Nora’s Corner

A Job Well Done

More than a year ago, I began to notice the tall, thin young man who stood at the corner of Brooke Road and MD 108 in Sandy Spring. Each weekend in all kinds of weather, he waved a vertical sign…

Flying Kangaroos and Penguins

After a three-hour delay at BWI Airport and a six-hour flight across the continental USA, our plane finally touched down in Los Angeles. We were tired and eager to deplane. But the pilot announced over the intercom that air traffic…

Rare Treats — Toy Theaters

The young audience is seated on the floor, mesmerized by a row of Christmas tree lights that replicate footlights beneath a miniature stage. Two adults (the puppeteers) are seated on either side of what is called a “penny theater.” As…

Wings of Wonder

Just beyond my patio garden there is an abelia bush that is bursting with pale pink blossoms. This year it is especially eye-catching because of a host of yellow and black swallowtail butterflies that flutter, dip for a moment into…

Being Dr. Stonestreet

In appearance, Clarence Hickey in no way resembles the historic personage he reenacts — the legendary 19th century physician Dr. Edward E. Stonestreet of Rockville, Md. The famous doctor had mutton chop whiskers, a receding hairline and a serious gaze.…

The Fourth of July at Half-A-Hill

It was July 4, 1935, in southwestern Missouri. The restaurant/nightclub my parents owned, called Half-A-Hill, was five miles south of Springfield, “the heart of the Ozarks.” Motorists heading toward Branson, Mo., (in those days, it was a tiny center for…

Small Blessings

I became intrigued the moment I heard about small dresses made from pillowcases, sent as gifts for little girls in Third World countries. I obtained a few color photos of the dresses from Jessica Disney, a volunteer for this church-sponsored…

Honors Long Overdue

I’ve only met a few “living legends” during my life. William T. Fauntroy Jr., one of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen and a Congressional Gold Medal of Honor recipient, is one of them. Consequently, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to hear…