Nora’s Corner

A Ministry of Flowers

There are many pleasurable aspects of my living in the Friends House Retirement Community in Sandy Spring, Maryland. But the one I especially appreciate is the way fresh flowers appear regularly in unique arrangements for the library and a nook…

Dog-Friendly Trails

Photo | Hope Caplan

Lotus, a black Lab, enjoys walking the trail in Azalea Park in Charlottesville, Virginia.

I don’t have a dog, but I love my family’s canine members—Lilly, a Golden Retriever, and Lotus, a black Lab. Perhaps this is the reason I was attracted to a particular guidebook displayed in the California Welcome Center in El…

The Great Man Still Abides

It may rank as only seventh in the “List of America’s Favorite Architecture,” but the Lincoln Memorial is the most memorable to me. Seeing its unearthly beauty, especially at night with its image shimmering in the Reflecting Pool and Lincoln’s…

Time for HYGGE*

A sign above a book display near the Children’s Room in the Olney Library read, “Hygge with a Good Book.” I thought, “Oh, no, not another new acronym I’m supposed to know and I don’t.” Then I noticed another sign…

A Santa Saga

Santa Claus was almost Gospel truth in my family. All the questions about him that occurred to me over my early years just hung out there in the blue unknown for my first eight or nine years. I kept these…

A ‘Roots’ Book Launch

If it takes a village to raise a child, it took all my remaining family in Missouri to help me launch my recently published children’s book, “Noni’s Little Problem,” in its setting of Springfield, Missouri. I had no idea of…

Productive Time Spent Waiting in Line

Waiting in line isn’t my favorite pastime, especially when I’m pressed for time. My composure is severely tested when I see several cashiers and a manager trying to help solve one customer’s problem while the line of waiting customers grows…

Creating ‘Noni’s Little Problem’

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By Nora Hickman Caplan, “Noni’s Little Problem” for middle-grade readers explores issues of weight and bullying, offering readers sympathy and encouragement.

The first glimmer of an idea for my book came from Diane Dorney, the founder of what was then called “The Kentlands Town Crier.” The early articles I submitted seemed awkward; I wasn’t comfortable about my writing. I hadn’t yet…

A Destination Wedding at 8,200 Feet

Last fall, I received the “save the date” notice of my second grandson’s and his fiancee’s wedding to be held in Vail, Colorado, in June 2014. It is a familiar place to the bridal pair who live in Denver and…