Category Archives: Musings

Helping create what we have become

Helping create what we have become

Lots of email speeding back and forth in the cyber ether about the now obvious conclusion that Donald Trump is the only one left standing in the Republican debacle called the 2016 Presidential Campaign nominating process. Several friends and cronies from my days as a political operative in Washington are, largely, wringing their hands and… Continue Reading

The politics of hate, bigotry and racism

The politics of hate, bigotry and racism

Came home from a meeting Tuesday night to find all hell breaking loose online as editors of Capitol Hill Blue, my political news web site, dealt with the expected win of Donald Trump in the Indiana GOP primary and the unexpected withdrawal of long-shot challenger Ted Cruz from the Presidential race. We stayed up most… Continue Reading

One hail of a storm

That tiny white stuff falling in the area Monday night was hail, a brief but frenzied part of the storms that surged through the area later in the afternoon and continued into the evening. Continue Reading

Who the hell is that guy?

Who the hell is that guy?

An email over the weekend from a reporter working on a story about the early days of the “Apple Mac Revolution” included a PDF file of the April 1985 issue of Macworld Magazine and asked if the Doug Thompson interviewed and photographed in the article “Washington’s Capitol Improvement” was me. It was.  I had forgotten… Continue Reading

A Loving Story that Virginia could not stop

A Loving Story that Virginia could not stop

In the 1950s, Richard and Mildred Loving seemed, at best, an odd couple — particularly in Virginia at the time. Richard sported a crew cut, a thick backwoods Virginia accent and seemed, as his lawyer would later say, “like a redneck.” Mildred, the woman he married in 1958 in tiny Central Point, Virginia, was half-black,… Continue Reading

Long day, good mix of assignments

Long day, good mix of assignments

Working in journalism means few, if any, days that are the same.  Different stories, different assignments, different locations — all part of each and every day. Tuesday of this week provided a good example of what I do as a newspaperman for The Floyd Press: A full day with three assignments beginning with coverage of… Continue Reading

R.I.P. Nicole Mittendorff and damnation to cyberbullies

R.I.P. Nicole Mittendorff and damnation to cyberbullies

Fairfax County firefighter Nicole Mittendorff, 31, killed herself in Shenandoah National Park. Investigators say cyberbullies, many identifying themselves as male firefighters, tormented her online and are still taunting her memory on social media. Let’s hope the taunters were no more than fire department wannabes and not members of the Fairfax County squad where Mittendorff worked… Continue Reading

Varying prices at the gas pump

Varying prices at the gas pump

See gas is sneaking up some more locally with regular flirting with $2.00 a gallon for the first time in several months. Express Mart in Floyd lists unleaded regular at $1.99.9 a gallon.  Exxon was 2 cents cheaper.  Some other stations are down as low as $1.95 a gallon. The Kroger Station right across the… Continue Reading

Could social media drive you to suicide?

Could social media drive you to suicide?

Anxiety created by social media turmoil on the Internet ranks high among contributing factors to a sharp increase in suicides in America in the 21st century, says a new federal report released Friday. The data says last decade’s severe recession, more drug addition, increased social isolation and actions spurred by social media and the Internet… Continue Reading

Losing icons of our generation

Losing icons of our generation

Our generation lost another music icon Thursday when rock pioneer Prince died at his recording studio at his compound outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He joins a growing list of those who helped shape our awareness of various musical cultures in the 60s, 70s and 80:  David Bowie, Glenn Fry, Keith Emerson, Merle Haggard, Natalie Cole,… Continue Reading

Doing what I love; Loving what I do

Doing what I love; Loving what I do

As a long-time newspaperman, I spend much of my time observing and reporting on the actions of others. My cameras try to capture the beauty and artistry of high school athletes in their prime, musicians at their heights of creativity and expression and the community around us from an open perspective. The words I write… Continue Reading

We ride. Sometimes we crash

We ride.  Sometimes we crash

The dangers motorcyclists face each and every time we ride hit hard in the area over the weekend. Carl Edward Pence, 35, of Rocky Mount went down when his 2002 Harley Davidson struck a dear in the northbound lane of U.S. 220 just south of Route 635 around 8:35 p.m. in Franklin County Sunday. Pence… Continue Reading

Work can wait:  The open road cannot

Work can wait: The open road cannot

Overslept — something I seldom do — on Sunday morning. A long week covering meetings, sporting events and music ended when I fell into bed shortly after midnight on Saturday and slept well past my normal waking hour of 0500 Sunday. Woke up with several projects on the burner, including editing of video from two… Continue Reading

Entertaining evening devoted to Gordon Lightfoot

Entertaining evening devoted to Gordon Lightfoot

Got home late after filming entertaining tribute to Gordon Lightfoot at the Floyd Country Store — the third straight year of good shows aimed at the music of a legend in the music business. Filmed the one two years ago for Bob Dylan but missed last year for John Prine.  Too bad.  I heard from… Continue Reading

Morning Java

Morning Java

Each morning is faced with a first cup of coffee. The aroma of a fresh cup of java from our Bunn coffee maker is a fresh start of any day. On a normal 24-hour period, I will drink somewhere between one and two pots of coffee. The coffee of choice is not a gourmet or… Continue Reading

Middle School Track

Middle School Track

They don’t call it 8th grade sports now.  It’s Middle School which means seventh and eighth graders at Floyd or sometimes three grades at other locations. While Floyd does not, at the moment, have an actual “middle school” it does have MS teams and the young athletes competed, and did well, at an MS track… Continue Reading