In part 30 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson profiles General Ambrose Powell (A.P.) Hill, who was in command of the Petersburg sector of the Confederate defenses, and relates the fateful events of the morning of Sunday, April 2, 1865.
In part 36 of our Civil War series, Virginia Tech history professor James Robertson recounts a calvary battle in Richmond on the northern outskirts of the town at the hamlet of Yellow Tavern. It pitted Union General Phillip Sheridan against General Jeb Stuart, the embodiment of a Virginia cavalier.
Remember the chipper scene from Fargo? Frances McDormand is investigating a homicide when she finds a man who is feeding Steve Buscemi’s leg into a wood chipper.
Last year, when I became a juicer, whenever I picked up a long, thick stalk of celery and fed it into my juicing machine, that ear-splitting whine of the motor, plus my hand pushing down on the stalk, made me think of the chipper and Buscemi’s sock-footed leg.
There are delightful surprises sprinkling the path to falling in love again at my age. I’ve always been something of a romantic, but in the last few decades that blissful trait has been buried under the weight of getting older, crushing some of the sense of delight and discovery necessary to maintain the magic.
In the past few years, I’d not even entertained the thought that fresh and adventurous romance was a possibility. I didn’t miss it because I didn’t expect it.
The South By Southwest Music and Film Festival also has a tech side. Two Blacksburg companies are on the way to Austin Texas. They’ll compete for awards in what’s become the festival’s fastest growing program: talks on emerging technologies.