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MELIMDA MYERS: Grow Vertically for Added Beauty / Productivity

Expand your planting space, grow a living screen, or add vertical interest to your garden beds. Train vines up a decorative support, onto a fence, or allow them to...

MORGAN GRIFFITH: Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a time for celebrations across the Ninth District, only a few of...

SERWAN ZANGANA: Marijuana: A Silent Destroyer of Virginia Communities

The outcome of legalizing marijuana by Virginia lawmakers can be observed negatively in Roanoke City....

MIKE KEELER: A Genius in 236 Words

OK aspiring writers, this one’s easy. Maybe too easy.Your assignment today is to write a story...

Cats Do Not Manipulate Us Like The Current White House Administration

Many years ago, I thought the idea of having a cat as a pet, specifically...

The Recipe of the Week from The Happy Chef: Good Ol’ Virginia Apple Butter

Well, Grandparents ARE a great thing! I have so many fond memories of my grandparents. My mother’s parents actually lived here in Roanoke,...

Oh, Deer…!

No, this isn’t a lament about the deer that wander into our garden, devouring the green beans, feasting on kale, and nibbling grape vines...

Four Dead Trees and Counting

I have this tree in my front yard; actually it is tree number four.  Several years ago while having a sewage line repaired, the root...

The Recipe of the Week from The Happy Chef: Turkey Burgers with Special Sauce

By Leigh Sackett My friend Nicole gave me this recipe. She said it is FABULOUS! It is a great healthy option for that Labor...

Sunnis and Shiites—Lessons from Iraq

We are inundated with news masquerading as accurate information on the continuation of Iraqi violence.  Most of what is presented is slanted to suit...

The Best and Worst (perhaps) Retirement Options

Getting old is a frightening proposition my friends, and with each passing day comes another reminder of what lies ahead.  Every morning I look...