Hollering Hill: A Timeless Treasure in Nathalie

NATHALIE, VA- US livestock auctions date back to the 1600s with the sale of crops, animals, tools, tobacco, and land. Even in today’s hi-tech world, auctions are still the fastest (and the most efficient) way to sell these items — a quick mechanism to convert assets into cash. When Robert Coblentz grew up in rural Delaware, …

What the Peddler Brings To Halifax

HALIFAX , VA- In the early days, peddlers brought more than wares to people in the sparsely settled lands of our country. Folks living on the frontier looked forward to seeing the peddler’s wagon cresting the hill and hearing pots and other goods clanging together announcing his arrival. Not only could they get pots, cloth, …

Alight

By Michael Gray The leaves have come to turning chlorophyll emerald becomes burnt orange and crimson red, an inferno on every tree Soon they will truly be alight smoke furling into the air tendrils rising up before dissipating Accompanying them are sparks, having broken free from the coals they’re now ready for a taste of …

Finding My Way Home: This Farm Wife

“Can’t never could.” Three words my husband says often to our children that have left an indelible mark on me, as well. Three words that sum up so much of how I’ve gotten where I am, at the same time keeping me grounded to move forward. I mean, really — can’t. never. could. But for …

Welcome to Saritaville

By Norwood Walker With apologies to Jimmy Buffett, but Saritaville — like Margaritaville — just inspires song. Eatin’ on pancakes Watchin’ the lake bake Round me all of those flowers covered with blooms Firin’ up the fire pit after dark, see those weenies Beginning to burn Lazing away again in Saritaville Wanting for nothing at …