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JUNE 2017

What childhood memories do you have of trees? I remember climbing the cherry tree in our neighbor’s yard in Arlington to feast on the sticky, sweet fruit. I remember playing house under the sweeping branches of our huge weeping willow. I remember the swing my father hung on a high-boughed apple tree. And when we moved to D.C., I...
The front door of Granddaddy’s modest four-room country bungalow opened into a parlor that was used only for rare special occasions. It was almost never a route taken during day-to-day activities. The parlor’s interior doorway remained covered with a drape so heat and dust from the rest of the house did not escape into the dimly lit, reserved area....
Each month a prize-winning photograph from the archives of the Crozet Calendar will be published together with a story from the photographer of how the image was made and commentary by Sam Abell about the merits of the photograph. We live in the golden age of remote photography. The most consequential (and brilliant) photographs of our time have been made...
It happens after every holiday season, as surely as the beginning of the new year and the change of the calendar. While other businesses start the year with a bit of a post-Christmas lull, those whose work is serving older people scramble to keep up with the phones and emails.  Here’s what happens: Grown children go home and find changes...
The third annual Holiday Jubilee was performed by the Nelson County Community Orchestra Dec. 15.  Twenty-four members ranging in age from fourteen to well past retirement performed together in multi-generational harmony.  The program opened with selections from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, followed by Dubinushka, and Millennium Suite. Bountiful refreshments were provided at intermission as contributions from...
What does local author Linda Marchman have in common with T.S. Eliot, Taylor Swift, and Ed Sheeran? Love of cats, of course! If you enjoyed the musical Cats or its new movie version, you may also enjoy Marchman’s latest book Lost and Found Cats: True Tales of Happy Reunions, self-published in November 2019. The book is a collection of...
Many years ago, I was selected to be a high school exchange student to Bogota, Colombia.  That experience changed me in so many ways, and I always longed to return.  Last year I did, with a Spanish-speaking cousin.  We went in the Spring, not especially high season for tourism.  As we chatted up the locals, they would wonder what...
Cybercriminals have long taken advantage of the fact that we all get too much email. In our quest to keep our inboxes relatively empty, it’s very easy to click on something that LOOKS legitimate. When your computer then slows down dramatically, you start to think that maybe that email wasn’t all that it seemed to be. There are several warning...
We know from the Bible there was a star, and there were gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, but the rest of the Epiphany story we’ve learned from oral tradition, carols, pageants and winter celebrations by centuries of Christians. While Catholics and some orthodox religions celebrate the Epiphany as a separate feast day, no matter what day January 6...
Christmas is over and thoughts of New Year’s resolutions are still fresh in my head. Never mind that last year’s resolution of losing some extra pounds is still with me. The slate is clean and I get another do-over for 2020… right after the last of the holiday candy is consumed!  Everyone’s goal in 2020 should be to encourage those...

In this section

Trees Are People, Too: A Review of The Overstory

What childhood memories do you have of trees? I remember climbing the cherry tree in our neighbor’s yard in Arlington to feast on the...

Secrets of the Blue Ridge: Around Back of the House

The front door of Granddaddy’s modest four-room country bungalow opened into a parlor that was used only for rare special occasions. It was almost...

Crozet Calendar Clinic: Henry Thompson

Each month a prize-winning photograph from the archives of the Crozet Calendar will be published together with a story from the photographer of how...

Families Seek Help After Holiday Visits

It happens after every holiday season, as surely as the beginning of the new year and the change of the calendar. While other businesses...

Nelson County Community Orchestra Plays On

The third annual Holiday Jubilee was performed by the Nelson County Community Orchestra Dec. 15.  Twenty-four members ranging in age from fourteen to well...

Local Authors Explore Heartbreak and Healing

What does local author Linda Marchman have in common with T.S. Eliot, Taylor Swift, and Ed Sheeran? Love of cats, of course! If you...

Seasonal Flavors: Colombian Gorditas

Many years ago, I was selected to be a high school exchange student to Bogota, Colombia.  That experience changed me in so many ways,...