Category: Musings

Musings

Am I an atheist? No. Any more questions?

Sunday mornings are good times to answer questions that arose during the previous week.  Some come in by email, other via social media and a few via phone. One question this week sticks out:  “I understand your are an atheist?  Why?” This inquiry came via email, so I answered it back. “I’m sorry, but what

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Reporting hot issues generates controversy

In 1967, a friend introduced me to a 16-year-old student at Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke not long  after she had a then-illegal abortion at the hands of a medical student paying for his doctor’s education by charging $200 for the procedure. Her story a young girl who got pregnant from the evening she

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Public display of affection or sexual harassment?

Here in our section of the Blue Ride Mountains of Virginia, many of us are touchy-freely. I sometimes hug women I haven’t seen for a long time. It’s the way we are. So, apparently, is former vice president Joe Biden. Biden comes from a culture in and around his hometown — Scranton, Pennsylvania — where

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Racism and hate? Wasn’t raised that way

From an early age, I’ve dealt harshly with people who look down on others different from them. Spent my pre-school years in Gibsonton, Florida — then the recognized winter home of the carnies who worked on carnivals and sideshows — taught me to recognize those different from us as nothing more than just other folks,

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First weekend of April promises a lot

Welcome to April.  Does the time seem to fly by in 2019? First Saturday of the month brings The Floyd Radio Show at the Country Store at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the international draw of The Friday Night Jamboree, Sunday music jams at Wildwood Farms and the Country Store, an afternoon benefit concert on Saturday at

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Not getting getting it on like before? You’re not alone

Not the kind of news we expected to see:  In 2018, the share of American adults who admit having no sex for the past year hit an all-time high. Nearly one in four American adults aren’t getting it on for at least a year.  The folks at General Social Survey call this “the Great American

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Liberty Bell sold? Not really

I had just settled into a seat on the Orange Line of Washington’s Metro subway on Monday, April 1, 1996, and opened my copy of The New York Times to read during the 25 minute ride into Washington and my office. A full-page announcement caught my eye, informing all readers that Taco Bell had purchased

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Lies, damn lies and Donald Trump

Reading the news on this Sunday morning found a lot of attention by the media president Donald Trump calling his tribe the “party of health care” when neither he nor his party have any proposed program to replace the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Trump’s Republicans are running for cover on this one.

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Debate over Spandex & leggings

Two young women, wearing just leggings and t-shirts, walked along Locust Street in the town of Floyd Friday and every man/boy they passed turned and watched them strut. The scene brings back memories of a verse from the popular country song by Joe Diffie  (Third Rock from the Sun) She walks into Smokey’s one hip

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Last weekend of March: Fun & sun

Last weekend of March brings music, events and more to our little corner here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Floyd County Tourism Director Pat Sharkey reported outstanding growth of the county’s tourism and entertainment offerings and temperatures on Friday will be in the high 60s and in the mid-60s on Saturday with a chance of

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