Forty-plus years, three homes, and lots of life

Sixteen years ago this month, wife Amy and I closed on the purchase of our current home in Floyd County, the third home we’ve lived in during nearly 41 years of marriage and, we hope, our final domicile. It is a New England “saltbox” style...
Losing Chuck Berry to the ages

Losing Chuck Berry to the ages

Rock and roll pioneer and legend Chuck Berry died Saturday at his home in St. Charles County, Missouri, not far from St. Louis. Although I grew up with his music, I saw him in concert during the 1970s while photographing the Mississippi River Festival on the campus of...
Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King

Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King

Wire service telegraph machines had alarms with loud bells that would clang when a major news story broke. Several of the machines began clanging in the wire machine room in the back of the third floor newsroom of The Roanoke Times and World News on the afternoon of...
Nightmares of Larry Joe Adams

Nightmares of Larry Joe Adams

Two years ago, while undergoing therapy to recover from a motorcycle accident that kept me in a coma for much of November 2012, my occupational therapist asked me about dreams. My response: “What dreams?”  I told her that I was not dreaming. “No...