August 22, 2017 / "During Times of Universal Deceit, Telling the Truth Becomes Revolutionary" - George Orwell

News, views and musings from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwestern Virginia

Remembering a full solar eclipse

Remembering a full solar eclipse

While on assignment in Manila, the Philippines, in 1998, I had the privilege of seeing and photographing a full solar eclipse as it swooped over the Far East. The sky went dark in the afternoon as several of us gathered on the roof of the Diamond Hotel, not far from the U.S. Embassy. I shot… Continue Reading

Lighting up the show at Cirque Du Floyd

Lighting up the show at Cirque Du Floyd

Chantilly Farms Saturday became the center ring and sideshow of Cirque Du Floyd, featuring acrobats, fire shows, ImaginAerial and more for six hours on the site off Franklin Pike northeast of Floyd. Shows included musicians, jugglers, magic and other events and New York based ImaginAerial brought gasps, shouts of delight and applause as the group… Continue Reading

When is ‘white’ not white?

When is ‘white’ not white?

An angry email missive this week from a Floyd County resident claimed I “forget that you are a white man and the white race is under attack!” His claim violated the first rule of assumptions:  When one assumes, without checking  the validity of the claim, the person makes an “ass” out of “u” and “me.”… Continue Reading

Connecting to the world

Connecting to the world

Each morning, I get up around 0500 (5:00 a.m.), start guzzling coffee, and go to work on a computer with multiple monitors and a broadband connection to the world, editing updates to a political news website that began just under 23 years ago in our den in Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC. Editors… Continue Reading

Music and sun on a Floyd Friday night

Tropical storm Cindy’s threatened visit to our area turned into more worry than actuality and sun and beautiful weather greeted Floyd’s Friday night musical offerings for those who ignored the weather forecast that originally threatened rain and storms. Continue Reading