Described blue with red-violet undertones, the hue is expected to be on trend this year.
Even small decisions can cause anxiety, stress.
Those over 55 with a passion for music can now practice and perform in person, with precautions.
Ideas for understated designs in non-traditional colors
Thoughtful and original presents for educators
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Local tastemakers offer a glimpse of their personal style
Positive relationships with peers offer happiness and security.
Local health officials say it's important to get both flu and COVID vaccines, and CDC says they can be given at the same time.
As students return to in-person learning while social distancing and mask mandates are less in evidence, local health officials are urging residents to get a flu shot to prevent an uptick in the number flu and COVID-19 cases.
A minimalist design allows the landscape to take center stage.
If you drive about an hour and a half west of Arlington, through winding roads lined with trees that create a kaleidoscope of changing tree leaves, you’ll reach the village of Syria, Virginia and an idyllic vacation home curated by designers from The Nest Egg.
Seniors and retirees can stay active and have a positive impact on the community.
Every Tuesday this summer, Esther Rosenberg has welcomed two elementary school-aged students into her Potomac, Md. home.
Marymount professor and student join ‘Heat Watch’ effort.
Enduring dangerously high temperatures, Marymount University student Bader Hakami and biology professor Susan Agolini spent a day working as community scientists.
Small changes in home accessories can transform a space.
When it comes to interior design, attention to even the smallest of details took on new importance over the past year.
Balancing the need for athletic achievement with emotional wellbeing
Practicing with her club track team three days each week, training with a private coach on the other four days and balancing a challenging academic workload led to a stressful school year for Alexandria high school senior Alexis McCormick.
New choral program gives those with Alzheimer’s and other memory impairments the gift of music
When Peter Midgley and his wife went on their first date, they discovered their mutual love of music.
Increased safety protocols result from climate change-induced extreme temperatures.
Some of the area’s youngest aspiring thespians are spending part of their summer honing their craft at Arlington’s Encore Stage & Studio’s camps.
Angst, readjustment as employees return to the office
More than one year after the emergence of COVID-19 and the subsequent, work-from-home mandates, many employees are heading back to the office.
Creating livable spaces that balance the security of family with the need for independence
When June Joyce’s husband died two years ago, she was lonely living alone in the sprawling Alexandria family home where the couple raised their four children.
Seniors who are 95 and older reflect on life and offer advice to younger people.
95-year-old Howard Eisenberg says he was carded recently and asked to provide proof of his age as he boarded a train on his way to visit his 80-year-old girlfriend.
Parents face a dilemma: give much needed mental break vs. boosting skills
As camps, swimming pools and simply spending time with friends were cancelled last summer and then followed by a tumultuous school year filled with uncertainty, parents are left to grapple with how to walk the fine line between catching up academically and tending to the overall well-being of their children.
Designers see uptick in requests for porches and other outdoor spaces
A longing to spend more time outside after a year-and-a-half spent inside is driving a trend in home design, including an uptick in requests for projects like screened porches and patios.
How a belief in a higher power helped some people cope with pandemic
As she experienced the emotions and uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic, Bracha Goetz turned to the tenets of her faith.
Vaccinated Seniors plan vacations, trips to reunite with family
Sifting through photos of rafting trips through Labyrinth Canyon on the tranquil waters of the Green River and hiking in the Needles district of Utah’s Canyonlands National Park, Arlene Richter recalls her past travels as she begins planning for new adventures.
Importance emphasized in context of recent discrimination and hate crimes.
Educational videos and online trivia questions, organized by the school's Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Committee, are giving Montgomery College students an opportunity for reflection, while food, music and film offer students at Marymount University in Arlington a glimpse of a different culture.
Ideas for budget and luxury bathrooms
Sometimes regarded as a strictly functional space, bathrooms might bring to mind brushing and flossing rather than style and comfort.
Affordable treatment options highlighted during National Mental Health Month
Resulting from the tumultuous and emotionally charged past year, there's been an uptick in reported mental health conditions.
Great fashion sense is possible at any stage.
At 78, Winifred Rosenberg has always been known for her impeccable style and taste.
Suggestions for transitioning to a new living community
The decision to trade the comfort of home where you’ve lived for years and transition to retirement can evoke a range of emotions.
Practical suggestions for boosting skills
When Stacie Dougherty read an essay that her seventh grade son wrote for a Language Arts writing assignment, she became concerned.
Local designers say bold colors and durable materials are popular.
As the command station for many households, kitchens are for more than just cooking.
Local authors and therapists offer thoughts and guidance.
As a middle school student, Sofie Jacobs was at times mocked by other girls for her fastidious study habits and the good grades she received as a result.
How creating a daily routine can ease anxiety during times of uncertainty
Her days were overwhelmingly stressful.
The lives of both youth and seniors are enhanced by meaningful connections.
Bringing seniors and youth together for meaningful relationships can be mutually beneficial.
Advocating for children with special needs or learning disabilities
When Lisa Lightner's son Kevin was two years old, she discovered that he would need special learning support in school.
Park Grove neighborhood inspired by former National Parks Director George Hartzog
A former public servant’s creative vision and dedication to preserving parklands was the inspiration behind a new residential area in Northern Virginia.
Coping with separation and uncertainty
For years, being able to talk with his mother, Carole Isaacs, nearly every day was a gift that Marc Stern treasured, so when he was unable to reach her for several days, he became concerned.
Joy, tears and hope about this historic moment in history
Wearing their sorority’s signature strand of pearls and clothing in shades of pink and green, Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) sorority members Martha Coleman and Shirley Dickerson Taylor were filled with awe and jubilation as they watched their sorority sister and fellow Historically Black College and University (HBCU) alum Kamala Harris, sworn in as Vice President of the United States.
Sharing feelings, listening without judgement during current political turmoil
As communities cope with the shock of daunting images of the recent riot at the U.S. Capitol, the mental health toll on children and teens can be significant but go unnoticed, say local therapists.
Soothing spaces offer serenity during difficult times.
In the current times of turbulence and uncertainty, many are looking for a haven for serenity and calm.
Try small, simple and achievable goals
For 2021, local mental health professionals advise being gentle with yourself when creating the daily schedules and resolutions that often come with the beginning of the New Year.
Ideas for coping with being alone on the holiday
While Christmas Day will be different and difficult for many this year, it will be especially difficult for seniors who live alone and will be in solitude because of COVID-19 risks.
The pandemic leads to altered and new traditions.
When schools adjourn for winter break, the anticipation of a COVID-19 pandemic holiday season will become a reality.
As with many traditions, the pandemic is altering celebrations.
Batting addictions during the holidays
With the holidays come an increase in imbibing.
Getting vaccinated can reduce hospital visits and admissions during anticipated shortage due to COVID-19
While shopping for dinner on a recent Wednesday afternoon, Roger Whitehead spotted a sign near the pharmacy of a grocery store near his home in Alexandria.
Dealing with separation from family and friends
The decision to spend holidays away from loved ones can be a necessity during the coronavirus pandemic.
Marymount psychology professor offers solution to distance learning obstacles
For some students and professors, the loss of in-person contact has disrupted higher education and the experiences that often accompany it.
Creating dining elegance at a distance
Naomi Patterson’s Thanksgiving table is usually set with linen dinner napkins, cleaned and starched, and her wedding china, ecru with a platinum border.
Limit time on social media or watching post-election coverage
The moments that stretched her to her professional limits came immediately after the 2016 presidential election.
Physical exercise and home safety reduce risk
One of the leading causes of fatal injuries in older adults is falling.
Month-long celebration focuses on engaging families in reading, writing and literature
It’s a line from the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, that is at the heart of the literary philosophy of Anne Briggs, web services and communications librarian at Montgomery College Library.