Commentaries & Essays

Open Mic
2:27 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

Essay: When the Bums Came

Economists speculate about the extent of recovery from this country’s great recession.  Since 2008, many families have faced hard times, but Charlottesville writer Mary Alice Hostetter says things were tough for some folks when she was a child, growing up on her parents’ farm in Pennsylvania.  Sometimes proof of the nation’s economic troubles would arrive at the farmhouse door.

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Open Mic
3:19 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Front Lines of Caregiving: UVA Nursing Students

Credit Cast Aluminum Nurse with IV (New Kensington, PA)

Top entries from the 13th Annual Celebration of Reflective and Creative Writing (2015):

It’s never easy to deal with sickness and death, but nurses do it every day.  In her essay, UVA graduate student Melissa Beth Behl   explains how  and why she’s  able to cope with the stress of caring for patients.

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Open Mic
6:56 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Mother's Day Remembrance: Benedetta at 106

Benedetta Boccaccio with her great-great granddaughter, Ava Brown.

Mother's Day provides a chance to think about our mothers and about those who came before them -- the often unsung heroes of countless families. Charlottesville writer Debby Prum remembers her grandmother -- who lived for more than a century and left her family with many amusing memories. 

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Open Mic
1:07 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Channeling Your Inner Luddite

My son gave me a record player for Christmas.  Here is how it works. You turn a knob to switch on the power. You place the vinyl LP onto the turntable. You lift the black lever and guide the needle to the record. The needle drops and then—miracle of miracles--you hear music.

On the other hand, turning on my television requires an advanced degree in electronic devices. How I long for the big brown wooden box of my childhood, the one with an on/off knob and a rotary dial to select the four available channels.

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Open Mic
5:17 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

A Remembrance for Black History Month

On a mild night in January, I went to the opening evening of the Martin Luther King celebration in Lexington. It’s  a simple service, held annually at the First Baptist Church at the foot of Main Street.

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