Essay

Trout Season
2:29 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

The Big Catch

I could hear Tony tearing up the trail from Squirrel Creek toward our campsite in the middle of a blueberry patch in remote Avery County, North Carolina. All the forest creatures could hear him, too.

Tony was anything but subtle when he’d caught a fish and he wanted every thrush, every gray squirrel, every white-tail deer, every groundhog and—most of all—me to know he’d hooked a penny-bright, native, feisty rainbow trout.

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Commentaries & Essays
9:50 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Celebrity Sighting

Carey Keefe

It's hard to imagine that posing for a photograph could change a life -- uniting a Virginia man with a woman living 7,000 miles away, but that's exactly what happened when Staunton writer Carey Keefe went on vacation with her husband. 

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Commentaries & Essays
4:47 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Merlin's Soul

For Christians, Easter sparks thoughts of resurrection and the human soul, but for Virginia veterinarian Douglass Hopkins it's a time to smile -- and to celebrate the souls of all living things.

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Happy Mother's Day
3:38 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Dear Old Mom

With Mother's Day on the way, many are wracking their brains -- trying to come up with just the right gift.  Charlottesville author Deborah Prum doesn't really care what she gets from her kids -- but she knows there's one gift she won't be giving them.

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Commentaries & Essays
11:57 am
Mon February 25, 2013

A Cautionary Tale

Deborah Prum

I’m about to tell you a cautionary tale involving food, phones, fighting and fire. 

One evening while preparing dinner, I was on the phone arguing with my oldest son.  I don’t remember the subject, I just know I was right and he was wrong.  And, I told him so as I lay green beans on a metal steamer in a pot, forgot to add water, then placed the pan over high heat on the stovetop.

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