Open Mic en Tales of a Sub <p>Some kids are happy that school is back in session.&nbsp; Others head for the classroom with some trepidation, but their reluctance is nothing compared to what Charlottesville author Erika Raskin feels each time she thinks about her days as a substitute teacher.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:29:34 +0000 Erika Raskin 24002 at Tales of a Sub What Holds Us Together: Happy Mother's Day <p>With the approach of Mother's Day Sunday many of us are thinking about the woman who raised us -- and the things she taught or shared with us.</p><p>Charlottesville author Deborah Prum has been thinking about what gets passed down from the mothers in her family.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>My granddaughter Campbell is 2 and lives about 6,900 miles from Charlottesville. My grandmother, Benedetta, is 105 and lives in Connecticut, about 600 miles from here.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 16:33:33 +0000 Deborah Prum 21009 at What Holds Us Together: Happy Mother's Day What, Me Worry? How Bad Can It Get? <p>Dolly Parton said it--&nbsp; if you want the rainbow, you have to put up with a little rain.</p><p>That’s what essayist Joy Bashore from Forest found out, on one of the rare occasions she didn’t over-prepare.</p><p></p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:01:04 +0000 Joy Bashore 20616 at What, Me Worry? How Bad Can It Get? Tax Quandary <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you’re like me you put off doing your taxes. You know that in the spring it’s not always easy to find a weekend that both you and your spouse can clear the table, sit down with the calculator and all the receipts, and do the tabulations to get the Form 1040 and accompanying Schedules A, B…filled in. To be quite honest I dislike having to get it done. How about you?</span></p><p></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:14:45 +0000 Jack Payden_Travers 19653 at Tax Quandary Smokin' Science Projects <p></p><p>There’s an image that’s gone viral on the internet—spreading through social media and in-boxes around the world. This hand-made poster looks like it’s done as a real project, by a real child.&nbsp; It poses the question, “How much turmoil does the science fair cause families?”&nbsp; And then there’s the answer, weighing materials, results and findings.&nbsp; Charlottesville-essayist Deborah Prum explains her family’s approach to Science Fair Day.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:36:01 +0000 Deborah Prum 19449 at Smokin' Science Projects