Nora’s Corner

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,…

Flying Kangaroos and Penguins

After a three-hour delay at BWI Airport and a six-hour flight across the continental U.S., our plane finally touched down at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). We were tired and eager to deplane. But the pilot announced over the intercom…

Kitchen Tales

My mother was our family storyteller. Since she was born in the mid-1880s and didn’t have me until she was in her mid 40s, she had direct connections to family members who traveled in an ox-drawn covered wagon from New…

Rare Treats — Toy Theaters

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Volunteers Maureen Green (pictured left) and Linda Eisenhut provide a rare treat for children at Quince Orchard Library.

The young audience is seated on the floor, mesmerized by a row of Christmas tree lights that replicate footlights beneath a miniature stage. Two adults (the puppeteers) are seated on either side of what is called a “penny theater.” As…