Category Archives: Musings

Independence Day

Images of the Fourth of July as recognized and celebrated in America. Includes photographs from a half-century of work as a photojournalist and a recent decade as a cinematographer. Continue Reading

Racists, traitors and enemies of the State

Racists, traitors and enemies of the State

In 1965, as a freshman at The University of Virginia, I had the privilege of studying the American Civil War under a professor of Southern birth who was an educator who believed in the truth and not the lives of mythology.

“The South lost the war because it believed in slavery and promoted racism,” he said. “Then, after the war, it depended on its own propagandists to bury its racism under the mythology of a ‘heritage’ that did not exist.” Continue Reading

July 4th weekend approaches

July 4th weekend approaches

With the 4th of July weekend upon us, add fireworks to the mix of music, art, farmers markets and more to Floyd County activities. Floyd Artisan Market kicks off at 5:00 p.m. Friday at the Community Market Pavilion at 205 South Locust Street. Floyd Artists Association holds it First Friday Reception at 203 South Locust… Continue Reading

Con artists who prey on the gullible

Con artists who prey on the gullible

A willingness to fleece one’s fellow men and women dominated court actions in Floyd, Virginia, and Cleveland, Ohio, and both cases involved the actions of those who stole from residents locally. Paul Allen, the smooth-talking con man who claimed to develop data centers but really only constructed ways to separate good people from their money,… Continue Reading

I am who I am.  So?

I am who I am. So?

Jim Echols, the city editor who hired me at The Roanoke Times in 1965, often said a true newspaperman defies categorization by those who believe in stereotypes. Continue Reading

Supreme Court spoke.  Was justice served?

Supreme Court spoke. Was justice served?

The United States Supreme Court last week declared gay marriage the law of the land and a right guaranteed by the Constitution. The question is settled.  If you don’t like it, too bad.  The battle is over.  Move on. A day earlier, the same court decided that the Affordable Health Care Act, also known as… Continue Reading

More slurry slop

More slurry slop

Earlier this month we were promised fixes to the incredibly poor resurfacing job by Slurry Paving of Richmond on U.S. 221 from Christiansburg Pike north to Roger Road.

The company arrived back last week and “finished up” at the beginning of this week.

The result? More of the same. Continue Reading

Just burn the damn thing

Just burn the damn thing

Public opinion condemning the racism that the Confederate flag promotes continues to rise amid bi-partisan calls to bury this symbol of hatred, prejudice and intolerance. Many point to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that says the Sons of Confederate Veterans have no rights under the First Amendment to force states to issue spcial license… Continue Reading

Get rid of the Confederate flag

Get rid of the Confederate flag

The Confederate flag, symbol of misplaced claims of tradition among proponents and flag of racism for opponents, is on the run. Even Wal-Mart is ridding itself of anything adorned with the racist icon from its shelves and web sites. Wal-Mart announced Monday that the Confederate flag is now verboten at its stores and will no… Continue Reading

Cruisin’ and Jammin’ at Wildwood Farms

Cruisin’ and Jammin’ at Wildwood Farms

Car enthusiasts and music lovers enjoyed the weather Sunday at the Cruise-In and Jam Session at Wildwood Farms General Store on Rte. 221 South of Floyd.

Vintage cars, hot cars and unusual vehicles spread out on the grass and the musicians jammed at the Pickin’ Porch outdoors.

A good time on a Sunday afternoon.

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The dad I never really knew

The dad I never really knew

In March of 1944, a young sailor and electrician’s mate in the Navy, and battle-tested veteran of World War II, in the Pacific walked into the gas rationing office at the Norfolk Navy Yard in Virginia to seek extra coupons to ride his Harley-Davidson to Tampa, Florida, to visit his parents. Continue Reading

Granddad chases women…

Nothin’ Fancy, the Bluegrass group out of Lexington, gave the audience a listen to an unrecorded tune about “Granddad chases women out at the local retirement home” during their concert at The Floyd Country Store Thursday night as part of the Crooked Road Mountain Music Homecoming week. Continue Reading

The music and stories of a banjo master

The music and stories of a banjo master

For 90 minutes or so Thursday at The Floyd Country Store, bluegrass banjo picker Sammy Shelor of Meadows of Dan poured out music selections and stories around his music and his life as part of the Crooked Road Mountain Music Homecoming week in Southwestern Virginia. Shelor told about how he met and played with musical… Continue Reading

Floyd Radio Show and more this weekend

Floyd Radio Show and more this weekend

The Mountain Music Homecoming of The Crooked Road goes into its final weekend along with increased threats of rain, thunderstorms and sweltering heat. An outdoor presentation of The Floyd Radio Show in Warren Lineberry Park along with music, art and more await those who seek weekend activities. Martin Harlow & Anette Battle provide music over… Continue Reading