Jennifer MacAdam-Miller

Harriet Kuhr is the executive director of the Charlottesville International Rescue Committee. Photo: Nick Strocchia

Refugee crisis hits home: Local agency braces for more cuts to U.S. resettlement programs

The 2020 federal fiscal year begins October 1, marking the deadline for Donald Trump’s presidential determination on the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States for resettlement. Virginia has already taken a hit from previous reductions by Trump, with Richmond’s Church World Service—one of nine State Department-designated resettlement agencies in the U.S.—announcing that […]

Earl Swift visits the Blue Ridge Parkway's Afton Overlook, elevation 2,054 feet, with the Rockfish Valley sprawling below. Photo: Amy and Jackson Smith

The accidental environmentalist: Author Earl Swift could go on about the ravages of climate change. But really, he’d rather be hiking.

Earl Swift is the author of seven books, including the urgent and poignant Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island. It was named a best book of 2018 by NPR, The Washington Post, Outside, Bloomberg, and Smithsonian, among others, and recently won a Reed Environmental Writing Award from the Southern Environmental […]

Renee Byrd’s recipes—including the one for these honey-sweetened thumbprint strawberry jam cookies—are as delicious as they are as healthy as they are delicious. Photo: Renee Byrd

The joy of eating: How a local cook, food stylist, and blogger with a national following learned to love food again

After years of struggling with disordered eating and food sensitivities, Renee Byrd rediscovered her love of food and cooking. Now she shares recipes—and a bit of life-changing magic—on Will Frolic for Food, the blog she started in 2013. In a way, Byrd, 29, is the Marie Kondo of food. While she advocates a better, simpler […]