Age-related reflections

Age-related reflections

Attended visitation for an old friend, who died at age 70 in a nursing home of “an age-related illness,” his daughter in law said. Age-related: A term one lives with in later years. At 70, I hear my doctor — who is in his 80s — often tell me...
Time for a change?

Time for a change?

This web site has taken many forms over the years.  It was a business site that defined my free- lance activities in Washington, DC, over a 23 year period.  It was a blog for a while and even a news site but I have a hyperlocal site (Blue Ridge Muse) and a national...
Thoughts from the Blue Ridge

Thoughts from the Blue Ridge

The time, the Walrus said, to speak of many things. I write more than I speak and most of what I have written about for more than five decades concerns politics, most often about the failure of the political system that drives and — I believe — is...
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...