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Sitting in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.. in an unbelievably secure case and under the tightest of guarded security is one of the largest diamonds in the world, the Hope Diamond. comments

One Sunday several years ago after we had moved to the valley full time, I was talking to a friend about something I had read in a newspaper. As I expressed my disbelief at what had been decided, he responded, "You don't understand, Roger. It's Shenandoah County. It's always been this way." comments

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Dear Unknown Driver: On Sept. 10, sometime between 8 and 10 p.m., you were driving northbound on Route 11 - Main Street - in Woodstock. You were right in front of our quaint, small town movie theatre in the heart of Shenandoah County. comments


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While visiting our home for the first time, a friend noticed the iMac sitting on a small desk in the corner of our very open living room. "That's an interesting spot for a computer. Is that temporary?" comments


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Our eastern forests are very different today then they were 300 years ago. Not only are there fewer acres, but their composition is different as well. comments


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The cool weather this week encourages many activities. Unlike the hot and humid conditions of last week, these past days invite us to get out and do that delayed yard work and to get needed exercise. comments


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Subaru's Outback is a best-selling five-passenger wagon that gets a little bigger for 2015, improving gas mileage, adding some horsepower and expanding already generous seating and cargo space. comments


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Amid the continuing controversy in Ferguson, Missouri, people sometimes wonder if the Bible has anything to say about racism. Actually, it says much about this issue that could provide a healing balm for our society, which is sick with its toxic effects. Right thinking leads to right living and wrong thinking leads to wrong living. What we know and believe are critical to how we act. comments


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During the last eight years in the country, Mary Ann and I have learned a whole new way of living. While our small holding is not a large farm, we have four acres to mow, and we attempt to stay on top of three more wooded acres. Red Hill is certainly more country than the acre lot and house in Hollin Hills where we lived before moving here full time. comments


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Our granddaughter, a rising sophomore in a Fairfax County high school, is unable to read the recipe book of her great-grandmother. No, she is not a student with special needs; she is, in fact, a good student who is taking some advanced courses. She can't, however, read or write cursive. comments


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Americans once had an appetite for sentimental, some would say "sticky-sweet" stories, ones filled with human interest, which "tugged at the heartstrings." Hollywood and the media were filled with them. Remember "Lassie," "Ozzie and Harriet" and the "Reader's Digest," and how easily little Margaret O'Brien could turn on the waterworks? comments


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Genesis means beginning and Hyundai's 2015 sedan by that name creates a new plateau of safety and comfort features for an affordable, mid-size sedan that keeps its price competitive fwhile seeking to exceed buyer expectations. comments


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Don't you just love commas? The little periods with tiny tails give great meter and rhythm to writing. They can do the same for speaking -- acting as a breath, the pause or that pivot from one audience member to another. comments


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This past weekend Mary Ann and I were in my hometown to visit my elderly mother, and I was to give a short speech for my high school wrestling coach who, unknown to him, was receiving North Carolina's highest civilian award: The Order of the Long-Leaf Pine. comments


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Fiat returned to the United States market in 2011 and has seen only minor changes since then. The spiffy base Fiat 500 hatchback remains mostly the same for 2014 (the passenger seat gets extra headroom.) comments


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As the ancients well knew, comedy has the power to transform what is grave and unfortunate into something light, even ridiculous. Humor! What a device it is in the tool box of a clever diplomat. The best example I ever saw took place in Cold War Prague, back in '75 or '76. comments


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The all-new 2014 Range Rover Sport has a satisfying exhaust growl from the starting line that adds on-road sport panache to a vehicle that has the off-road DNA every Range Rover possesses. comments


  • Roger Barbee: An appreciation   comments
  • Tom Crosby: Accord remains a big seller for Honda   comments
  • Tom Crosby: Jeep Patriot offers new automatic transmission   comments
  • Roger Barbee: This season of much   comments
  • Tom Crosby: Chevy ups the ante with Silverado   comments
  • Jason Wright: Let's get on that bus   comments
  • Tom Crosby: Forte strong in compact sedan market   comments
  • Jason Wright: We're lucky to have freedom to vote   comments
  • Jason Wright: Disney's 'Frozen' and why we won't 'Let It Go'   comments
  • Tom Crosby: Popular Mazda3 is all-new third generation for 2014   comments
  • Roger Barbee: Memories of a spring snow   comments
  • George Bowers Sr.: Nation was founded on the rule of law, not man   comments
  • Roger Barbee: Oh, say do you know...   comments
  • Jason Wright: Why I have been off my game this past year   comments
  • George Bowers Sr.: Help for the homeless   comments
  • Tom Crosby: Popular 2014 Ford Escape setting records   comments
  • Jason Wright: Didn't get a medal? Work harder   comments
  • George Bowers Sr.: Our faith-filled presidents   comments
  • Jason Wright: Soldier, thank you   comments
  • Roger Barbee: Encountering technology   comments
  • Richard Hoover: 'Good Lord, it really is Shirley Temple!'   comments
  • Jason Wright: Heaven delivers a warning   comments
  • Roger Barbee: The heroes who are amongst us   comments
  • George Bowers Sr.: Winter games bring families together   comments
  • Jason Wright: It's better to prepare rather than react to emergencies   comments
  • Roger Barbee: County should consider changing animal welfare code   comments
  • Karen Poff: Your 'financial GPS'   comments
  • Jason Wright: Children deserve encouragement   comments
  • George A. Bowers Sr.: Snowy wonder points to our great creator   comments
  • Roger Barbee: One more time   comments
  • Jason Wright: Life's dirty spots deserve to be cleaned   comments
  • Roger Barbee: An upward path   comments
  • Roger Barbee: 'The world is too much with us   comments
  • Jason Wright: The power of 'no'   comments
  • Jason Wright: Take the Six Blessings Challenge   comments
  • Roger Barbee: Being a good winner   comments
  • Karen Kwiatkowski: What do our congressmen care about?   comments
  • George Bowers: Maximizing our footprints   comments
  • Jason Wright: Quirky Christmas traditions persevere   comments
  • Roger Barbee: An orange with peppermint   comments
  • George Bowers: Delivered as promised   comments
  • Roger Barbee: A hushed morning   comments
  • Jason Wright: Christmas Jars tradition celebrates 9 years   comments
  • Roger Barbee: Clothes make the wo(man)   comments
  • Oakli Wright: Lessons that I've learned   comments
  • Jason Wright: Lessons I hope she has learned   comments
  • George Bowers Sr.: Helping others in Jesus' name   comments
  • Roger Barbee: Take a nap, get some rest   comments
  • Jason Wright: Family learns to overcome   comments
  • Roger Barbee: The VHSL version of a football playoff   comments
  • Jason Wright: Glenn Beck's new book a thriller   comments
  • Roger Barbee: Tough is all around us   comments
  • Roger Barbee: Parents and education   comments
  • Jason Wright: Listen to inner voice   comments
  • George Bowers Sr.: Floating down life's river   comments
  • Karen Kwiatkowski: Thoughts on the McAuliffe win   comments
  • Chastity Harris: The ugly before the rain   comments
  • Roger Barbee: Make time for yourself   comments
  • Jason Wright: Facebook friends don't care what you had for breakfast   comments
  • Jason Wright: Living a life of light   comments
  • Roger Barbee: Choices made can haunt us   comments
  • Jason Wright: Dating at age 8? Let kids be kids   comments
  • Jason Wright: Aided by angels, boy, dog survive   comments
  • Jason Wright: When anxiety joins the family   comments
  • George Bowers Sr.: Do we have to go to church?   comments
  • Roger Barbee: Places shape our lives   comments
  • Jason Wright: A quarterback on a mission   comments
  • Jason Wright: School survival tips for parents   comments
  • Roger Barbee: A piece of paper   comments
  • Roger Barbee: Being good stewards   comments
  • Ask Dave the Car Guy: Distracted driving   comments
  • Point out the right   comments
  • Roger Barbee: Just a word, until...   comments
  • Roger Barbee: It seems greed has replaced 'giving'   comments
  • Roger Barbee: Show charity in thought, deed   comments
  • 'The Song Remembers When'   comments
  • Watching storm blow in provides enough information   comments
  • A valley morning   comments

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