Rick Townley was a bookseller before switching to electronic publishing with The New York Times, Reuters, Grolier and others. He is the author of a humor book, For Boomers Only – Exploring Life in the New Millennium, a supernatural novel, Stepping Out of Time, and numerous short stories. In addition to contributing to the Washington Times Communities, Rick is working on a fiction series called Stigma and resides in southern Alabama with his 7-year-old granddaughter, Chloe.
A collection of reader guest articles, thoughts and opinions by Communities writers and breaking news and information.
Obama forgot to salute a marine when boarding Marine One; should we be upset?
The Boy Scouts of America voted today to allow openly gay boys as scouts but the ban on homosexual leaders remains.
After possibly the worst week of the Obama administration, new polls show that the President has escaped relatively unscathed.
Benghazi, the IRS, the AP - Obama had nothing to do with any of them. He knows nothing about them. They're just messy loose ends.
Reflections on raising families in a holistic way -- with a focus on nutrition and alternative health.
Reviews, insights and commentary from an eclectic observer.
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Life lessons, adventures, people places and observations as I undertake my personal quest to travel to 100 or more countries before I die.
Finding radiant smiles and dental health with Dr. Ali Forghani
Published 12:49 p.m. May 25, 2013
Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and a day of firsts for the season.
Published 4:06 p.m. May 24, 2013
New cookbooks show how to make Memorial Day truly memorable.
Published 12:06 p.m. May 21, 2013
Stephen King withholds digital rights to help independent bookstores.
Published 2:13 p.m. May 15, 2013
Technology upgrades bring new applications for digital paper.
Published 2:12 p.m. May 11, 2013
New books to give Mom for Mother's Day.
Published 2:16 p.m. May 1, 2013
One woman's journey to reinvent herself and answer, what now?
Published 1:25 p.m. April 24, 2013
A little research can yield big results when looking for new books to read.
Published 10:47 a.m. April 17, 2013
Books to help adults and children deal with the trauma of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Published 11:29 a.m. April 11, 2013
Tablet computers are displacing e-readers, but print is still king.
Published 1:45 p.m. April 1, 2013
Amazon is adding to its online empire with the purchase of Goodreads. What it plans to do with the service remains to be seen.
Published 12:21 p.m. March 20, 2013
Independent bookstores are finding new and innovative ways to survive and grow in a highly competitive book market.
Published 12:26 p.m. March 8, 2013
School officials suspended a seven-year-old boy before he could use a pretend gun made from pastry to harm others with blueberry filling.
Published 1:19 p.m. February 26, 2013
Global music industry sales, led by digital downloads, rose for the first time in over a decade.
Published 11:51 a.m. February 19, 2013
Microsoft gets serious about cloud services by limiting Office 2013 to just one PC.
Published 2:04 p.m. February 13, 2013
What to do for Valentine's Day? Well guys, here's a clue. Forget about candy and flowers.