Guest Columns

George A. Bowers Sr.: Where are the other nine?

George Bowers Sr.

November 20, 2015

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays for many reasons. For one, it is a day on which most individuals and businesses still pause to rest, although that is sadly changing very quickly. This day is also special to me because of the opportunity to spend time with my family without all the required shopping, decorating, and clean up. It is, in many ways, about as close to true Sabbath as we get anymore.

By Jason Wright: Did you see God today?

Jason Wright

November 20, 2015

One evening, feeling a little worried and overwhelmed, I lay in bed and wondered what was wrong. What was I missing? Not seeing? Not doing?

George Bowers Sr: Old ways are sometimes best

George Bowers Sr.

November 13, 2015

Forty years ago this week, my father’s taxidermy shop was a busy place. Successful hunters were dropping off their trophies and unsuccessful ones were stopping by to rubberneck at what they were hunting for while trading deer tales. During deer season, the shop was usually open until 9 and sometimes 10pm and I can still see dad behind the long table skinning out the heads one by one as the first step of the mounting process.

Tom Crosby: 2015 Lincoln MKC compact SUV has sleek, sculpted look

Tom Crosby

November 11, 2015

Lincoln models can be an alphabet study. The newest is the 2015 MKC compact SUV (or crossover) with a unique look outside, luxury inside and the measured performance you expect from Ford’s upscale brand. (Other Lincolns are MKS, MKT, MKX and MKZ).

Gerald Almy: Deer breeding now in full swing

Gerald Almy

November 9, 2015

If you’ve been fortunate to be out hunting during early muzzleloader season, chances are you’ve seen bucks chasing does. Maybe you didn’t get a shot or didn’t connect, but you probably at least saw some rutting activity.

George Bowers Sr.: Parable of the powder

George Bowers Sr.

November 6, 2015

Firearms season for deer is finally here! While it’s not yet regular rifle season, muzzleloading weapons can be used through next Friday. I’ve already been out a few times but haven’t seen anything to shoot at except some raccoons and a turkey, all of which I passed up. But sitting in the tree stand watching squirrels and falling leaves gives me plenty of time to think.

Jason Wright: Man steals hope from an Ohio family

“Christmas Jars” author Jason Wright and Northern Virginia Daily guest columnist holds a jar filled with money. Christmas Jar money is saved throughout the year for someone in need.

November 6, 2015

The tradition of giving away glass jars of slowly accumulated change, based on my novella, “Christmas Jars,” is celebrating its 10th birthday. Since its release, we’ve seen pickle, peanut butter, jelly and jam jars grow coin by coin until they amount to hundreds, even thousand of dollars.

George Bowers Sr.: Sunday is Day of Prayer for Persecuted Church

George Bowers Sr.

October 30, 2015

Sunday is a very special holiday that deserves recognition by all believers. Not only is this All Saints Day when the church has historically recognized the contributions of past members and leaders, but this year it coincides with the Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. The first Sunday in November is the annual date for this observation.

Peter Brookes: Flat out for bones: Fly fishing in Hawaii

Peter Brookes

October 28, 2015

I have to admit it: I love the Orvis ad about its company chairman, Leigh Perkins, who, on realizing that he’s early for a flight, stops to fish for tarpon in his dress clothes en route Key West airport.

George Bowers Sr.: Two walls of remembrance

George Bowers Sr.

October 23, 2015

When I was still teaching high school, I always took my leadership development classes on an annual field trip to Washington, D.C. Each year, we endeavored to meet with leaders, sit in on a Supreme Court case, observe government in action, and experience our nation’s capital up close.

Tom Crosby: 2015 Fiat gets exposure during pope’s visit

Tom Crosby

October 21, 2015

Fiat executives must have felt their prayers were answered when Pope Francis waved from the rear seat of a 2015 Fiat 500L to tens of thousands of admirers lining Washington, Philadelphia and New York streets last month.

George A. Bowers Sr.: The archery buck that wasn’t

George Bowers Sr.

October 9, 2015

Fall is finally here bringing with it the long anticipated hunting seasons! Squirrels have been legal since September and we’re already a week deep into archery. The fall was always an exciting time around my father’s taxidermy shop because you never knew what someone would carry through the front door. White squirrels, antlered does, and large bobcats were just a few of the unusual critters that folks would bring in to have mounted. And this excitement always grew with the fall seasons.

Jason Wright: Injured player doesn’t blame God

Jason Wright

October 9, 2015

PROVO, Utah — Imagine you’re an elite college quarterback with rare athletic ability. Many have labeled you a Heisman Trophy contender and Fox Sports even dubs you their sleeper pick.

Tom Crosby: 2016 Mazda CX-5 continues to climb in popularity

Tom Crosby

September 30, 2015

Mazda hit an automotive home run four years ago when it launched the 2012 CX-5 sport utility vehicle, which became and still is one of the company’s sales champions. So, despite perennially strong competition from such nameplates as Toyota RAV4, Honda CRV, Hyundai Tucson, Subaru Forester and Nissan Rogue, the CX-5 compact SUV receives only minor upgrading this year and remains price competitive.

George Bowers Sr.: Accept the invitation to dinner

George Bowers Sr.

September 25, 2015

A little over a year ago, Nancy and I had the privilege of traveling to Germany for a wedding of a close friend. It was a joyous occasion and we still revisit many wonderful memories not only of the wedding itself, but also of our travels afterward.