Guest Columns

George Bowers Sr.: Hiding from Christmas

George Bowers Sr.

December 19th, 2014

Next Thursday is the day that many children live for all year. Christmas day has become a highlight for most American youngsters because of the gifts they receive on this special occasion. I remember as a boy the excitement and anticipation of not knowing what surprises awaited me under the tree on Christmas morning and attempting to sleuth out clues beforehand.

Roger Barbee: We are all gifted

Roger Barbee

December 14th, 2014

The Christmas decorations came out from storage this week. Box upon box was first stacked in the screened porch after

Roger Barbee: When I am an old woman

Roger Barbee

December 8th, 2014

On a recent, cold Sunday morning, I went out to warm the car. Not wanting to sit inside of the building we call the car barn, I backed and turned the car so that I could watch the birds at the newly filled feeders.

Jason Wright: Teasing a child can be dangerous


December 5th, 2014

I’m helping some friends get ready for a yard sale. One of the tougher tasks was sorting through shelves and crates of books. I scoffed when I noticed they marked one of my books at $1. That’s way overpriced.

Roger Barbee: A letter to a young relative

Roger Barbee

December 2nd, 2014

Note to the reader: The following article is adapted from a letter I wrote to a relative. Judy and Jack are pseudonyms, but everything else is true.

Richard W. Hoover: Uncovering what is now forgotten

Pearl seashell scrimshaws. Photo courtesy of Richard W. Hoover

December 1st, 2014

Much of what comes down from the past– whether in movies or contemporary histories and novels– badly misses the mark in terms of ‘telling it like it was.’ What was once wildly important to our forbears is often lost in the descent. Pick up any nineteenth century newspaper, for example, and I wager that even today’s well-informed will have little clue about many of the people and events contained therein, no matter how noteworthy they were back in that day.

George Bowers Sr.: Holiday or Holy Day?

November 28th, 2014

December is almost here again and with it comes cooler weather, the possibility of snow, and, of course, Christmas. Children have been counting down to December 25 since last year and adults have been racking their brains trying to come up with suitable gifts for each other.

Roger Barbee: It’s not time to lay it down

November 23rd, 2014

While walking the hound one recent morning, I noticed that the sun had yet to clear Short Mountain which was shrouded in a soft apricot-like glow. A heavy frost lay on the grass and roofs. It was a chilly, but clear November morning with promises of a warm afternoon that would offer time for some late gardening chores before real cold arrived.

George Bowers: Thankful to whom?

November 21st, 2014

What great blessings we enjoy in this country and what a great holiday is Thanksgiving to reflect upon them! In spite of all that’s wrong with America, it’s still the best place in the world to live and people are literally risking their lives to move here. Each of us should take a few minutes this week to pull out a pen and some paper and jot down a list of what we are thankful for.

Tom Crosby: Acura TLX adds spice to luxury sedan lineup

November 19th, 2014

Adding spice to its luxury sedan line-up, Acura has introduced the all new 2015 TLX, a mid-size sports sedan on an all-new platform with a velvet smooth ride and the acceleration punch necessary for quick highway merges and passing.

Roger Barbee: Paying homage

A small crowd gathers at the Confederate cemetery in Mount Jackson on Veterans Day.  Photo courtesy of Roger Barbee

November 17th, 2014

Last week, Nov. 11, was an important day for our country. Set aside as a national holiday to pay homage to the brave men and woman who have served or are serving in the military, the day is observed in many fashions.