Category: Musings

Musings

Back into the routine called mowing

For the first time this year, my front yard is mowed — at least by me. Jeff Belshan and Keith Bowman graciously mowed it a few weeks ago, when both mower and I were laid up (for different reasons) but I’ m more or less on my feet now and another friend — Mitch Cundiff

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Full May moon over the Virginia Blue Ridge

Full moon over the nighttime sky this weekend in our corner of Southwestern Virginia and the Blut Ridge Mountains of Floyd County. Shot handheld with a Canon 5D MKIII and a 24-105mm zoom lens with the focal length set at 105mm at 1/15th of second shutter speed at f/5.6 at 800 ISO.

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As you bike it in the Tour de Floyd

An estimated 100+ riders took off on the Tour de Floyd Saturday morning from Chantilly Farms for both the longer, 100-km (62 miles) tour and other the shorter one on a sunny, beautiful day. Lots of action and enthusiasm.  More photos in the next edition of The Floyd Press.

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Pine Tavern Restaurant is on the market

Pine Tavern Restaurant is for sale. For $499,000, Reed and Jane Embrey will turn over the keys and deed to one of the county’s longtime icons. That’s for the restaurant and the building that houses it. The adjoining Pine Tavern Lodge is owned by others and is not on the market. The Embreys bought the

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The siren call of Washington

As much as we love living here in the mountains of Southwestern Virginia, an old itch to get back into the madness of Washington sometimes arises. A national political news web site that I edit each day may feed that itch.  For 23 years, I spent many days on Capitol Hill, the White House or

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Is there such a thing as a ‘normal’ work week?

Is it possible?  Are we heading into a dry week? No, it’s not.  While we may be dry Monday through Friday, Saturday’s forecast calls for showers and the same for Sunday. Plus, the forecasts from the National Weather Service shows a 20 percent chance of precipitation on Monday and 10 percent of the rest of

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My mother knew how to enjoy life

Ethel McPeak Thompson Bolt had a varied, interesting and often exciting life. Born Ethel McPeak in Meadows of Dan in 1923, she graduated from Willis High School.  She and her best friend Gaynor traveled the country to areas that both had read about in school.  One of the places they visited was a Mississippi River

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Fishing in the rain

Old fishing saying claims that when the rain falls, the fish bite and it seemed way Saturday with the annual Kids Fishing Day sponsored by the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department on Little River along Thunderstruck Road Saturday morning. The threat of severe thunderstorms threatened the event and while the rain fell briskly from time to

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Kids Fishing Day and other weekend events

The annual Kids Fishing Day sponsored by Floyd County Sheriff’s Department is set for Saturday on the Little River by Thunderstruck Saturday. Registration begins at 9 am with lines in the water at 10 until 1 pm with a free lunch and awards afterwards. Best way to get there is Rte. 8 to Slusher Store

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America’s Liar-in-Chief

My 23 years in our nation’s capital gives one a perspective on what does or does not work in government. Washington, DC, is — for better or worse — a microcosm of the nation it purports to both represent and govern. When the national capital region works, the nation thrives and feels proud. When it

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