The Kaine-Holton Tradition Continues

Woody Kaine

Woody Kaine, the son of Virginia Senator (and VP nominee last year) Tim Kaine, has been arrested for rioting at an anti-Trump event (March4Trump) and daddy is proud of his young’un. As he should be.

The Kaines and Holtons of Virginia are a notable family on a number of levels. You know about Kaine and his wondrous wife, Anne, the Virginia Secretary of Education and may remember that Linwood Holton (for whom Woody is named) was a Republican governor back when Republicans were still Americans. Linwood sent his children to newly-integrated public schools in the 1970s and opposed nutjob Republican gubernatorial candidates like Oliver North later.

Tim Kaine is quoted by the Washington Post as saying, “We love that our three children have their own views and concerns about current political issues. They fully understand the responsibility to express those concerns peacefully.” Tim’s brother Nat is a Marine and his sister Annella is in college. They are all sharp and independent.

From the video I’ve seen, the “riot” was hardly that and I’ve seen (and been in) real riots. This was more of a disagreeable dust-up with cops pretending we live in a police state.

Some years ago, when my son was in college and was serving his second year as president of his fraternity, the national governing board of Delta Tau Delta got pissed off at him because he thought there were far more important goals (like helping freshmen adjust to college, working in the community) for the frat to be involved in than homecoming floats. The governing board disagreed and fired Evan. Most of the fraternity left with my son. I was never more proud of him. I love it when kids spit in the face of unreasonable authority.


Welcome to the new me

As some of you know, this blog has been howling on Google’s Blogger host since late 2008. In the past two months, all the blog posts from 2016 and 2015 (and a few from 2017) have been removed by forces unknown from that Blogger site.

That represents well over 1,000 blog posts–nearly half a million words and at least a couple of thousand photos, conservatively. It also counts as many hours of writing, photographing, research and deep learning. It’s gone now and I am truly sad. My guess is that every year of those posts will eventually be removed by those unknown forces and so I have had to take action, this action. The blog is now hosted by WordPress and is part of my own website,

The look is standard and not yet customized, as it will be in the near future. I will work on that a little at a time, trying to give it the same bright and attractive appearance the Blogger site had. It took quite a while and a lot of failed attempts to develop that look and it will require some time here, as well. What we have, though, is a basic, readable site that will accommodate photos easily and wrap type around them when I need to. I must learn many of the attributes of this site, but right now, I know how to write it and put up photos. That’ll have to do for a while.

I hope you will subscribe and especially comment, something that should be considerably easier here than it was on Blogger. And I hope you enjoy reading this blog. A lot of me goes into it and I can’t tell you how much I enjoy writing and photographing for this record of the places and people in Western Virginia.