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Walking through the Roanoke City Farmers Market with Billie Raper on a recent Friday was like being spotted with a celebrity. The manager of Blues BBQ came outside to chat him up, as did a chef at 202 Market. Farmer Mark Woods said hello, and a woman in a sport utility vehicle on Campbell Avenue slowed down to wave enthusiastically from the driver’s seat. “Hey, Billie!” she called.
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For the Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival, progress has been slow and steady. But even as the festival grows its lineup, it sticks with some longtime favorites. In its first year, a passel of local and regional bands filled the lineup at the Blue Mountain Festival Grounds, near Martinsville.
I am so law-abiding that I’ve only had one traffic ticket in my life. That was 25 years ago, and I was framed. And yet, somehow, I always manage to run afoul of lifeguards. I like to float facedown in pools, and when I’m in a lake, to also swim way out. OK, way, way, way out, like, where I’m closer to the people in the boats than to the
Like a great many other people, I am interested in family genealogy. I have not, as some people do, gone to the lengths of visiting churchyards or town halls in England or Germany, but I have spent a good deal of time with historical records, including Census records, in an attempt to identify as many of my ancestors as possible, including at least three who fought with Confederate regiments in
Dear Dr. Camardi: When we brought Dad to your clinic for dementia, we never had any idea that after you went over his case from top to bottom that you would say what you did about carbon monoxide poisoning. And I’m very deeply sorry for saying to your staff that we wasted our time in seeing you because you saved us from tragedy. I said that because, when we told
If you’re a cookie fiend, can’t resist meat, cheese or creamy salad dressings, haven’t munched broccoli since 1986 and are not sufferin’ succotash, you may be a super-taster. A new Stanford University study found that at least 30 percent of us are supertasters. We dislike bitter flavors and love sweets. And half of STs came into the world that way. The rest? Well, repeat exposure to added sugars, red meat
Carolyn: I’m having trouble dealing with my violent niece and nephew, 5 and 7. I have two children of my own a little older. We are a tight family that (mostly, despite this big issue) enjoys hanging out together quite often. It’s common for the 5-year-old to hold my 7-year-old down and just swing punches. The boy was kicked out of day care at 2 for his violent tendencies. In
Comparing drug benefits to risks is a delicate balancing act. Nowhere is this more apparent than with statin-type cholesterol-lowering medications such as atorvastatin (Lipitor) and simvastatin (Zocor). These drugs can save lives, particularly for people who have had heart attacks or needed cardiac interventions. But others find the quality of their lives compromised by drugs meant to prevent trouble. One reader, R.R., wrote to protest an article we wrote about
Q: Several years ago my husband received a stent for a 99 percent blockage. What had kept him alive was a network of collateral arteries, thanks to a lifelong high level of exercise. His cardiologist put him on Crestor, and he became an old man before his time — muscle cramps, muscle weakness to the point that he was unable to exercise and our sex life became nonexistent. Also, his
Every morning during breakfast before the school day starts, my 6-year-old daughter and I pore over the comics section of this newspaper. I read the funnies to her, usually sticking to the kid-friendly “Red and Rover,” “Garfield,” “Family Circus” and a few others that she might actually understand. Explaining “Get Fuzzy,” “Dilbert” and “Doonesbury” would take too long and cause her to miss the bus. She does like “Zits,” however,
Q: I went into my 17-year-old’s bedroom to wake him this morning. After some urging, he eventually got up and then told me he hated me. What is the appropriate consequence for this sort of disrespect? A: Actually, I don’t consider that a form of disrespect. Strictly speaking, your son simply informed you of how he feels about you, or felt about you at that moment. His tone of voice
You took 10 years of piano lessons. Should you become your 7-year-old’s teacher? Parent advice (from our panel of staff contributors): You’ve already taught your child to eat correctly, get dressed and myriad other skills. How did those teaching sessions go? Did your child eagerly adapt or fight you every step of the way? The answer should guide you as to whether to hire a piano teacher. — Phil Vettel
This is one of those “open mouth, insert foot” moments. A store that I frequent often offers a shopper’s discount on certain products when you use what they call their “rewards” card. As the clerk rang up my purchases, I inquired if any qualified for a reward, to which she replied, “Not this time.” I said, “I guess my reward is the pleasure of being waited on by you,” to
TUESDAY Authors of “Mrs. Gambel the Quirky Quail” Madeline and Summer Hays, mother and daughter authors of “Mrs. Gambel the Quirky Quail” will have storytime. When: 10:30 to 10:30 a.m. Where: Gainsboro Library, Roanoke Cost: Free Contact: 853-2540 Free Educational Medicare Seminar Learn about your health care options associated with Medicare and clear up any confusion. Get the general facts on Medicare and coverage options. When: 6 to 7 p.m.
Roanoke is in a state of renewal — but that state’s not reflected in the fading murals that have adorned its public walls for decades. Florida native and Grandin Village resident Mim Young, a dynamo who’s passionate about Roanoke’s art scene, saw this as a problem to tackle and took it on herself. “I felt that it was time that Roanoke updated its image through its imagery,” she said. In
Butcher paper represents a number of things for Harlem, N.Y., artist Dianne Smith. “It’s at once durable and yet there’s a fragility to it,” she said. She has used it in her art as a way of representing the treatment of black people in America through history, showing how the paper can be manipulated and pushed into corners. It also calls to mind elders, aging, and the way history leaves
When I think about summer, I think about vacation, and as an avid reader, I think about which books to pack. Although I read all sorts of books, I believe that some make better beach/cruise/vacation reads than others. For example, no matter how beautiful and sunny it is outside, it’s going to be a sad day if you’re reading Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road.” But what makes an ideal summer vacation
DAY TRIPS June 6 N.C. Transportation Museum Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism is sponsoring a trip to the North Carolina Transportation Museum, located on the former site of Southern Railway’s largest steam locomotive repair facility in Spencer. The guided tour includes the 1924 Roundhouse, the “Bumper to Bumper” exhibit — a collection of antique automobiles — a narrated, 25-minute train ride, pulled by an antique diesel engine touring the
In William Shakespeare’s “Henry VI, Part 2,” Dick the Butcher utters a line that has made it onto T-shirts and bumper stickers, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” The legal profession may be doing Dick’s bidding. Northwestern University adjunct law professor Steven Harper has taken a critical look at the business side of the legal profession, and what he sees is an education/business model that is
“Gospel of Freedom” is an inspired work that belongs in every English-language library. Author Jonathan Rieder gleans a host of illuminating revelations from the content of Martin Luther King Jr’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Prophetically, it was composed in 1963, a week before Sheriff Bull Connor turned police dogs and fire hoses loose on black students marching in a non violent civil rights protest. Yet what an incarcerated King wrote,
“Moving Miss Peggy,” by Robert Benson, is a memoir of dementia. The author’s mother — the titular Miss Peggy — has, by the time this book starts, already started to show signs of dementia: forgetfulness, worry, and so on. Benson, who writes “contemplative” books, tells the story of his family’s search for some meaning in his mother’s growing illness. This work, which is really a series of short essays, effectively
The purists howled more than a decade ago when New York City was accused of Disney-izing Times Square, as the funk and grit were replaced by family fare. And with these changes came a friendlier New York. For those of you who have never been to Gotham, or who haven’t visited for years, following is my list of 10 venues that make New York New York. 1. The must-see Every
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