A few thoughts on a cold Sunday

Damn, it’s cold out this morning. Probably some black ice on some of Floyd County’s secondary roads. Think I will wait until the thermometer hits 40 or so today (the forecast calls for a high of 44) before venturing out to pick up wife Amy’s meds. If the National Weather Service office in Blacksburg is […]

Time to give up on politics?

Politics have, unfortunately, been part of my life for too long. I covered elections as a newspaperman, starting with local ones while working for The Floyd Press as a high school student, then state and national ones as a reporter for The Roanoke Times in the last 60s. Coverage of elections and actions by governmental […]

I’m a newspaperman. It’s what I do.

In 2015, 11 years after I got off my last coast-to-coast flight covering my last Presidential election as a photographer, a photo editor in Washington called to see if I might be interested in a contract to cover the 2016 Presidential election. The 13-month contract would take me around the country, away from Floyd and […]

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 down any indictments. […]

Old year out, new year in

With calendar year 2016 coming to an end at midnight Saturday, the usual attempt to look back at the previous 12 months is a mixture of grief, gratitude, anger, happiness and relief. Amy and I felt the pain of ┬áloss of too many people in 2016, including some she or I have known over the […]