Essay

Commentaries & Essays
1:01 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

What, Me Worry? How Bad Can It Get?

Dolly Parton said it--  if you want the rainbow, you have to put up with a little rain.

That’s what essayist Joy Bashore from Forest found out, on one of the rare occasions she didn’t over-prepare.

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Open Mic
2:14 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Tax Quandary

  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?

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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
2:18 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Black Snake Romance

Spring has not yet sprung, but that hasn't stopped us from starting our Spring Fund Drive.

And as we look ahead to the season of rebirth and renewal, Staunton farmer, writer and chef Tom Sarvay is thinking about the coming season of…… snake mating.

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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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