Commentaries & Essays

Commentaries & Essays
12:11 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Praise the Lord...and Pass the Crackerjacks

Deborah Lewis is a Methodist minister who works with students at the University of Virginia.  In her spare time, she enjoys quilting and shouting words of praise and damnation while watching TV.  We'll let her explain in this essay she recorded at our Charlottesville studio.

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Honoring A Life
9:33 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Light a Candle

Anne Carley

Death is not a subject we talk about much in our society, and it's especially hard to broach the subject of suicide with someone who has lost a loved one, but Charlottesville writer, editor and publisher Anne Carley has some advice in this essay.


 

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Challenge Into Change
11:01 am
Tue August 13, 2013

The Women's Initiative Essay Contest

The Women's Initiative in Charlottesville was established to help women in crisis – to support them as they make difficult transitions in their lives.

Each year, the group offers a challenge to women-- to document their thoughts.  We have three of the essays recorded. 

Beth Gager is 43 and the mother of two.   She wrote about her recovery from an emotional breakdown.

Myra Anderson is 34.  A native of Charlottesville and a graduate of Covenant High School,  she was abused as a child and is still working to heal the wounds.

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Deb Lives Dangerously!
5:02 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Safety, Italian Style

When I was eighteen, my cousin Umberto visited us from Italy.  I sat in the passenger seat of Umberto’s rental car as he sped through a red light at a busy intersection in Hartford, Connecticut.  I shrieked, “Stop.  Stop.  You’ve got to stop!”

Umberto smiled.  “In Italy, red light is optional.”

Umberto wasn’t kidding.  When my husband and I visited Tuscany last fall, we discovered that some Italians considered all rules of the road optional.  

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Trout Season
2:29 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

The Big Catch

I could hear Tony tearing up the trail from Squirrel Creek toward our campsite in the middle of a blueberry patch in remote Avery County, North Carolina. All the forest creatures could hear him, too.

Tony was anything but subtle when he’d caught a fish and he wanted every thrush, every gray squirrel, every white-tail deer, every groundhog and—most of all—me to know he’d hooked a penny-bright, native, feisty rainbow trout.

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