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Musings

Musings – Final

By Josh Handy For My Mama For those of you who have read this column on a normal basis, please know that I promise to try my best to be a tenth as good as my Mother, Regena. As many of you know, she had not been able to write...

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An Uncommon Spring

By Regena Handy Despite the current situation unfolding in our human lives, Spring arrived like normal. While the difficult times in which we are living makes it hard to focus on anything else, a quick look at the news from numerous sources reminds us how blessed we are in this...

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Lessons I Learned While Holding the Cow’s Tail

By Regena Handy If you grew up in Patrick County during the fifties, sixties and seventies, unless you lived in the Town of Stuart, you most likely resided on a little farm. Though this way of life still exists for some, those days are now in the minority. Our way...

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Winter musings

A coating of snow Thursday helped set the scene for interesting photographs. Delicate looking daffodils received a coating, as did sturdier objects such as the lock near the lookoff at Lovers Leap. The snow storm prompted the early dismissal of school systems in the area on Thursday, and closings on...

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Using a Wringer Washer

By Regena Handy When I have once again let the laundry pile up and am sighing over the work load, wash days from my childhood come to mind. Such memories shame me when I compare the ease of this chore to past efforts of my ancestors. Laundry day normally occurred...

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Siblings

By Regena Handy They came in the restaurant door together, laughing as they entered, four women with characteristics similar enough to identify their relationship as sisters. I discreetly watched from my position a few tables away, smiling to myself, aware of the familiar tug of innocent envy. Though I don’t...

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The Gift of Kindness

By Regena Handy When I began doing this column a few years ago, I was determined to stay away from writing about never ending problems that plaque mankind. Everyone already hears far too much on those subjects from numerous other sources. But sometimes it is hard to focus on anything...

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Eating My Way Through Autumn

By Regena Handy For years I have complained that during the month of October, I commence to put on weight. It seems to hang onto me all winter. I tell people that I am just like a big old bear preparing to go into hibernation for the cold months. But...

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Adams Gordon’s exhibit to be featured in Danbury

The Stokes County Arts Council presents Amanda Adams Gordon at the Apple Gallery, 500 Main Street, Danbury. Her exhibit of mixed media and photography is on display throughout September. Adams Gordon is a local mixed media artist and photographer and a native of Stokes County, having graduated as Valedictorian from...

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Chasing History

So, there we were in “our nation’s capitol.” My childhood textbooks often referenced Washington, D.C. in those terms. In the movie Forrest Gump, main character Tom Hanks used those same words during a tour of the city. Our annual summer family vacation took us there last week. We had done...

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