Nora’s Corner

A Ministry of Flowers

There are many pleasurable aspects of my living in the Friends House Retirement Community in Sandy Spring, Md. 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

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Dog-friendly trails capture the attention of Town Courier columnist Nora Caplan, along with Lotus, a black lab owned by her granddaughter. Here Lotus explores Azalea Park in Charlottesville, Va.

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…

Winter is Time for Hygge*

A sign above a book display near the children’s room in the Olney Library reads: “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

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Town Courier columnist, Nora Caplan, signs books at her book launch for “Noni’s Little Problem.”

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, Mo. I had no idea how…

Hiking the Great Wall

You are carrying a walking stick and hiking along an ancient wall in China, built mostly during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), but some parts date back to the Qin Dynasty (221-206 B.C.). You stop briefly for a break. Depending upon…

The Way Branson Was

About 10 years ago I was browsing through the shelves in an airport book store. When I came to the travel section, I suddenly froze in disbelief. In bold type the word “Branson” caught my eyes. I picked up the…