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Autumn Appreciation

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

“This week the mountains are subtly polka-dotted with color. Red-orange, gold, auburn, and lime dot the still dark green hillsides and hollows like billiard balls on a pool table. That's what you'll see from many of the overlooks along Skyline Drive anyway,” opined a national park employee last Friday, October 3. He or she was responsible for Shenandoah National Park’s weekly online foliage update.

Thursday, October 9, 2014


How To Clean Your House
I’ll be honest. I thought I knew everything there was about cleaning house by the time I was 23. My mother taught me how to clean a bathroom while I was still a wee lass (Curses on white tile floors.). Later, I would clean for money, making a little on the side as a teenager and later working for a company in northern Virginia while I attended classes at George Mason University (Curses on empty four-story townhouses with five bathrooms.).
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Chins Up, Ladies!

“So much of women’s femininity is tied up with their hair,” British actress Gwendoline Christie is quoted as saying. 

She should have added, hair or lack thereof.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

How To Change The World

Last month, I wrote a story about Leigh McCrea, a Cumberland native who has sacrificed hours of her time trying to save the unwanted dogs and cats that would otherwise be euthanized at the Cumberland Animal Shelter.

Do I like dogs? No. Not one bit. They are too slobbery, hairy and demanding for me.

Thursday, August 7, 2014


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