IN THIS ISSUE:;Interviewed the six
contenders for the Democratic nomination
for county executive. “This is the most
wide-open election since that post was
created a half-century ago. The outcome
could have implications for decades
to come, given the recent challenges
posed by signi;cant demographic and
socioeconomic changes in the county.”
WHAT HE DOES:;He’s a freelance writer
and editor who has covered politics at the
local, state and national level for more
than four decades. His Washington, D.C.,
experience includes covering presidential
campaigns and editing a twice-daily
newsletter about Congress. He is a
member of the team of authors for the
biennial Almanac of American Politics.
FAVORITE PLACE:;His weekend home on
Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where he and
his wife, Nancy, a fellow journalist, enjoy
spending time with their two rescue dogs.
MELANIE D.G. KAPLAN
LIVES IN: Washington, D.C.
IN THIS ISSUE: Wrote about ;orist Sophie
Felts, the founder of Blossom + Vine in
Laytonsville. “When I visited Sophie’s studio
and farm, I half expected to see her skipping
through ;elds and leisurely collecting ;owers.
What I found was hard work, long hours and the
endless struggle to balance creativity with self-employment—something I know well.”
WHAT SHE DOES: Kaplan is a freelance writer
whose articles focus on domestic adventures,
national parks, cycling and her beagle. She also
teaches ukulele at a women’s shelter—and
performs when she’s feeling brave.
WHERE SHE GREW UP: In Rockville, near
Lake Needwood. “My mom enjoyed arranging
the ;owers we grew in our backyard. I
remember walking through the basement,
dodging straw ;owers and statice hanging
from the ceiling to dry.”
FAVORITE THING ABOUT SUMMER:
Early morning trips along the Potomac
and Anacostia rivers on her pink stand-up
paddleboard, spotting herons and ducklings.
LIVES IN: Washington, D.C.
IN THIS ISSUE: Spent four days
photographing the ;orists and their work
at Blossom + Vine.
WHAT HE DOES: A photographer and
graphic artist, he shares his time between
his studio in Brentwood, Maryland,
and his studio/gallery in Provincetown,
Massachusetts. He has taken
assignments on every continent, including
a two-month artist residency in Antarctica.
HOW HE GOT HIS START: He gave up
administrative jobs behind desks 10 years
ago to follow a dream of working as a
photographer and artist. “I got a degree
in professional photography from Boston
University and have never looked back.”
FAVORITE FLOWER:;“I love nature
and color, so it was a great match to
photograph the ;orists at Blossom + Vine.
I discovered many new and intriguing
;owers, but tulips are still my favorite.”
In the March/April “ 8 Great
‘Affordable’ Neighborhoods” story,
the photo that accompanied the
Woodside write-up was actually
a picture of a home in nearby
Woodside Park. A photo of
Woodside is printed here.