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Friday, March 24, 2017

DICK BAYNTON: Winning, Losing and the Nobility of Both

The fabric of our Democratic Republic that has existed since 1776 is becoming frayed and tattered. Our Constitution and other important segments of government...

LIZA FIELD: The Oldest Valentine

  Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.         ...

LUCKY GARVIN: Notes On The Civil War

An odd name for a war in that there was precious little civility in it. Watching the Ken Burns’ magnificent historical documentary, The Civil War,...

DENNIS GARVIN: Cock Fighting and Fake News

Cockfighting has a long history.  Humans took a natural tendency of roosters to resist any encroachment upon their perceived domain by another rooster.  Looking...

JEFF ELL: Fare Thee Well Beautiful Deer Filled Mountains

I didn’t kill a single deer this year. The last time that happened was 2002, the year we moved to Roanoke. And so now as...

MIKE KEELER: The Story of Two Motherless Children

Tyrus Wong was born in Guangdong, China in 1910. When he was nine years old, he and his father emigrated to the U.S. to...

HAYDEN HOLLINGSWORTH: Attitude Is a Choice

Mark Twain is purported to have said, “I have lived a life filed with terrible things; some of them actually happened.”  Most of them...

JEFF ELL: No More Chess – My Personal Checkmate

My experiment was a complete failure. The hope was to get better at something for which I have almost no natural aptitude. Specifically, the game...

DICK BAYNTON: The World: Survival or Surrender?

Only a few months ago Democrats were issuing slurs and insults about the confusion and disarray of Republicans. Now, since the election results in...

HAYDEN HOLLINGSWORTH: How Do You Worry Me . . .

. . . Let me count the ways.  Apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning but I just couldn’t resist. I had promised myself that I would...