Essay

Open Mic
11:25 am
Tue December 17, 2013

The Extra Special Tree

  

  If the holidays have you stressed out, take a minute to relax and enjoy this next essay from Charlottesville author Jenny Gardiner -- a remembrance of Christmas and a very special tree. 

  

I’m a sucker for all things Christmas. Always have been. Don’t know if it’s the deluded optimism the season presents, or just a strange affinity for otherwise maudlin songs dressed up as cheerful seasonal chestnuts. Whatever it is, I have always ensured that my family gets into the holiday spirit, starting with finding the perfect Christmas tree.

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Open Mic
1:02 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Let's Buy A Tractor!

We all have ideas about what a mid-life crisis looks like. 

One minute you’re sitting there, minding your own business, and the next thing you know you’re polishing a shiny new convertible sports car.  

For Tom Sarvay, a self-admitted City Boy, it meant buying the farm.

We have another essay from Tom Sarvay, who writes and farms in Staunton.  Here's an account of his daily heroics down on the farm.

 

 

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Commentaries & Essays
4:16 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Veterans Day Essay

November 11 is Veterans Day…..a time to pause, reflect, and pay tribute to all of the men and women who have served in the country’s armed forces.

From Moneta Virginia, writer, veteran and retired Pentagon executive James Morrison prepared this essay.  He’s the author of Bedford Goes to War: The Heroic Story of a Small Virginia Community in World War II and a forthcoming World War II novel.

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Honoring A Life
9:33 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Light a Candle

Anne Carley

Death is not a subject we talk about much in our society, and it's especially hard to broach the subject of suicide with someone who has lost a loved one, but Charlottesville writer, editor and publisher Anne Carley has some advice in this essay.


 

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Challenge Into Change
11:01 am
Tue August 13, 2013

The Women's Initiative Essay Contest

The Women's Initiative in Charlottesville was established to help women in crisis – to support them as they make difficult transitions in their lives.

Each year, the group offers a challenge to women-- to document their thoughts.  We have three of the essays recorded. 

Beth Gager is 43 and the mother of two.   She wrote about her recovery from an emotional breakdown.

Myra Anderson is 34.  A native of Charlottesville and a graduate of Covenant High School,  she was abused as a child and is still working to heal the wounds.

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