Category Archives: Musings

We ride to honor those we lose

We ride to honor those we lose

Began the weekend Friday with a motorcycle ride from Pilot to Jacksonville Cemetery to remember and honor Bobby and Pam Clark of Floyd County. They died in a tragic accident coming home from a church service in Henry County on August 21.

Finished the weekend Sunday with a ride down to Roanoke for a Roanoke Valley Harley Owners Group ride to remember Jeff Eller of Copper Hill, who died in his sleep on June 22. He was remembered at the group’s annual gathering of members we lost last year. Then we climbed back on our bikes to ride to Milanos between Christiansburg and Blacksburg for a dinner in his honor.

Three friends who shared a love of riding. Three friends who were also more than friends. Continue Reading

Yes, we live in violent times

Yes, we live in violent times

The violent and tragic deaths WDBJ journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward while shooting a live segment at Smith Mountain Lake Wednesday morning brought a chorus of “how can something like this happen here?” Sadly, such things happen just about everywhere nowadays and has been happening here for some time. Two journalists died at the… Continue Reading

Floyd drops home football opener 30-28

Floyd drops home football opener 30-28

Floyd County High School appeared headed for a halftime lead of 14-13 Friday night in the varsity football home opener against Carroll County but a fumble set up a field goal by the Cavaliers to give them a two-point lead of 16-14 over the Buffaloes. The game could have gone the other way in the… Continue Reading

A tragic week to face death and realities

A tragic week to face death and realities

This tragic time began with an accident that took Bobby and Pam Clark away from us one week ago. Then a madman killed Alison Parker and Adam Ward, two vibrant members of our broadcast journalism community, on live TV at Smith Mountain Lake Wednesday. Today, I remember Ethel McPeak Thompson Bolt, my mother, who passed… Continue Reading

Lots to do this weekend

Lots to do this weekend

It’s the final weekend of August and the last one before Labor Day. Friday activities: Floyd Artisan Market, Community Pavilion, 205 South Locust Street, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Vintage Blue Meets World Jazz, with Scott Perry and David McGregor at The Jacksonville Center, 220 Parkway Lane South, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Friday Night… Continue Reading

Alison Parker & Adam Ward deserved more

Alison Parker & Adam Ward deserved more

Like so much of his life, the name Vester Lee Flanagan II used as a broadcast reporter during his 11 months at WDBJ television in Roanoke was a phony.  He called himself Bryce Williams and there was, in the words of one former WDBJ reporter “something not right with him.” He fought with cameramen, tried… Continue Reading

The misinformation cow path

The misinformation cow path

Unlike former Vice President, and unsuccessful Presidential candidate, Al Gore, who once claimed he “created the Internet,” I actually had a hand — albeit a small one — in the creation of the online phenomenon. In the 1980s, as the “Special Assistant to the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science and Technology,” I… Continue Reading

Football starts at home Friday

Football starts at home Friday

Football home games begin this week at Floyd County High School with the Buffaloes squaring off against Carroll County at 7 p.m. Friday. The home season for volleyball was scheduled to start Thursday against George Wythe but was cancelled and the first game in Floyd comes on September 8 against Ford Chiswell, followed by matches… Continue Reading

The Blue Eyed Betty’s

The Blue Eyed Betty’s

They are called “The Blue Eyed Betty’s” and their song list is eclectic and entertaining. The Betty’s — Ben Meckel on guitar, Sarah Hund on fiddle and Daniel Emond on banjo — returned to The Floyd Country Store’s Americana Afternoon Saturday with their mix of traditional, pop, country and original compositions on a daily mix… Continue Reading

Dancing and more

Dancing and more

Music in the streets and on stage at the Friday Night Jamboree in Floyd. Those who shuffled their feet and shake it often get as much attention, or even more, than those playing the music on the stages in the Jamboree or in the alcoves on the street. It’s Friday night in Floyd and the… Continue Reading

When anger rules, everyone loses

When anger rules, everyone loses

After getting drenched by protests, threats and obscenities from those who said they were members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, those who run Washington & Lee University in Lexington told the group to stay the hell away from the school. “The persistent name-calling, villification and uncivil attacks in messages to the university, letters t… Continue Reading

Summer winding down

Summer winding down

Living and working in the Washington, DC, area for 23 years puts one in a relax and reboot mode in Augusts. August is when Congress shuts down for a month, many federal workers go on vacation and traffic in the city and area is actually manageable. Since leaving the National Capital Region in 2004, it… Continue Reading

Born to ride

My fascination with motorcycles, particularly Harley-Davidsons, is a source of confusion, dread and sometimes envy among friends. Continue Reading

Grin and bear it

Grin and bear it

The black form on the side of the road on U.S. 221 near Bent Mountain early Sunday morning was too large for a cat as I approached it on my motorcycle around 7:30 a.m. while riding to Buchanan for breakfast. It was a black bear cub, ambling along the road.  If mama  bear was around,… Continue Reading

And my handicap is what?

And my handicap is what?

All of my vehicles — cars, SUVs and even motorcycles — have one thing in common — a handicapped license plate. That, however, does not prevent confrontations with others who question my right to park my Harley Davidsons in a handicapped spot. Invariably, someone will walk — or more often run — up to me… Continue Reading

Keeping the music on the streets of Floyd

Keeping the music on the streets of Floyd

The musicians who provide the Friday night free street show in Floyd are working with the town to try and work out a way to provide the music and a safe place for the fans to watch, dance and enjoy themselves. They are moving their performances to safer areas along Locust Street, including Lineberry Park… Continue Reading

Anger shapes national & local elections

Anger shapes national & local elections

Anger appears to be driving voter attitudes in this election year as polls show a flamboyant billionaire controlling the Republicans and a socialist leading the way for Democrats in the race for President. Voters, we are told, are mad as hell at the way things are and think, at least for the moment, that their… Continue Reading

Athletics already into the new season at FCHS

Athletics already into the new season at FCHS

School started officially in Floyd County Tuesday but the high school’s golf team is already several games into the season and played at Great Oaks Country Club the afternoon of opening day for classes. For the golfers, the season opened last week at Draper, followed by a home game the next day, and then at… Continue Reading