I like this place best when I know it as something not merely for my own enjoyment. I love to be able to walk our trails and sit on our porches with people who share in that enjoyment with me, and particularly when they are attuned to the natural setting here and see it as particular and distinct trees, wildflowers, ferns, birds and this weekend–mushrooms! Eight members of the Student Conservation Association and a half-dozen from the NRV Mushroom Club defied the weather-odds for …

Mushroom Foray on Goose Creek a Success! Read more »

There was not a lot of empty space yesterday that started with an 8 am drive to Wytheville and ended with a photo-op (well, not so much an opportunity as a wife-generated imperative) to capture the final night of Vacation Bible School and the kids she’d been telling me about all week. The theme was the Story of Joseph in Egypt. The choreographed songs were impressive, fifty children on stage, every one engaged and most of them moving the same direction. Mostly. For an …

Coat of Many Colors Read more »