The Lashley family has just returned from its annual trip to the beach. This is something that I start dreaming about around February, when we are right smack in the winter doldrums. I dream about the small little beach town that we think of as our second home. The... Read more

Taking Comfort

Mixing Bowl June 10, 2017

Even though the “official” start of summer is not until June 21(when we celebrate the summer solstice), it’s pretty hard to deny that summer is in the air after Memorial Day weekend. The swimming pools open, baseball is being played every weekend, the temperatures climb higher and higher, and... Read more
As we draw increasingly closer to the last days of school, my heart is joyful and full of sorrow at the same time. It has always amazed me how this can be, feeling hopeful and sad simultaneously. I am hopeful for the summer, that it will be relaxed and... Read more
Mixing Bowl- Straw bale garden
Spring is in full swing, and along with allergies it brings us longer days, warmer temperatures, and the perfect time to plant for summer. The Lashley family has always been ambitious when it comes to gardening (notice I did not say successful). We plant at least 12 tomato plants... Read more

Spring Sniffles

Mixing Bowl April 26, 2017

Spring has finally arrived, and while my soul rejoices, allergies are wreaking havoc on the Lashley household. My sweet flower has it the worst. Her skin literally reacts to pollen, and she is covered in eczema from head to toe. Her poor eyes have a raccoon mask of dry,... Read more
Dolls on a Mission

Dolls on a Mission

Features April 14, 2017

After three years, a prayer has been answered for Ray Spivey. She wanted to use her basement for a Christian ministry, and it has grown in her words “like wildfire.” Four volunteers came together in 2014 to fulfill a request from a local church that wanted 300 dolls for... Read more
During these divisive times, it’s always nice to see people coming together. I can tell you that nothing brings people together better than a Girl Scout cookie sale! From selling at work, to having my sweet girl call and plead family members to purchase her delicious cookies, she has... Read more
A mural of Howard L. Baugh in the Chesterfield County Airport, painted by Maggie O’Leary, is a token of honor for this member of the Tuskegee Airman, those who served bravely and boldly in World War II. Baugh passed away Aug. 23, 2008, but his legacy lives on. The... Read more
It’s that time of year; the “crud” is back in action. You know the crud; you may very well have the crud as you are reading this right now. The crud is any illness infecting persons and making them extremely miserable, whether it is throwing up, fever, cough, or... Read more
When David Potter was a teenager living with his grandparents, he was unsure about what career path he should take. Potter grew up with humble beginnings in Pikeville, Ky., and was destined to become a third generation coal miner. He said the mining town did not have many opportunities,... Read more