When ‘no’ was a preface to ‘yes’

When ‘no’ was a preface to ‘yes’

Had lunch the other day with an old friend from high school, actually an old girlfriend. We never dated in high school but hooked up in the late sixties when I worked as a reporter for the The Roanoke Times in Southwestern Virginia and she attended an area college. In...
Getting the cheers

Getting the cheers

Cheerleaders are a staple of sports, from high schools into colleges and with professional basketball and football teams. I find high school sports cheerleaders the best to photograph because of their energy and athleticism.  They add to the game without distraction...
Quiet moments in sports

Quiet moments in sports

Sports is often a lot of action, but there are quiet, reflective moments that draws my interests in different events.  Two cases in point.  The stare of the volleyballers at the net while they await the serve from their opponent or the quiet beauty of a golfer waiting...
The death spiral with crystal meth

The death spiral with crystal meth

Dana (not her real name) turned 18 a month ago and decided it was time to talk about how she lived her life as a high school student experimenting with crystal methamphetamine, sex with boys and sometime with other girls. “Someone like you may think I’m a...
Here comes the weekend

Here comes the weekend

Is Summer winding down? Good question.  Floyd County Public Schools open on Thursday, August 10, of next week.  Athletic practices have already begun. But wait.  The Galax Old Time Fiddler’s Convention kicks off Sunday when the campgrounds open and continues...
A decent weather week ahead

A decent weather week ahead

Last week, we saw threats of rain for several days.  This week looks mostly dry. Tuesday’s forecast from the National Weather Service shows partly cloudy conditions with a high temperature of about 80, a 10 percent chance of precipitation and humidity in the...