1994 that I have felt the need to editorially contribute something other than my normal assignments – ie Profiles, the Harbor section, etc. I have […]