Author: CM

Aging With Wisdom & Grace

If you love your children, get rid of everything before you go. That’s essentially the message my friend told a congregation of loved ones at her mother’s funeral. Each year before her mother died, she started asking the children if there was anything in particular that they loved or that their children might love. A painting, the china, her box collection, or even the wrought iron wood basket beside the fireplace – each year, she made sure items left her house. My own mother has talked about assigning each relative a color and asking them to put color-coded stickers on the bottom or backs of items, like a yard sale. Only this time it’s kind of like a mindful life sell. This issue of Carroll Magazine features “Aging with Grace,” a Special Section that we hope will help readers plan for retirement and their final years. The section is somewhat self-serving because many of us are either caring for our parents, or we are close enough to rounding the retirement curve that we want to have a better sense of what to expect. One tiny, but important goal was to also get folks talking – with each other, with their parents, with their significant others and/or their children. While you are healthy and happy, talk about the inevitable – aging and dying – so that you can approach both...

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Pair Up: Local Wines Shine At Home

by michael vyskocil    photography by tara hope cofiell From Manchester to Mount Airy, Carroll County’s fruit of the vines delivers with every nuance and depth of flavor. The richness of full-bodied reds, the tang of tannins and the sweet punctuation marks of ports give Carroll County’s wines unmistakable nuances of flavor, making exceptional choices for drinks with your dinner. We asked three Carroll County wineries — Cygnus Wine Cellars in Manchester, Old Westminster Winery in Westminster and Black Ankle Vineyards in Mount Airy — to provide some pairings for this special occasion dinner. Discover what wines the winemakers...

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Pop & Shop

by Kym Byrnes  photography by Kelly Heck Local entrepreneurs are cashing in on a temporary retail trend that enables them to test the viability of their grand ideas. Commonly called Pop Up Shops, this flash retail trend started in the early 1990’s in large urban areas with heavy foot traffic, like Tokyo, New York and London. They often pop up around holidays and special events like product launches and movie premiers.  For example, WIRED Magazine opens an electronic store around the holidays every winter in New York City; before its premier, Where the Wild Things Are set up a...

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Let’s Get It On

by Kate M. Breslin Whether it’s Marvin Gaye and Chardonnay or a good old-fashioned hand holding, everyone has something that turns him or her on. Not everyone’s turn ons are uniform, however. What makes one person’s toes curl may send another running, much like one person’s trash is another’s treasure. As Valentine’s Day rounds the corner, couples tend to pay more attention to turn ons and turn offs. After all, tis the season to get it right. Tips from local residents, counselors, and therapists might help you navigate the love terrain, if not enjoy a voyeur’s thrill. Relying on...

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Food for Thought: Beginning Gardening Tips from Area Experts

by Linda L. Esterson When Sykesville resident Butch Willard was a youngster in West Virginia, he spent time with his grandfather who grew potatoes for a living. He remembers fondly the long hours with him and his crops. He also recalls in the mid-1970s, when he was newly married, helping his elderly neighbors with their gardens. A human resources director for Honeywell for 30 years, he was too busy to plant his own garden, but delighted in helping others benefit from the fruits of their labor. After his transfer to Columbia, Maryland in 2003, and subsequent retirement in 2007,...

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