Commentaries

Open Mic
4:36 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Smokin' Science Projects

Credit Susan Messina

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.  It poses the question, “How much turmoil does the science fair cause families?”  And then there’s the answer, weighing materials, results and findings.  Charlottesville-essayist Deborah Prum explains her family’s approach to Science Fair Day.

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Open Mic
3:12 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

The $65 Question

Deborah Prum's Parents, Jim & Eva Mazzotta, on their honeymoon.

Valentine's Day is a celebration of romance, but even after the holiday has passed, Charlottesville writer Deborah Prum likes to muse about the people she loves, and how they got together. 
 

The last time my folks visited, our whole family swapped tales around the dining table.  Our topic?  Marriage proposals: who proposed to whom and how.

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Open Mic
11:52 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Make A Wish

A month into the new year, and Charlottesville author Deborah Prum is thinking about how people can make their wishes come true.
 

 

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Open Mic
3:46 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Postcard from Iran

The postcard read, “One memory of Iran, that I present of my very perty (sic) Sara,” and was signed, “Bahman and Reza.” 

The card showed a picture of a young girl, maybe 14 years old, working at a loom—“A girl carpet weaver of Isfahan, Iran,” read the caption.

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Open Mic
3:08 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Snow Days

I remember so fondly the snow days from my North Carolina childhood. Peeking out the window expectantly, devouring the AM radio cancelation list, scrambling into gloves and hats and boots.

There were forts to be fashioned, snowmen to be birthed, hills to be sledded.  I remember, too, when my thrill of snow was put on ice.

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