Nora’s Corner

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…

A Ripple Effect

Learning that the Washington Monument is finally going to reopen May 12 this year brought back a host of my memories of the Aug. 23, 2011 earthquake that severely damaged the monument and the National Cathedral. The quake was so…

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 Route 108 in Sandy Spring. Each weekend in all kinds of weather he waved a vertical sign,…