Open Mic

Open Mic
2:38 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

Extenuating Circumstances

Years ago, right before an end-of-the-term field trip, my son brought home a notice from his middle school. The body of the letter included the usual information: dates, cost, arrival and departure times. But, the last line contained an ominous warning.

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Open Mic
4:29 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Tales of a Sub

Some kids are happy that school is back in session.  Others head for the classroom with some trepidation, but their reluctance is nothing compared to what Charlottesville author Erika Raskin feels each time she thinks about her days as a substitute teacher.

Years ago, before I decided to bite the bullet and embrace the soul crushing rejection that often goes with Being a Writer, I decided to try my hand at substitute teaching. I realized my mistake almost immediately.

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Open Mic
12:33 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

What Holds Us Together: Happy Mother's Day

With the approach of Mother's Day Sunday many of us are thinking about the woman who raised us -- and the things she taught or shared with us.

Charlottesville author Deborah Prum has been thinking about what gets passed down from the mothers in her family. 

My granddaughter Campbell is 2 and lives about 6,900 miles from Charlottesville. My grandmother, Benedetta, is 105 and lives in Connecticut, about 600 miles from here.

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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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