Manage Those Mosquitoes…..

Urban Garden By Melinda Myers Manage Those Mosquitoes….. Don’t let the buzz of mosquitoes keep you indoors. Most mosquitoes are a nuisance, causing rashes and itching but some species can transmit diseases that can make you sick.  Understanding how they breed and spread disease can help you gain the upper hand in the battle against […]

2020:  Year of the Pandemic?  For Me, It’s the Year of Dad

By Lori Welch Brown 2020:  Year of the Pandemic?  For Me, It’s the Year of Dad Pandemic, pandemic, pandemic.  I am tired of all the attention you are getting.  I’d say you are distracting us from what is really important, but in some sort of messed up way, perhaps you have helped us do just […]

June Pets of the Month

Virtual Adoptions at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria start with a Virtual Meet-and-Greet and end with you stopping by our shelter to pick up your new best friend. Every step of the process is completed remotely or at a safe physical distance while helping you welcome a new pet into your family. Learn more […]

The Annual – Oh no, not another tie! – Column

By Steve Chaconas The Annual – Oh no, not another tie! – Column Dude, don’t get Dad another tie! He might wear it…only when you’re in town or when you mention it. He really dreads having to tie one on for you! It’s Father’s Day, put a bit of thought into the gift for the […]

Fairy Houses, Gnome Homes & More

By Bob Tagert Fairy Houses, Gnome Homes & More Annmarie Sculpture Garden – Solomons, Maryland After two months of home confinement, the world is getting a little brighter and if you think the time to get away is at hand, this is a great spring/summer destination. Just like in Alexandria, there are still limited openings […]

Mother Knows Best

Points on Pets By Lisa Velenovsky In China, a new mother cradles her tiny baby constantly, giving her the care and attention a helpless newborn needs. Another mom, this one in Africa, gets a much-needed break when her women’s group watches over her baby while she rests. A hungry mom-to-be in the Pacific is fully […]

Mother’s Day Gifts Sure to Please

Mother’s Day Gifts Sure to Please By Melinda Myers Each year we set aside one day to honor mothers.  And each year we struggle to find the perfect gift to show them we care. Cut flowers are one of the most popular gifts. No dusting and maintenance required, and they are sure to generate a […]

Chasing Happiness aka Not Freaking the F Out

By Lori Welch Brown Chasing Happiness aka Not Freaking the F Out Mom—I sure do miss you.  I can’t believe it’s been 14 years since I was able to hug you or pick up the phone to talk.  And, trust me, I have wanted to talk to you so badly.  This past year has been […]

May Pets of the Month

Virtual adoptions are here at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria! To learn more about meeting your new best friend remotely and the other community services the AWLA is offering while observing best physical distancing practices, visit AlexandriaAnimals.org. Valley Boy, Senior, Male Red-Eared Slider Turtle My shell is about 6 inches wide, and I have the […]

Five Ways to Help Protect Your Family from Fraud

By Carl Trevison and Stephen Bearce Five Ways to Help Protect Your Family from Fraud From listening to music to ordering groceries, almost all aspects of our daily lives are connected to the Internet in some way. Nearly a third of Americans say they’re “almost constantly” online, with 81% using the Internet at least once […]