Author Archives: Laura

About Laura

Former single parent adjusting to an empty nest, moving back in with my parents, and returning to the workforce. Student of medieval history, fandom dabbler, and perspiring writer.

Where no phone has gone before

The story last week about a woman escorted off a train in Oregon after she reportedly spent 16 hours talking on her cell phone in the “quiet car” raised a few eyebrows, not so much at her boorish behavior as … Continue reading

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Die, you bastards, die!

Meet the brown marmorated stink bug or, as I like to call them, “Bastard.” Chances are if you live in the eastern US – though I hear they’re moving westward – you’ve encountered these aromatic pests. Probably not just one, … Continue reading

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The Running Man

Yesterday my son participated in the National College Blue Ridge (Half) Marathon in Roanoke, VA. It was the 2nd year for both (he did the half-marathon because he’s under 18; next year he’ll be old enough to do the whole … Continue reading

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I’ve been negligent about Post-a-Week 2011 for several weeks now, for a variety of reasons, though mostly because I was busy and fell out of the habit, and have since had trouble getting back in the saddle. With April mere … Continue reading

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Can you hear me now?

I was dismayed earlier this week to read about the slap in the face the LA Times delivered to Jennifer Egan in their announcement of the winners of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Awards (full list of winners and … Continue reading

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Experimental baking

Last summer I found an easy and tasty recipe for Amish white bread online that was a big hit with the teenager in my house. He’s a runner and a swimmer and so has a big appetite, but I have … Continue reading

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While I’m at it, I’d also like a pony

The Daily Post asks, what would you do with $1 million, tax-free? Set 1/4 to 1/3 of it aside for my son. Pay off my credit card, then cancel the card and get a new one that has a much … Continue reading

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The eagle has flown

Yesterday afternoon, representatives from Game and Inland Fisheries and the Wildlife Center of Virginia released a golden eagle at Harvey’s Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Before its release, the eagle was fitted with a transmitter to allow scientists to … Continue reading

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VDOT should totally hire me

I was pleased and amused to find out this morning that I’d won a “caption this” contest hosted by Roanoke Times columnist Dan Casey. He posted a photo of a highway electronic message board with a misspelled word on it … Continue reading

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There’s a far over thar

Earlier today we drove out to the ruins of Catawba Furnace to take pictures for a friend with an interest in old foundries, and also because I’ve wanted to explore the site ever since I realized it was there. It’s … Continue reading

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