Christian Wiman is the celebrated author of three books of poetry whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, and The New York Times Book Review. He is also the editor of Poetry magazine—a position he will relinquish in June to join the faculty of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and [...]
What if I were to tell you that here in Charlottesville there is a nucleus of artists who self-identify as Christians, who are on the cutting edge of the scene, and who have no interest in converting you? We’re talking honest-to-goodness churchgoers exploring creativity with no evangelical intent other than to create works of art [...]
When my sons were in their mother’s belly, they had no idea their first few years would be so different than their peers’. That instead of lazy mornings spent with Mama and her friends and their kids, they would be subjected to daddy day care or, as I called it, “baby boot camp.” This was [...]
On April 10, the University of Virginia announced that billionaire alum Paul Tudor Jones and his wife Sonia had donated $12 million for the creation of the Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC). Set to begin this fall, the center will be dedicated to the study of meditation, yoga, and mindfulness training and how these practices can [...]
After my first son was born some four years ago, I briefly thought about starting a blog to document staying home with him, but then dismissed the idea. I wasn’t yet ready to “come out” as a stay at home dad, but when my wife became pregnant again two years later, it was finally time [...]
On a busy Monday afternoon at Brown’s Store on Avon Street, Kim Brown is packing up a tray of fried chicken and her husband is ringing up customers at the register. It would be just another day were it not for the presence of the tall young man with braids standing behind the counter, looking [...]
On April 10, a dedication ceremony was held for The Crossings, a single-room occupancy, permanent housing facility located at the corner of Fourth Street and Preston Avenue
If I’m being completely honest, I had no idea what I was doing four years ago. I still vividly remember my baby son’s mother walking out the front door for her first day back at work and as she drove off, thinking, “O.K., now what?” If it were a movie, the camera would have started [...]
Marie’s Butterfly Trail is filled with plants to attract the winged creatures. (Photo by Ash Daniel) At its core, life with small children is a series of regular practices. They almost always wake-up, eat, watch, and play at similar times and with the same things. Even outings with them are most likely a variation on [...]
Tom Connaughton (far right), an ESOL teacher at Greenbrier Elementary, leads his students on weekly runs over a section of the Rivanna Trail near the intersection of 29N and the Route 250 Bypass. (Photo by Nick Strocchia) In Charlottesville, we have an approximately 20-mile urban trail system that forms an almost contiguous loop around the [...]
“Winning and doing well was always important to me,” former UVA tailback Cedric Peerman said. “It still is but glorifying God has been impressed on me. Now I want to represent Jesus Christ on the football field. My identity is not found in my performance. My identity is found in Christ.” (Photo by Jason O. [...]
On March 1, members of the Living Wage Campaign—all students at the University of Virginia—announced that they had ended a hunger strike that began nearly two weeks before. UVA president Teresa Sullivan had refused to meet their demands that the university raise its minimum wage for employees to $13 an hour. On February 18, 12 [...]
Last month, the media conglomerate Media General—owner of numerous television stations and newspapers, including the Daily Progress and Richmond Times-Dispatch—reported a loss of $3.3 million on $168 million of total revenue in the fourth quarter of 2011, which is about 12 percent lower than the fourth quarter of 2010. That decline resulted in major cuts [...]
One day in August, I got up well before the sun and drove over to Darden Towe Park, where I pulled in next to a small group of cars and joined a growing gaggle of people stretching, jogging, and chatting. Within 15 minutes I was face down in a dew-soaked field doing push-ups beside nearly [...]
Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier is always busy. When I got him on the phone one Sunday, he was in the middle of mixing a live album to be posted for free on the band’s website. The day before, Saunier participated in an explosive show at Brooklyn’s Union Pool with three other percussionists.
Deerhoof plays at the Jefferson Theater on September 22
“Hey B, wanna go to a park?” “No, I wanna stay home.” “All day?” “Yeah, all day!” “No, c’mon. We gotta get out of the house, it’s super nice out.” [Silence, as B goes back to his toys and I try to figure out another approach.] “Hey B, wanna go to the river and see [...]
On Sunday, August 1, the seven members of the Hope Community Center’s Charlottesville Lions piled into the team van to head back home.
After eating a potluck dinner under a shelter in McIntire Park, more than 70 county residents picked Duane Snow to run in the Samuel Miller District and Rodney Thomas in the Rio District.
This July, the local Habitat for Humanity will submit to the city an application to rezone the Sunrise Trailer Court. Located off Carlton Avenue, the site is presently home to 17 trailers and a freestanding house, but if Habitat has its way it will begin construction in 2011 on a planned redevelopment of the mobile [...]
On a wet and chilly night, last Tuesday, county Republican chair Christian Schoenewald stood just outside the entrance to the main shelter at McIntire Park and beamed.
An hour before the convening of the county’s Democratic caucus on May 11, the two candidates for the Board of Supervisors from the Samuel Miller District—pharmacist Madison Cummings and architect Lucia Phinney—stood in the foyer of the County Office Building and watched as Albemarle Democratic Committee Chair Fred Hudson fingered a silver dollar he was [...]
Last June, a re-use study was conducted in the town of Crozet to determine the fate of its old elementary school.
For the last 15 years, the seat has been occupied by Sally Thomas who decided not to seek re-election.
On April 21 at a forum sponsored by Charlottesville Tomorrow and the Free Enterprise Forum, Charlottesville Mayor Dave Norris strengthened his place as the lead candidate for one of the two spots open for this year’s city council election (as well as for the May 9 Democratic primary). “The wonderful experience that I’ve had raising [...]