Smokin' Science Projects

Apr 3, 2014
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.

Black Snake Romance

Feb 26, 2014

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.

The $65 Question

Feb 12, 2014

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.

Make A Wish

Jan 17, 2014

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


The Other Debbie

Jan 17, 2014

Many Virginians will resolve this new year to exercise more -- but Charlottesville author Deborah Prum has discovered limits to what working out can achieve.


Have you ever wanted to be someone you’re not?

So, one day I was at the gym exercising on the calf-stretching machine.  As you might imagine, calf-stretching is boring, so I looked to my left to see my friend, Debbie who sat inside this claw-like apparatus, pushing up and out against what looked like a heavy weight.