Guest Columns

Jason Wright: So what am I working on?

Jason Wright

May 22, 2015

There are three things I count on every single day. The sun will rise, I’ll eat a helpless family of gummy bears and someone will ask, “So, Jason, what are you working on?”

Peter Brookes: Rods for recovery

Peter Brookes

May 20, 2015

Whether he actually said it or not, I couldn’t help but think of the quote attributed to British statesman Winston Churchill who reportedly once quipped: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Cody Fitchett: A 94 on my baking final!

Cody Fitchett

May 19, 2015

Before I left to come home on Friday night, I had to take my baking final for Baking Fundamentals class, which I finish up this week. I am proud to announce that I received a 94 on my final with just minor mistakes that I can easy fix in the future.

Jason Wright: Quite a lesson and legacy to leave behind

Jason Wright

May 18, 2015

Torry Cline was born in Front Royal on Aug. 15, 1980. Two months later, Robert and Derhonda Cline, owners of Larkins Grocery in Edinburg and a couple told they would never have biological children of their own, adopted the baby boy and prepared to share everything they knew about life, love and faith.

Tom Crosby: Optima changes little, keeps attractive look

Tom Crosby

May 13, 2015

The Kia Optima mid-size sedan competes in the most popular car segment against renowned sales heavyweights such as Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Chrysler 200 and Kia’s corporate sibling, Hyundai Sonata.

Cody Fitchett: Hot sugar, cold butter for icing

Cody Fitchett

May 12, 2015

This week in baking class at the Culinary Institue of America is Hyde Park, New York, we are getting ready for our second skills verification, which means we have to make an apple strip, genoise sponge cake, Italian buttercream icing and creme anglais — all in five hours!

Jason Wright: Honor moms every day of the year

Jason Wright

May 8, 2015

According to the National Retail Federation, you and I will drop north of $20 billion on our mothers this week. That’s a lot of flowers, jewelry and spa gift certificates.

Cody Fitchett: Eggs add structure to cookies

Cody Fitchett

May 5, 2015

Hello friends and family of the Northern Shenandoah Valley. It is week 13 here at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Every week I learn something new and I am here to share it with you.

George A. Bowers Sr.: Now is the time to pray

George Bowers Sr.

May 1, 2015

In January of 1776, Pastor Peter Muhlenberg gave his now famous sermon in the middle of Woodstock on Ecclesiastes 3 which declares a time for every purpose under heaven. At the end of that rousing message, he removed his clerical robe to reveal the uniform of a Revolutionary Officer and declared, “There is a time to pray and a time to fight and now is a time to fight!” Most folks in the valley are familiar with this heroic story of patriotism that motivated many of his parishioners to join his regiment. This event is depicted not only on Woodstock’s town seal, but is commemorated with statues in front of the old courthouse not far from the actual spot of the sermon’s delivery. We also know the victorious outcome for the Continental Army under Muhlenberg’s close personal friend, General George Washington.

Richard Hoover: Is political orientation genetic?

Richard W. Hoover

April 29, 2015

Forty years ago I witnessed a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera “Iolanthe,” put on by a group of British ex-patriots. From it all, the lone Sentry’s marvelously rancor-free political rumination stuck in my head:

Laura de Medici-Bentley: Giving Livia the best of both worlds

Laura de Medici-Bentley

April 27, 2015

Livia had amazing teachers at the school where I taught in Arlington. Not only was she constantly stimulated; she was very, very loved. It has been months since she’s been in school, but she still vividly remembers her teachers and talks about them frequently. Sometimes, she still asks for her first teacher, whom she calls “Mama Vera,” since she was like a second mom.