If the holidays have you stressed out, take a minute to relax and enjoy this next essay from Charlottesville author Jenny Gardiner -- a remembrance of Christmas and a very special tree.
I’m a sucker for all things Christmas. Always have been. Don’t know if it’s the deluded optimism the season presents, or just a strange affinity for otherwise maudlin songs dressed up as cheerful seasonal chestnuts. Whatever it is, I have always ensured that my family gets into the holiday spirit, starting with finding the perfect Christmas tree.
November 11 is Veterans Day…..a time to pause, reflect, and pay tribute to all of the men and women who have served in the country’s armed forces.
From Moneta Virginia, writer, veteran and retired Pentagon executive James Morrison prepared this essay. He’s the author of Bedford Goes to War: The Heroic Story of a Small Virginia Community in World War II and a forthcoming World War II novel.
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.