Guest Columns

George A. Bowers Sr. : Demolishing the powder yearning to spark

George Bowers Sr.

August 28, 2015

This past Wednesday morning, an angry man ruthlessly slaughtered television reporter Alison Parker and her cameraman, Adam Ward. Such horrendous murders committed in broad daylight and carried out on live television should be a wake-up call to our society of just how sick we are. Not mentally, although that is true too, but spiritually. It was spiritual sickness that caused this man to do what he did.

George A. Bowers Sr.: What we didn’t find at mom’s

George Bowers Sr.

August 21, 2015

Many weeks ago I wrote about how when my siblings and I were cleaning up things at our mom’s home and preparing for the sale, we found various scraps of paper all over her house with either memory verses or prayer requests written on them. She kept these in her line of sight so that she could pray regularly for specific needs and learn particular passages of Scripture by memory, even at 84 years of age. It was a powerful testimony to a lady who was striving to be a faithful disciple of Jesus right up to her very earthly end.

Tom Crosby: 2015 Honda Odyssey continues award winning design

Tom Crosby

August 19, 2015

The Honda Odyssey 2015 minivan comes with a touch of style on the outside due to tastefully placed zagged chrome surrounding the windows and fog lights beneath chrome bars on the grill and air dam. But its consistent automotive industry awards come from the versatile and functional interior, perfect for mom hauling kids and friends weekdays and dad loading fix-up cargo weekends with rear seats dropped into a rear well.

Laura de Medici-Bentley: Building memories during a week at beach

Laura de Medici-Bentley

August 14, 2015

Every summer, my family spends time at our beach house in the Outer Banks. Most of my favorite memories have taken place in that house. This is where my sister and I celebrated several birthdays, learned to ride a bike and where my dad taught us how to swim. I even met one of my oldest childhood friends there.

George A. Bowers Sr.: We are what we eat

George Bowers Sr.

August 14, 2015

The old adage, “We are what we eat,” is probably never more true than with the beautiful Pink Flamingos of tropical climates. These brightly colored birds with lanky legs and bent bills grace the lakes and waterways of the Caribbean and Mediterranean as well as those of Africa, India, and South America.

Peter Brookes: Eye for Idaho trout

Peter Brookes

August 12, 2015

There’s a persistent, vicious rumor that says the only reason I married my wife was to get free room and board at the in-laws so I could fish northern Idaho and northwestern Montana, both top spots for trout.

George A. Bowers Sr.: Unmarked pavement is dangerous

George Bowers Sr.

August 7, 2015

Subcontractors for the Virginia Department of Transportation have been busy repaving several roads around the county, including a few that I travel daily to and from my home. Laying asphalt in 90 degree temperatures has to be rather brutal but the workers have been diligent nevertheless.

Laura de Medici-Bentley: Online mom forums offer place to vent, get advice

Laura de Medici-Bentley

August 5, 2015

I have two “categories” of friends: my “regular” friends and my Mom Friends. My regular friends are ones I had well before getting married and becoming a parent. My mom friends are friends I typically meet at story time, the playground or Mommy & Me style classes. We come from many different backgrounds, but we are brought together by the fact that we are Moms. Unlike my “regular friends” (who I spend some ‘kid-free’ time with), when I meet up with my Mom Friends, the outing is just as much for the children as it is for us.

Tom Crosby: All new 2015 Ford Mustang retains iconic heritage

Tom Crosby

August 5, 2015

Driving the eye-catching ruby red new 2015 Mustang GT convertible down the interstate creates anxiety for any driver hoping to travel under police radar. The engine growl alone creates a predatory feeling that makes your foot twitch slightly downward on the gas pedal and the response is so smooth you are immediately in speeding ticket territory.

Jason Wright: Teen is a living tribute to her older brothers

Jason Wright

July 31, 2015

Aubri Whatcott sits in the front row in a classroom packed with more than 100 eighth- and ninth-graders at West Point Junior High School in West Point, Utah. She and her classmates are in the middle of my novel, “The Seventeen Second Miracle.” And thanks to the sly planning of their teacher, Michelle Denson, I’ve surprised them by showing up to answer questions in person rather than via Skype.

George A. Bowers Sr.: Let’s love and value all each human being

George Bowers Sr.

July 31, 2015

One year ago this month, rioting and violence erupted in Ferguson, Missouri over the death of a young black man by a white police officer. In the weeks that followed, our televisions were lit up with the fires and the protests that overtook the besieged city. Over time, the forensic evidence indicated that the policeman acted within expected parameters since his assailant had assaulted him and intended to do him further harm.

Cody Fitchett: Make cheesecake in a cake pan

Cody Fitchett

July 28, 2015

Good morning everyone in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. It is bright and sunny here in the town of Hyde Park… Oh wait a minute, I am on summer vacation and writing this blog from Fort Valley!

Laura de Medici-Bentley: It’s never too late to go back to school

Laura de Medici-Bentley

July 27, 2015

My big accomplishment this week was signing up for online classes again. I have been pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree “on-and-off” for the past couple of years with the University of Phoenix. My education journey has been a rocky one, mainly because of my indecisiveness. I started off as an Elementary Education major, and then I wanted a “broader” major, so I switched to Communications. After a year of teaching, I decided that a Psychology major would be most beneficial.