The Simple Facts About New Year’s Resolutions

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This was one of my earliest columns for the Chesterfield Observer, and includes a couple of my favorite lines about Victoria’s Secret models. Happy New Year!!! Every year around this time we resolve to change the way we live for the better. … Continue reading

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Axle-Deep in Parenting

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A column from January 2009 about the special challenges of parenting teenagers, especially teenage boys. Axle-Deep in Parenting I was witnessing a classic teenager/father-of-a-teenager moment. A friend of mine out in Powhatan had called me for help, and now I … Continue reading

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Where the Wild Woods End

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(Originally published: October 2004) My kids bring home a lot of homework dealing with The Environment, and as I watch them labor it occurs to me that the environment has changed a lot in the 35 or so years since … Continue reading

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Natural Cat-astrophe

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In honor of Hurricane Joaquin “churning” his way toward the mainland, I thought I’d post a column from 12 years ago when Hurricane Isabel churned her way through RVA and made a monstrous mess, and humiliated one of our cats in the process. (Hurricanes … Continue reading

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We Pledge Allegiance to our Regions and/or to Our People

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We Pledge Allegiance to our Regions and/or to Our People, If we find we disagree, it must be ‘cause you’re evil. Your sins are all self-evident, born of hate and conquest, But any blood that’s on our hands is washed … Continue reading

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Evel Is as Evel Is

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[The following touching, heart-felt post originally appeared in 2011 on the 37th anniversary of Evel Knievel’s attempt to leap the Snake River Canyon. I re-post today in honor of the great man and the lessons he taught us, and in … Continue reading

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My New 3rd-Favorite Podcast, and Island Life

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I have a new third-favorite podcast (let’s face it, it will be tough to unseat “The Moment” with Brian Koppelman and “WTF” with Marc Maron). My new third-favorite podcast is “Why Didn’t They Laugh?” The show is hosted by Owen … Continue reading

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