The string of eyebrow-raising theatrical productions in the Roanoke Valley of late continued last night with the opening of Showtimers “August: Osage County,” a play that introduced us to Roanoke newcomer Heidi Lane. Ms. Lane, a North Carolina theater veteran,...

The death of former pro football player Aaron Hernandez has brought out a lot of ugly talk, a lot of inappropriate humor and a hot argument about the difference between “hung” and “hanged.” I went to Merriam-Webster and discovered this...

Margie and I don’t often get to simply take off in the middle of the day and do what we want (I’m flexible, she’s usually not so much), but today was an exception. I had to run around Roanoke to...

Yesterday, I asked my Facebook friends to relate their best moments as¬† parents and I got some fun, some touching, some instructional comments that I’d like to share with you. I would relate my own, but I wasn’t much of...

The weekend was a big one for the kids, visiting the Memphis Aquarium, the zoo, an Easter Egg Roll and playing in a big park. My daughter-in-law saved the memory  and shared it with me. Here they are.

Religious holidays tend to make those of us of the un-religious persuasion top feel left out. If we let them. I don’t. I like to celebrate holidays like yesterday’s Easter by visiting the intensely spiritual forests of our Western Virginia.That’s...

Embarked on the annual mulch quest this morning and it was a smidge more difficult than usual. I was bound and determined to get an affordable load from a pile and not a dozen bags this time.; So I went...

Yet another former employee of Roanoke’s daily paper, Mike Hudson, who was there 20 years, has won a Pulitzer Prize. He was part of a team that won this year for Explanatory Reporting, working for the International Consortium of Investigative...

The Pulitzer Prizes announced today (here) were highlighted by a reporter who, in essence, pissed off Donald Trump with coverage and led Trump to call him a “nasty guy.” The Washington Post’s David Farenthold didn’t do anything unusual for an...