Last Word

Profiles of local people ages 40 plus.

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...
Arnie Hoffman in his workshop

Turning on the heat with Arnie Hoffman

  Arnie Hoffman made a career for himself as a master electrician. While he retired in 2014, his days in the workshop aren’t behind him....

Advocating for gun safety with Jennifer Stein

Jennifer Rand Stein can lay claim to many titles. She is a former attorney, mother of two college students, blogger, freelance legal researcher, small...

Getting involved in Northern Virginia with Alexis Cohen

By Ellen Braunstein Corrected Feb. 11 12:45 p.m. Alexis Cohen is a women’s philanthropy leader who knows the importance of building a  cohesive community in Northern...
Howard Mortman

Blessing Congress with Howard Mortman

More than 400 rabbis have led opening prayers in Congress, and Howard Mortman can tell you about them all. In the dead of night...
Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan

Thinking eclectic thoughts with Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan

Two years ago, BB&T Bank and SunTrust Bank merged into a single entity: Truist Bank. Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan took note of the change. Why?...

Talking to animals with John Netzel

Outside Winchester lies a 13-acre property along Peacefield Lane that more than 60 animals call home. Those passing by might catch a glimpse of...