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Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

All the Comforts of Camping

Perhaps we all have that friend. That friend who enthusiastically seizes any opportunity to publicly brandish the joy of zipping into a sleeping bag to slumber under the stars. Maybe we are that friend. With the onset of spring comes the onset of camping season. We start to crack open the house with a cautious

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Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

7 Decades of Local Art and Creativity

Small art associations come and go. Struggles to survive seem to be part of the fabric as times change over the years. I joined the Blacksburg Regional Art Association (BRAA) in 2010 soon after arriving in town...

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Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

Like a Freight Train . . . on Steroids

In 1952, the New York Yankees won the World Series over the Brooklyn Dodgers 4-3; and on the car front, the first Corvette prototype was finished and shown the next year at the General Motors 1953 Motorama...

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Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

Baseball Comes Back Swinging

Built in 1935, Calfee Park in Pulaski is one of the oldest ballparks in the nation that is still filling the stands with fans. In its history, the park has held horse shows, fairs, other sports games...

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Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

A Smooth Purring Sunny Day Ride

One recent weekend, Donny Dunbar had his restored and modified, sunburst orange, chrome-bedecked 1965 Chevy C10 in his yard, preparing to go to a cruise-in – if the rain held off. “I like the way it rides...

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Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

Around the NRV

The New River Valley is richly endowed with rolling hillsides, lush forests, country roads and beautiful views. Being within a day’s drive of half of the country’s population makes our region a natural attraction for special events....

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Thursday, March 25th, 2021

Home Renovations for Style, Fun and Function

Home renovation can be as exciting as it might be intimidating for evaluating a room and contemplating a new function and different color scheme, along with appropriate furnishings and details such as fabric style, pattern and performance,...

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Thursday, March 25th, 2021

A New Window to the World

The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but windows are the eyes to the outside world. Right now, with the pandemic and the dreary winter-to-spring transition weather, many of us are stuck at home like...

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Thursday, March 25th, 2021

Home Sweet Homeschooling

A recent Saturday Night Live skit featured host John Krasinski playing dad to a pair of creepy, identically-dressed twins (think The Shining). A costar opposite Krasinski, concerned with the suspicious twins, delivered an aside: “Maybe they’re homeschooled.”...

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Thursday, March 25th, 2021

Finding teachable moments in everyday life

Reading, writing, ‘rithmetic — the old adage evoking the bones of a traditional, well-rounded education. But are old, extinct bones the best analogy we can apply? To be honest, conventional pedagogy, one where students sit respectfully in...

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