Author: Julie Virnelson

A Senior Moment

The problem with some 18 year olds is that their brain has not yet caught up with their body. The prom was last weekend, and all I can say is that kids didn’t look like that when I was in…

A Fine Day Out

A vacation is a respite, a departure from the worries and stresses of everyday life. Whether it lasts a week, a month or a day, a vacation can be, I believe, more a state of mind than a trip. Family…

Mangia e Bevi: Bravissimo

It is a snowy evening, and Vito Cinquepalmi is busy entertaining his friends. A gracious host, Vito greets each guest with a kind word and an inquiry — from “How was your trip?” to “I have not seen you in…

Incinerator Impact

On Jan. 30, despite high winds and heavy rain, people turned out in droves to voice their opinions on the proposed Frederick County Waste-to-Energy (WTE) incinerator facility before the Frederick County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). The incinerator, which is…

Out of Order

“Why don’t you ever do mine first?” asked Joe, my youngest, absentmindedly watching my morning routine. I was having coffee, pulling out eggs, oatmeal, milk and juice — and simultaneously making lunches. “I’m always last.” He was talking about how…