Once a newspaperman, always one

Once a newspaperman, always one

After graduation from Floyd County High School in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, I left my rural area to pursue a career as a newspaperman. Four decades later, I returned to the county after 17 years with daily newspapers, 12 years as a political operative and...
Following the volleyballers

Following the volleyballers

I’ve spent the past 14 years shooting high school sports for media and it is interesting how some of the sports have evolved. One is volleyball, which has become a more popular sport among the young ladies on the high school teams and the...
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...
Enemy of the State

Enemy of the State

I’m less than a year from reaching my seventh decade of living. At 69, I will turn 70 by the end of the year, if I’m still breathing and above ground. I do so as “an enemy of the state.” No, a local or state or federal grand jury has not handed...