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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Replacing the Irreplaceable Mom Doesn’t Come Easy

Every family has a member who is the essential cog in the household machine.  My mom was that person when I was growing up....

The Trouble With Normal: “350” and the Future

After a light spring rain and the passing of not-too-distant thunder overnight, we packed up to head home from Mt. Rogers. Not three miles...

Criminal Defendants Going Free in Virginia Due to Supreme Court Ruling

Some criminal defendants in Virginia are seeing their cases dismissed due to a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling which said that crime lab reports...

Down and Out on the Isle of Skye

We leave our bikes, with the constable’s blessing, leaning up against the weathered brick of the tiny, police station. The town of Broadford seems...

Our Take: Such an Almost Great Week for Us Old Fogeys

What an absolutely amazing week it was for all of us over the age of 35 . . . Almost. As an ever ripening-on-the-vine 48...

What Color are Your Wellies?

Last summer we sent yet another son off to college. I was totally relaxed as this was the second time we had been through...

Blessing of the Schools

Take the next few minutes and share a dream with me.  Either literally or in your imagination, relax in your backyard hammock, a glass...

No Marriage Can Survive Without This Essential Ingredient

Just recently, as a family project, we bought a boat.  Yes, I know the old saying, “the two happiest days in a boat owner’s...

When I Changed Sides In Politics

Political debate has never appealed to me. I dislike conflict and hesitate to engage in discussions where opinions are at odds. I would not...

Promoting Responsible Government

W orking to reduce government waste is a significant undertaking and one to which I remain firmly dedicated even in a Congress where excessive spending...