Last Word

Profiles of local people ages 40 plus.

Understanding Jewish history with Michael Brenner

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Michael Brenner describes himself as a Jew first. Other aspects of his identity come second: Germany, where he was born. And the United States,...
David Appelman

Graphing the game with David Appelman

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On a typical day David Appelman wakes around 4:30 a.m., the time when FanGraphs updates. The website hosts statistical analysis, graphs and projections for...

Making trash bloom with Sari Carp

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The Shenandoah County Landfill is a dump, quite literally. But where some see trash, Sari Carp saw opportunity. Carp, 48, is executive director of Sustainability...

Counting the Omer with Mishka Jaeger

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Creating a tarot card deck had long been on graphic designer Mishka Jaeger’s bucket list. “I always wanted to illustrate a tarot card deck. I...

The chips fall where they may with Sarah Cohen

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"If somebody had told me when I was 18 that I would be making potato chips and living in the Shenandoah Valley, I would...

Treating freewheeling emotions with Brad Sachs

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By Tony Glaros Peering at COVID-19’s roiling effects through a steady, objective lens, Brad Sachs, a Columbia psychologist, doesn’t mince words when articulating the pandemic’s...

Prepared and practicing patience with Hindy Bogner-Orenstein

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Hindy Bogner-Orenstein has been a nurse for 37 years. But she’s never seen anything as dire as the COVID-19 units where she’s worked intermittently...
Lauren Katz

Competitive cooking with Lauren Katz

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Cooking can be hard. Cooking in front of a televised national audience, even harder. “At home you might break an egg and it might get...

The color of music with Dan Binstock

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Name a tune and Dan Binstock can probably play it on his piano from memory. Binstock estimates he knows the melodies of maybe 10,000...

Pursuing justice with Dora Chen

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By Leonard A. Robinson A lifelong pursuit of justice has led Dora Chen to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the nation’s second-largest union, where...