Open Mic

Gifts from Debby's Dad

Dec 17, 2013

With the holidays now here, many people are still wracking their brains for last-minute gift ideas, but that's never a problem for one man -- the father of Charlottesville author Deborah Prum.  

She tells about his strategy, in this essay.

  Deborah Prum is an author from Albemarle County who recently released First Kiss and Other Cautionary Tales -- an audio collection of humorous essays.     

Let's Buy A Tractor!

Dec 1, 2013

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.



Veterans Day Essay

Nov 8, 2013

 Originally broadcast November, 2013

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.

Praise the Lord...and Pass the Crackerjacks

Oct 23, 2013

Deborah Lewis is a Methodist minister who works with students at the University of Virginia.  In her spare time, she enjoys quilting and shouting words of praise and damnation while watching TV.  We'll let her explain in this essay she recorded at our Charlottesville studio.

Light a Candle

Aug 19, 2013

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.