Increase Indoor Garden Success with Proper Watering

By Melinda Myers Increase Indoor Garden Success with Proper Watering Too much of a good thing can mean death for indoor plants. Overwatering is a good example of this and a common problem for indoor gardeners. For others it’s the opposite extreme, allowing plants to go too dry. Knowing when to water your indoor plants […]

Starting the New Year Right for Your Pets

Starting the New Year Right for Your Pets By Steph Selice We all greet every January with high hopes and the best of intentions, and many of us resolve to ensure this new year will be the best one ever. To rephrase Mark Twain’s famous quote, instead of paving hell with annual good resolutions to […]

January 2020 Pets of the Month

January 2020 Monroe, Senior, Neutered Male, Brown Tabby with White Domestic Short Hair Hello, my name is Monroe. Some of my friends say I’m a very large cat, but I still consider myself lap-sized. Some of my friends also say that I am the most handsome cat they’ve ever met, but I suppose that subjective. […]

Consumption Assumption

By Steve Chaconas Consumption Assumption Blue catfish were introduced into the Potomac River as a gamefish in the 70s and 80s. Capitol Catfishing Captain Jason Kintner operates a year-round trophy catfish charter business. Can you eat blue catfish out of the Potomac River? Yes and not really. The River flows through the District of Columbia, […]

How to Raise Kids with Money Smarts

By Carl Trevisan and Stephen Bearce Parents have a responsibility to teach their children about finances—and that’s true for wealthy families and less affluent families alike. Kids are smart enough to pick up on signals that their family may have more than others. But if the conversation stops at the benefits that money can bring, […]

Our 2019 Road Adventures

By Bob Tagert As is our custom for our January road trip we do a recap of our adventures in 2019. Obviously I can’t write about January 2019 because that was a recap of 2018, so we will start with February: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The drive is only about 2 1/2 hours and takes you […]

On the Road 2019 Recap

The OTC definitely made the rounds in 2019. We wanted to share a few of the highlights with you. It has literally traveled the world and been in pretty much every state in the Union. We look forward to more big adventures in the New Year.

Adulting for the Win

By Lori Welch Brown Adulting for the Win You get to a certain age and you think you’ve got this “adulting” thing down, right?  You’re trucking along, monitoring your credit score, begrudgingly make colonoscopy appointments, take a vitamin or two—heck, you even make your bed on a consistent basis.  Fantastic—you have earned your Adult Badge!  […]

Keep Holiday Plants Looking Their Best

Urban Garden By Melinda Myers Poinsettia and other holiday plants should be kept in a cool, brightly lit location.  Photo credit:  Melinda Myers, LLC Keep Holiday Plants Looking Their Best The holiday season has arrived.  That means you will be on the giving or receiving end of a poinsettia, Christmas cactus, cyclamen, amaryllis or other […]

On the Road-December 2019

The  OTC’s Last Word column writer, Miriam Kramer, took a copy of the publication with her on her trip to Moscow for a Russia-US Municipal conference. While there, she stayed at the historic Metropol Hotel, built in 1905 adjacent to Red Square where this photo was taken in front of St. Basil’s Cathedral. The cathedral […]