Last Word

Profiles of local people ages 40 plus.

Understanding Jewish history with Michael Brenner

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

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

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

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

"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

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

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

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

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

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...