Category Archives: Musings

A weekend of activities to end July

A weekend of activities to end July

Floyd dominates national attention even more than usual this week with FloydFest 16 — Dreamweavin’ on stage, in campgrounds and on the mark just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at 856 Rock Castle Gorge. The five days of activities got underway Wednesday and continues around the clock until Sunday evening, featuring legends like Gregg Allman,… Continue Reading

Images of FloydFest 16

Images of FloydFest 16

FloydFest is many things: The shows, the music, the atmosphere, the weather. FloydFest 16 – Dreamweavin’ — began Wednesday as the people, the vendors, the entertainers and more began arriving. Continue Reading

FloydFest 16 – Dreamweavin’ kicks off

FloydFest 16 – Dreamweavin’ kicks off

FloydFest 16 – Dreamweavin’ kicks off Wednesday afternoon with Dalton Dash  on the Pink Floyd Garden Stage at  at 5:45 p.m. The Pink Floyd and Speakeasy stages will be the locations for acts Wednesday night as festival goers start arriving and things get underway Thursday with acts, vendors and food offerings open and ready for… Continue Reading

Donald Trump: A wilting presence in Roanoke

Donald Trump: A wilting presence in Roanoke

Those crazy enough to venture out in the heat of Roanoke Monday heard the man who claims he is the only one qualified to lead America bitch and moan about how hot he was, literally, under the lights of the ballroom at Hotel Roanoke. “This hotel should be ashamed,” bombastic Donald Trump told those of… Continue Reading

Don’t Stop the Beat

Don’t Stop the Beat

Da. Da. Da. Dat. Dat. Da. Dat. On any given fall Friday at Floyd County High School, the sound of the drum line’s cadence marks the last fifteen minutes or so of the school day. Continue Reading

Tim Kaine: Hillary Clinton’s VP pick

Tim Kaine: Hillary Clinton’s VP pick

Tim Kaine first appeared at Floyd’s famous Friday Night Jamboree in 2005 with governor Mark Warner. Kaine was running for Virginia’s top spot and won. Kaine was back twice in 2012 when he ran for the seat Sen. John Warner was leaving and he beat former governor and senator George Allen for the job. Presumptive… Continue Reading

Sage advice from a politician and friend

Sage advice from a politician and friend

Manuel Lujan, a Republican Congressman from New Mexico, was my boss for several years during my time in Washington. I served as his press secretary and campaign communications consultant in 1982 when Lujan, then a Congressman for 12 years, faced a tough election against then New Mexico Treasurer Jan Hartke, son of former Indiana Sen.… Continue Reading

Remember and thank our police

Remember and thank our police

In a rural community like Floyd, we know most of the law enforcement officers of the Sheriff’s department or the State Troopers assigned to our county. They are friends we see in church, shopping for food at the grocery stores, dancing at The Friday Night Jamboree and patrolling our roads and keeping our lives safe.… Continue Reading

Photographing and filming good times

Photographing and filming good times

Most readers of Blue Ridge Muse know that I spend a lot of time on the streets of Floyd on Friday nights, capturing the fans who enjoy the music in the warmer months of the year. I’ve shot thousands of photos and filmed hours of the action on the streets.  I try to capture people… Continue Reading

Think it’s hot now?  Just wait…

Think it’s hot now? Just wait…

Looks like another hot, humid day here in the mountains of Southwestern Virginia. While changing water filters Sunday morning, noticed lots of condensation on the pipes from the increased humidity that has saturated the area with oppressive heat. The temperature in the 60s this morning will be in the mid 80s by noon and flirting… Continue Reading

Missing the Presidential Convention

Missing the Presidential Convention

The Republican National Convention, otherwise known as the coronation of Donald Trump as the party’s presidential nominee as well as the possible death knell of both the GOP and any common sense in our American political system, kicks off Monday in Cleveland. The increasing absurdity of our political system comes into full focus by the… Continue Reading

Friday Nights in Floyd, Virginia

Music on the streets and on the stage venues on a Friday night in Floyd, Virginia.

It is a gathering of musicians, music fans and visitors to the Blue Ridge Mountain Community in Southwestern Virginia. Continue Reading

Too much anger, even behind the wheel

Too much anger, even behind the wheel

Not much love in today’s America.  Lots of anger. We see it all around us, even on the road. Get mad while driving?  Want to take that anger out on someone you feel wronged you out on the road? You’re not alone.  A new study by the American Automobile Association shows eight our of every… Continue Reading

Justice Ginsburg’s necessary verdict on Trump

Justice Ginsburg’s necessary verdict on Trump

Like so many Americans, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had it with Donald Trump. “He is a faker,” she says of the egomaniac, self-promoting billionaire who is also the presumptive GOP nominee for President.  “He has no constituency about him.  He says whatever comes into his head at the moment.  He really has… Continue Reading

Emily Stansberry: A valuable addition

Emily Stansberry: A valuable addition

Lots of positive response and feedback Monday from the opening article by Emily Amber Stansberry, a writer whose work now appears on Blue Ridge Muse. “Incredible talent and a writer with a fresh and appealing style,” said a post on Facebook. “Such an amazing person,” said another.  “You’ve got a great addition to your team.”… Continue Reading

Reason for hope from our Floyd County teenagers

Reason for hope from our Floyd County teenagers

When my Facebook Messenger app “dinged” this evening, I crossed my living room to glance at my cell phone, expecting to find a shared video or article to read from friends or family. What I found instead was a message coming from abroad, from a former student of mine, a student who arrived in Berlin… Continue Reading

A weekend for goofing off

A weekend for goofing off

A weekend for myself.  I took no photos for publication and shot no video for any purpose. All of my available time Saturday and Sunday was spent with one of my Harleys and a lot of miles on the road. Rode down to Roanoke early Saturday morning for coffee and donuts at Roanoke Valley Harley… Continue Reading

Hatemongers among us

Hatemongers among us

“Understand this,” the private message on Facebook Saturday morning.  “I don’t just dislike you.  I hate you.  You are an insufferable bastard and many of us would like to see you gone from our part of this world and our lives.” The message came from a Floyd man who has posted insults and claims about… Continue Reading