Nora’s Corner

Michelle in Two Worlds

Eavesdropping can sometimes be productive. Not long ago I overheard a brief conversation between a staff member at my favorite bakery and a customer I’d never seen there before. It had to do with books. The two mentioned a writer,…

Nora’s Corner: Accommodating Needs

I learned some time ago that it’s unproductive to complain about what one can no longer do for a number of reasons — aging, infirmities, disabilities. I try to find a solution to the problem that satisfies me. It may…

Honoring Mr. Lincoln

I’ve been a fan of Abraham Lincoln for as long as I can remember. Probably, though, my love and admiration for him really took hold after I read Carl Sandburg’s poetic, monumental biography of Lincoln in my late teens. Years…

Family Album — My Mother

My first memory of Mother was her singing “All the Pretty Little Horses” to me at bedtime. We were upstairs in our living quarters above Half-A-Hill T House, my parents’ restaurant/nightclub near Springfield, Mo. I can remember a tune like…

Exploring The Adventure Park

Sherwood Forest is alive and well at The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School. You won’t encounter Robin and his merry men, but children ages 8 and up, teenagers, adults and many seniors can maneuver through the old trees…

Bon Appetit Sandy Spring

Several times each week I stop at my favorite business, The French Confection, in Sandy Spring, Md. I usually have a ham sandwich on a mini-baguette, a mug of chocolate macadamia nut coffee, and a walnut chocolate chip cookie. I…

Traveling Alone

You’re here by yourself?” a fellow traveler asked me on a recent cruise I took from Baltimore  to Halifax, Nova Scotia. “Yes, indeed. I’ve been traveling by myself for a long time,” I reassured him. “I can go where and…

Savoring Steinbeck Country

Ever since I read “John Steinbeck: A Writer” by Jay Parini, I’ve longed to visit his literary landscape of Monterey County, Calif. I’ve yearned to see Cannery Row in Monterey, Monterey Bay, and especially Salinas, Calif., Steinbeck’s birthplace and now…