Category Archives: Musings

It’s the Fourth of July Weekend

It’s the Fourth of July Weekend

The start of the second month of an already-busy summer.  Let the good times roll. With good weather in the forecast, Floyd can expect music and fun in the street from late afternoon to late in the evening. Floyd Artists Association hosts First Friday at their gallery in the Station on South Locust, 203 S.… Continue Reading

Let the good times roll

Let the good times roll

Rule of motorcycle riding:  Never backtrack, if possible.  If you take one route to a location, find another way back.  Too boring to just go back the way you came. Had to head over to Black Bear Harley-Davidson in Wytheville Wednesday morning for the 20,000 mile service on my Switchback.  Actually, it was the 21,643… Continue Reading

Hi!  Devil here.  Nice to meet ya

Hi! Devil here. Nice to meet ya

I’ve been called the devil a lot in my life. “Satan” is another term.  So is “godless.” Why?  Because I ask questions that often make people nervous. Asking such questions are what I do.  Been doing so as a newsman for more than half a century. Spiro Agnew unleashed a verbal barrage when I asked… Continue Reading

Supremes to domestic abusers: ‘No guns’

Supremes to domestic abusers: ‘No guns’

The United States Supreme Court, in a 6-2 decision, laid down the law on domestic abusers Monday, saying that those who abuse at home shouldn’t own a gun. A good idea.  Someone with a history of beating their spouse or significant other should not have easy, legal access to a tool that will inflict even… Continue Reading

When the storm strikes, little survives

When the storm strikes, little survives

Officials closed the exit from Interstate 64 just across the state line in West Virginia at U.S. 60 at White Sulphur Springs Sunday.  Debris and damage from the massive storm and flooding that wracked the area last week closed the town’s Main Street. Those wanting to help with the recovery/cleanup and the search for bodies… Continue Reading

Dancing in the streets

Dancing in the streets and on the stages at The Friday Night Jamboree and the streets of Floyd on the last Friday night of June.

It was, of course, a good time had by all. Continue Reading

Religious targeting of gays?

Religious targeting of gays?

A number of area religious zealots who, in my opinion, attempt to rationalize their bias with misuse of “the word of God,” have gone after me on Social Media over the past couple of weeks because I have said publicly that I do not believe the God I worship is opposed to alternative lifestyles like… Continue Reading

Dancing up a storm

Dancing up a storm

They danced — young and older — on the streets and in The Friday Night Jamboree on a hot, muggy evening for the last weekend of June. These images are frame grabs of video shot.  With luck, the video will be up by Sunday.   Continue Reading

Dr. Ralph Stanley: 1927-2016

Dr. Ralph Stanley: 1927-2016

Virginia and bluegrass lost a lost a legend Thursday night. Ralph Edmund Stanley, “Dr. Ralph,” died from skin cancer at age 89. The man from Spraddle Creek in Dickenson County first played a banjo, given to him by his mother, in church at 11. After serving in the Amy in World War II, Stanley and… Continue Reading

Busy final weekend of June

Busy final weekend of June

Want something to do this weekend?  Not hard to find something. Friday, June 24 The Floyd Artisan Market shows off its wares in the Community Market Pavilion at 205 S. Locust St. from 5 – 9 p.m. The Friday Night Jamboree kicks off at 6:30 pm. at The Country Store, 206 S. Locust St., with… Continue Reading

Dangers of ‘unsocial media’

Dangers of ‘unsocial media’

Social media, we too often discover, is blatantly unsocial and leads to anger and hate.  I’ve received angry private messages on Facebook from church parishioners  who have told me to “go to hell” or say they were sorry they prayed for me when I was recovering from a motorcycle accident in 1012 and 2013. Others… Continue Reading

Soccer

Soccer

Floyd County’s expanded Parks & Recreation Authority is showcased on Monday and Wednesday nights by soccer on multiple fields with hundreds of kids playing the round ball. Not only are the kids having a good time, the games show budding talents that could end up on the FCHS boys and soccer teams in the future.… Continue Reading

Jennifer Brody and The 13th Continuum

Jennifer Brody and The 13th Continuum

Author Jennifer Brody read from her new science-fiction novel, The 13th Continuum, at Floyd-Montgomery Library Saturday as part of a promotion tour for her debut novel. Brody is the daughter of Jonathan and Jeri Rogers of Floyd.  She is an honors graduate of Harvard and lives in Los Angeles. More photos and info in an… Continue Reading

It was a chili day

It was a chili day

The skies cleared for a while, allowing the annual chili cook off featuring spicy creations from the Fire Department and Rescue Squads of Floyd County to flow from the pots at Lineberry Park Friday afternoon. Postponed by weather earlier in the year, the cook off brought chili samplers in while others kept a wary eye… Continue Reading

Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys

Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys

Bluegrass legend Jesse McReynolds and The Virginia Boys took to the stage of The Floyd Country Store Thursday night as part of The Crooked Road Homecoming series of concerts throughout Southwestern Virginia. McReynolds, who is 86, was part of the Jim and Jesse bluegrass duo and pioneered a mixture of “cross picking” and “split string”… Continue Reading

Chili, music, cars, art & pancakes for weekend

Chili, music, cars, art & pancakes for weekend

A chili cook off kicks off the weekend’s activities Friday afternoon as the fire department and the rescue squads of Floyd County face off in Lineberry Park on South Locust Street, starting at 4 p.m. and running until 7. The Floyd Country Store hosts old time dance lessons from 5-6 p.m. at 206 South Locust… Continue Reading

O.J. Simpson, racism, Donald Trump and the dark side

O.J. Simpson, racism, Donald Trump and the dark side

This week marks 22 years since the Los Angeles police chased former football star O.J. Simpson as he threatened to kill himself after his former wife and a man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time were brutally murdered in the fashionable section of Brentwood in California. I had been oblivious to… Continue Reading

Ministers speak: Gays are not sinners

Ministers speak: Gays are not sinners

There’s too much hate in the world today and far too much of it is based on what some claim is the “word of God.” Religious fundamentalists claim homosexuality is a sin.  I disagree.  So do a number of ministers who know a hell of a lot more about what is said in scripture about… Continue Reading