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.
The nation’s biggest coffee trade show is underway in New York, and three Virginians are heading that way to compete for the title of America’s Best Coffee House.
The Mudhouse in Charlottesville, which began brewing coffee for Charlottesville 20 years ago, applied to compete in this year’s contest, and after secret sippers came through, Mudhouse won the chance to show its stuff in New York, but Operations Director Dan Pabst says choosing which coffees to serve in competition was a tough task.
One of every 88 children in this country has some degree of autism – up 78% over the last ten years. It’s a puzzling psychological condition that makes it difficult to communicate, but it is possible to help these kids relate to the world around them. One Staunton couple has made some surprising discoveries in that vein.
Barry Kolman conducts the Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra – an exciting job that brings him great satisfaction. He also teaches music at Washington and Lee University, but of all the musicians he’s encountered, one gives him the greatest joy.
There will be a strong showing from Blacksburg at next week’s South By Southwest Festival in Austin Texas. Two local start-ups are heading out there to participate. The annual conference is known for original music and independent film, but, it also has a tech side.