Today’s solitary virus walk was concentrated downtown where there is an opportunity to shoot the city without a lot of traffic interfering with what I was aiming at. There were very few people downtown and those I saw (often walking...

Yesterday was a picture-perfect Virginia mountain spring day, including the late afternoon thundershowers, which served my newly-planted garden well. Last night the rain fell again, creating a pleasant noise on the metal awning outside my bedroom. Yesterday’s hike at Carvins...

It has become quite difficult to find a quiet, pretty place to walk alone in the Roanoke Valley, but I retain a few. Yesterday, I walked up the hill below Tinker Mountain and found refuge, some exercise, and a cousin...

I got a nice brainstorm Sunday as I watched my old, orange, big-headed iris nearly explode over my back yard. They came to me from Miss Julia, the late City Market Iris Lady and every year, I smile at them...

I combined a couple of errands with a bit of a hike today and found a good bit of entertainment along the way. First, I picked up several virus masks my friend Teresa Ellis made for me (they’re great) and...

To “Protect and to Serve” became the motto of the Los Angeles Police Department in 1963 and was ultimately adopted by a number of cop squads throughout the country. Today, I found evidence that retailers and grocery stores can legitimately...

My good friend Beth Garst called yesterday morning to tell me Keith Ferrell died Saturday. I was, of course, upset, a little disoriented and moving on automatic pilot for a few minutes because Keith was one of the closest friends...

One of my very best friends–ever–died Saturday and I’m broken-hearted. Keith Ferrell wasn’t just a good guy, he was notable in the field of letters, a writer of incredible output, an editor of one of the best magazines that ever...

If it’s Easter, I must be out in the woods with somebody who is important to me. This year, it was my friend Dina Inbriani, owner of Mountain Shepherd Outdoor Survival camp in Craig County. Dina teaches not only outdoor...

Jeez! I’ve been so busy being busy that I missed my 10th anniversary and I’m a guy who likes anniversaries as long as they don’t involve ex-wives or ex-girlfriends*. This special date was April 1, 2010, and I’ve been convinced...