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Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Tuning in to People local musician uses harp music to heal

Pop-culturally, harp music tends to cue up an upcoming dream sequence. The lights soften, the visuals swirl, and we’re transported to fantasyland. When Kirsti Kaldro of Bridge Kaldro Music in Christiansburg first encountered a harp, it was, actually, pretty dreamy. “While I was waiting for my sister-in-law to meet with an instrument maker in Bedford,

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Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Dinner Time at the Retirement Home

Baby boomers have always been the pig in the python, refashioning the culture and environment around them. In the early ’60s, it was an increase in building elementary schools for them; in the ’70s, it was the...

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Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

The Snugly Proportional English Cottage

When thinking about retirement, many folks have the “some day” approach, knowing that “some day” they’ll move – maybe to a warmer climate, closer to family, into a smaller space, all of the above. Philo and Ellen...

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Monday, July 16th, 2018

Relaxed Lake Living

“Our idea of lake living is relaxed, not formal,” states Greg Rooker. “So the house had to have an open, airy feel to it along with lots of windows to take advantage of the 3 1/2-mile view...

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Monday, July 16th, 2018

New River Trail State Park

It’s sometime in the early 20th century, and a Norfolk & Western locomotive is chugging along the “Cripple Creek Extension” through southwest Virginia carrying iron ore to a main line water stop called Martin’s Station (now Pulaski)....

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Monday, July 16th, 2018

Following the Sun

Our lives literally revolve around the sun. Regardless of how we may try to fight the morning light with blackout curtains and eye masks, or how we attempt to silence the birds with ear plugs and loud...

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Monday, July 16th, 2018

Laureen Blakemore ~ a roundabout journey

Staying in a job for 10 years must mean there is an affinity between employee and position, which is certainly the case with Laureen Blakemore. She has been the director of Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. (DBI), since 2008,...

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Monday, July 16th, 2018

Wine ~ and the End of the World

When John and Elena Leshyn moved into their Blacksburg house in 2001, John was intrigued by some vacant space on the other side of a 6-inch thick, concrete, basement wall. There was a rectangular, horizontal window up...

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Monday, July 16th, 2018

When Ya Look Good ~ Ya Feel Good

Rarely do we say: “My house looks 10 years younger!” But year after year, we spend thousands of dollars on home maintenance just to keep our homes looking good and lasting long. Our bodies are no different....

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Monday, May 21st, 2018

Holding Tight to a Dream

Powell’s exact words may not have rung loudly in Carol Ann Lawrence’s ears, but she knew them in her heart. And, it was Walt Disney who quipped: If you can dream it, you can do it. Disney...

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