Category: Musings

Things to watch as July winds down

Interesting week ahead in Floyd County. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors meets with the Floyd Town Council and the re-comprised board of the Parks & Recreation Authority to try and sort out what may or may not be happening with recreation that is now supposed to be handled by the county’s new recreation department.

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I am, therefore I ride the roads

Took a break Saturday. Taking a break usually means crawling on a motorcycle for a ride and I did just that, meeting up with fellow rider and friend Nick Piazza at Smart View on the Blue Ridge Parkway before heading north to Roanoke for a customer appreciation day at Roanoke Valley Harley-Davidson. After free hotdogs,

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Nice weather: Time to catch up on yard work

An incredibly pleasant day for a short motorcycle ride Wednesday with temperatures in the mid-70s and humidity in the 50s.  I should have spent the day mowing but the grass remained too wet from Tuesday’s rain.  At least I did spend some needed time in the gym. Another cool evening overnight with the thermometer sitting

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FloydFest arrives this week

FloydFest kicks off this week at the site just off the Blue Ridge Parkway for its annual gathering of music and festival fans. Last year, I made the decision after more than 15 years of covering the festival to step down and let others cover the event for The Floyd Press.  Colleen Redman takes over

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Happy Birthday to the woman of my life

Forty years ago today, I helped celebrate my girlfriend Amy’s 26th birthday over lunch at a circular restaurant at Famous Barr department store in Southern Illinois near St Louis, MO, with a proposal of marriage. The circular dining table under a sun-filled dome was a special, private spot in the dining area on the top

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All the news that’s no longer fit for newsprint

Ironically, the news that Starbucks is stopping the sale of newspapers at its coffee shops hit the streets on one of the national papers that the chain will stop selling on Sept. 1:  The New York Times. The Seattle-based chain says papers aren’t big-enough sellers in their shops so The Times, The Wall Street Journal,

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It is the heat…and the humidity

A friend who transplanted from life in the Midwest to Floyd County in retirement a few years ago says he and his wife would have found another place if the weather here would have been as humid when they first visited 13 years ago. I spent my high school years in Floyd County from 1961-65

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Happy Birthday Amerca

We have celebrated America’s Independence Day in many places, including the National Mall in Washington during our 23 years living and working in the nation’s capital. We’ve witnessed, photographed and filmed fireworks shows in Manhattan, Washington, St. Louis, Los Angeles, the Mountains of New Mexico, at home here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia

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Our Stars & Stripes flies upside down on this 4th

Bruce L. Patchen of Seattle, Washington, served in the Army for more than 20 years. He was a proud veteran who served his country. Pride, however, is not what he feels about America today. He wrote in the Seattle Times: I was a medic in Vietnam who held brave, dying soldiers on the battlefield. I

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