From The Editor

Words can never hurt you

“To me, nothing can be more important than giving children books, It’s better to be giving books to children than drug treatment to them when they’re 15 years old.” – Fran Lebowitz


Rick Gray

Merci. M Blackmon!

A few weeks back, in this space, I began a piece with the thought that – in a purely intellectual sense – I was born in Charlottesville at the chronological age of eighteen.


Charlie Todd

Winning the election by a hair

In this space last May, we mentioned 26 potential candidates for the Republican nominee, one of whom will in all likelihood face Barack Obama in the Presidential election this fall. Of those named, all 26 are still alive and perhaps interested in the nomination, which may not be determined before the party’s Tampa convention in August.


Rep. Randy Forbes

Back to school

I almost always had first-day jitters. I remember my mom walking me to the door, handing me my lunch bag and kneeling down to kiss me on my forehead as I stepped out of the house and towards a new school year.


Michelle Collins-Robbinson

Is it real or is it Memorex?

In 1972, Memorex launched a campaign “Is it live or is it Memorex?” this campaign eventually became “Is it real or is it Memorex?”


Lt. Pete Hypes

Is there a worst time?

If there is any such thing as a worst time to have a fire, it is during the holidays. We have seen everything from house fires to mobile home fires in the news recently. Tragically, a female firefighter in Philadelphia lost her life in an early morning basement fire on December 9.


Rise and Shine in the Dogpound

Max and photos

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. Well, you can tell it is Christmas time, the Sunday paper now qualifies as a physical fitness weight. So many ads, deals, and promotions, with so little time allowed to really digest it all and make an intelligent decision.


Dr. Todd Reynolds

Holiday Eating and Weight Gain

It’s estimated that most Americans gain between five and ten pounds during the holiday season. It’s the time of year when people will try to avoid having their weight measured or having their cholesterol or sugar checked by their doctor.


Gardening With Gita

A feast for eyes and the palate, too

Though not as commonly grown as some other ornamentals, a pomegranate — whether a shrub or small tree as the case may be — is, I think, one of the most showy edible landscaping plants to have in a garden: spectacular orange-red flowers are borne during bloom season


Leigh Burke

Age is just a number

There is often a common theme in my articles and that is that age is just a number. I was thinking about the article for this month and, once again, how I was going to convey this message. I was thinking about what the indicators were that triggered someone to think someone is “old.”


Gena Lashley

American Winter

This weekend, which was packed with every activity you can imagine, we got into the swing of Christmas. From the Chester YMCA’s Christmas festivities on Friday night, buying out the Dollar Tree on Saturday for all of their wrapping paper and gift bags, to Sunday where


Anthony Barnes

Karma Christmas

Recently, I had my first experience at an ornament exchange party hosted by Patty Pope. When I arrived her husband, Ken, was kissing his bride good bye and telling her he loved her. I said, “Awww!” Then, he surprised me by giving me a peck on the cheek and telling me he loved me, too. Great way to start a party!


John Hall

The accidental journalist decides to take a break

My high school English teachers would certainly be amazed by my positive (I think?) contributions to this newspaper over the last three years. It has been a great deal of fun, and I must admit I have at times enjoyed those 15 seconds of fame.


Dr. Robert Owens

Can you see the vision?

A very impressive teacher once told me, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” This has stuck with me for more than 30 years. From that day forward, I’ve made planning an important part of everything I do. I take it so seriously I plan to be spontaneous.