Go away bully!

I walked out of the back door of the courthouse, focused on my thoughts. I was working as a small-town newspaper reporter in Virginia and needed to get back to the office to write up my story for the next day’s paper. When I returned to my desk, I would be pressed for time, so... Continue Reading →

Finding the silver linings

Covid has changed our lives in so many ways. Many people have lost friends and family members. The pandemic has permanently shut down businesses and hurt us in the pocketbook. It's changed us in other serious ways too. I naturally see the challenges, but the part of me that tries to find the good in even... Continue Reading →

Missing the mark in July

John Adams had it wrong.  When the Continental Congress voted in favor of Virginia Delegate Richard Henry Lee’s resolution for independence on July 2, 1776, John Adams figured the day would be one for the history books. He wrote to his wife Abigail that July 2 “will be celebrated, by succeeding generations, as the great... Continue Reading →

Blame it on those damn liberals!

I’m walking along an old trail in the woods and I’m lost. I stop to catch my breath and take a look around. I can’t tell if I’m headed in the right direction or taken a wrong turn a mile back. Everything looks familiar and unfamiliar all at the same time.  When I start up... Continue Reading →

Losing time and sleep!

I grew up in rural, farm country. I get the need for Daylight Saving Time (DST) — the practice of setting clocks forward by one hour in the spring and then back one hour in the fall, so that darkness falls at a later clock time — but its usefulness has come and gone.  Let's... Continue Reading →

Grand Reopening?

Covid-19 has hammered communities across the country with the death toll crossing the 525,000 mark. With two vaccines now being pushed out to the public and a third from Johnson & Johnson starting to make its way, parents and educators have been raising the question about when public schools should return full time. I've gotten an... Continue Reading →

Running from Covid

I turned to look behind me. The coast was clear. No one was following my car. I looked again. In my rearview mirror, I noticed a suspicious-looking driver in a white truck. I was able to see that he wore his baseball cap low and had dark sunglasses. I wondered if he wore the outfit... Continue Reading →

Sticking with love

While I dug into my bag to find my reporter's notebook and pen, he poured me a glass of sweet tea. We sat at his kitchen table and he couldn’t have been nicer. I had called him for help with my story and he suggested that since he had the day off from work, I... Continue Reading →

Ugly Americans

With the moon a bright, white globe lighting up the nighttime sky, my wife and I ran up the granite steps. We made sure to watch out for the cluttered groups of teenagers and families in front of us, gawking and taking selfies. With the weather so nice, everyone wanted to get out and enjoy... Continue Reading →

The elephant in the room

Earlier this summer, I found myself without a job. One day I was working on an important client project and had meetings taking up much of my day, the next I was combing job sites and ramping up networking efforts on LinkedIn. My first response to the Covid-related job loss was to panic. My next... Continue Reading →

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