News, views and musings from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia

As Antarctica melts, parts of America could drown

The climate professionals at the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) tell us the weather is changing and most of the change is not good. Icecaps are melting at both poles and a dangerous increase in melting in Antarctica, if it continues, will raise ocean levels to dangerous depths that will change the boundaries around the world.

The Florida Keys will disappear along with other coastal regions in this country, including Miami and parts of Manhattan. Homes and business buildings will disappear into the ocean depths. Those who claim global warming is a fraud and all of this is “God’s will” are like those who predict a constantly changing date of Armageddon.Read More…

In Floyd, they will be drinking to that

In Floyd, they will be drinking to that

Floyd, if all goes according to plan, will soon have a liquor store — an outlet of the state-owned Alcohol Beverage Control operation that controls over-the-counter purchases of booze in Virginia. Ironically, the new ABC store will replace the former Mormon Church that resided between Mickey G’s and the local health club on Rte. 8…(Read More)

An apology from a former political operative

An apology from a former political operative

I had to turn my back on a couple of long-time acquaintances and walk away from them this week. An attempt to talk reasonably about politics (in one case) or religion (in the other) turned into shouting matches filled with cliches, stereotyping and anger. Others tell me that such things happen more and more often…(Read More)

In the end, it doesn’t get any better in life

In the end, it doesn’t get any better in life

A delightful day of riding Virginia roads with friends from the Roanoke Valley Harley Owners Group.

Our group included manager of one of the largest Krogers in the area, owners of two 7-Elevens in Roanoke, a pharmacy manager, a Appalachian Power official, a retired Air Force veteran, a retired Marine and others. (Read More)

Time to ride and ponder

Time to ride and ponder

A weekend to ride, think and reflect. Spring arrived Friday afternoon and the weather is pleasant for Friday and Saturday. So my Harley Switchback and I are headed out, first for a visit for coffee and donuts, and then on the road for some time to ride. Part of this is love of motorcycles.  But…(Read More)

Raindrops are falling on our heads

Rain arrives just as Spring is ready to arrive in Southwestern Virginia.

Cooler temperatures arrived as well but the thermometer goes back up in another day and sun arrives for the the weekend.(Read More)

Video

A Dose of Dylan

A gathering of area musicians paid tribute to Bob Dylan Saturday night at the Floyd Country Store with music, stories and even a Dylan impersonator with wig and sunglasses.Read More…

Sports

A game that could have gone either way

A game that could have gone either way

For the first half of the final of the 2A basketball girls’ championship game at the Siegel Center in Richmond, the Floyd County High School Lady Buffaloes looked like the team that could end a 28-game winning streak of the Wise County Central Warriors. Floyd dominated the game in the first two quarters, sinking shots,…Continue Reading

News

Snowbirds, get wish

Snowbirds, get wish

Floyd County Schools, reeling from the snow that covered parts of the area Saturday evening, struck with extreme cold temperatures that could affect starting of diesel school buses and facing a new storm that is expected to hit before noon today, closed their doors Monday. Also on the postponement block is the conference basketball playoff…Continue Reading

Photography

Autumn Moon

Autumn Moon

The November full moon that appeared over the football field at Floyd County High School last Friday night. Photographed during the game on a Canon EOS-1 D-X with a 300mm f/2.8 lens and a 1.4 x telephoto adapter, which creates a 420 mm telephoto. The moon was so bright I was able to capture a…Continue Reading