Literature and Poetry en Girls of Summer <p></p><p>School summer reading lists are infamous.&nbsp; Required books that you drag around all summer, taking notes and keeping journals.&nbsp; Just in time for beach season, two Richmond writers are trying to give summer reading a better name.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>When writer Gigi Amateau was a child, one of her favorite stories was <em>The Little Match Girl.</em></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:07:22 +0000 Allison Quantz 24746 at Girls of Summer John Peale Shares His Story <p>Recently, one of the nation’s best-known religious leaders announced that his 27-year-old son had committed suicide.&nbsp;</p><p>Rick Warren , pastor of a mega-church in Southern California and author of the best-selling <em>Purpose Driven Life</em> said Matthew Warren had suffered from depression.&nbsp; Here in Virginia, the son of another church superstar says he can relate. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 17:56:47 +0000 Sandy Hausman 3656 at John Peale Shares His Story Emergency Poems <p>In an emergency, some people turn to drink, while others rely on prayer, but for a small and committed group at the University of Virginia, there’s nothing better in a crisis than poetry. &nbsp;<br><br>&nbsp;It was a warm spring night on the University of Virginia campus, and dozens of students and faculty members had gathered outside to celebrate Humanities Week and the power of poetry to soothe and console in a crisis.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 17:57:25 +0000 Sandy Hausman 3397 at Emergency Poems Man Saves Mountain <p>Jay Leutze got his law degree from the University of North Carolina, but he decided not to practice law.&nbsp;</p><p>Instead, he moved to his family’s cabin on Yellow Mountain in the Roan Highlands – an area famous in geological circles for its rare <em>grassy balds</em>.</p><p>“Grassy balds are openings that are not above the tree line, but were not created by man, so they’re open pastures,” he explains. “We believe that they were kept open by wooly mammoths, then bison and elk, and then when European settlers came in, they were kept open by grazing cattle.”</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 18:12:53 +0000 Sandy Hausman 1364 at Man Saves Mountain Hobby Solves Waynesboro Woman's Mysteries <p>Producing a book in the 21<sup>st</sup> century is no easy job, unless you decide to publish yourself, but a Waynesboro woman’s hobby has propelled her into the perfect publishing niche. When Mollie Bryan was home, taking care of young children, she discovered scrap booking:</p><p>“It’s one of the most popular hobbies in the world,” Bryan says, “but the thing that appealed to me was the puzzle-like quality to scrapbooking and the way that people get together to do it.”</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 17:19:53 +0000 Sandy Hausman 1359 at Hobby Solves Waynesboro Woman's Mysteries