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Charles Bayer

Something Completely Different — Take 2

By Charles Bayer

October 15, 2014

Every columnist or blogger in sight who has a dog has probably written about their relationship. The most heart-rending ones talk of the tears and grief that come when it is time for that furry bundle of affection to be “put down.” “Put down” is ... Read more »

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Jack Betts

Riding the Ridges for the Floyd Library

By Jack Betts

October 7, 2014

Chuck Flynt and his wife Diane have done a lot of good in the places where they have lived and worked in North Carolina and Virginia over the years, and they've figured out interesting ways to make it fun, too.  Chuck turned 74 this year, ... Read more »

Suellen Zima

Mortality vs. The Fountain of Youth

By Suellen Zima

October 6, 2014

I never gave much thought to life in my 70s until after I entered them. Now that I'm 71, I realize that my life has shifted. I still live in the same place I've lived for the last 15 years, have basically the same friends ... Read more »

Mel Lavine

Just In Case

By Mel Lavine

October 2, 2014

An Op/Ed piece in last Sunday’s New York Times about old people caught the attention of the Lady Friend and me. Written by Jason Karlawish, a professor of medicine and medical ethics at the University of Pennsylvania, it asked: “When should we set aside a ... Read more »

Robert Schrag

Calling the Genealogy

By Robert Schrag

September 30, 2014

If you do an Internet search on the phrase "call and response" most of the information returned is either musical or theological.  In jazz or gospel music one musician will offer — or call out — a dominant phrase and another will embellish the composition ... Read more »

Jack Betts

Still Awaiting That Call Up to The Show

By Jack Betts

September 26, 2014

Oh, Doctor!, as Red Barber often marveled in his radio career. Who'd have thunk that the Washington Nationals of the National League and the Baltimore Orioles of the American League would each clinch their division titles on the same night? It happened last night, as ... Read more »

Mel Lavine

The Amazing Roosevelts

By Mel Lavine

September 25, 2014

The first two hours of Ken Burns’ story on the three Roosevelts — Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor — began on Sunday at 8 on PBS. It is running two hours a night over seven nights this week.The first two hours sagged a little under the celebrity tone ... Read more »

Marie Wallingford

Helping Mother

By Marie Wallingford

September 25, 2014

Leaving Mother’s place was always a terrible time for me; I was always crying! I just couldn’t face the fact that my mother wasn’t going to get better.First she had a massive stroke with a long recovery with a few trips to the hospital ... Read more »

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