Category Archives: Musings

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.

“If you do your job correctly you will be called a Republican by Democrats, a Democrat by Republicans, a rightie by lefties or the other way around,” he said. “You have six months to piss off at least half the folks who read this newspaper. If you don’t, I will fire your ass and find someone who will.” 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

Sex: Yes, no or maybe?

Sex: Yes, no or maybe?

Back in the days when sex was a hot and often unresolved debate between single men and women, there was a lot of discussion on whether or not “no” really meant “no.”

“No” in those days was more of a starting point for pursuit, persistence and a lot of hands-on activity. Continue Reading