I’ve always loved the movies, but I can’t remember the first one I fell for. Was it the trippy cartoon version of The Hobbit?
This week’s feature is about Vaughan Wilson, a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, our war in Afghanistan, which is 10 years old this month. It’s also about the fact that a decade of war has created a generation of men and women directly affected by its costs and that, as a country, we’re really only just beginning to learn what that means.
Food is the most direct connection between necessity and art in culture. Whether you are an Oglala who prizes a salted slice of raw kidney from a fresh kill, a Basque with a taste for reconstituted salt cod in pil pil sauce, or a Virginian with specific thoughts about Surry County ham, our cuisines show how we adapt and ultimately exalt the foods that keep us alive, and in the process create a shared identity.
I’ve led a pretty nomadic existence since my college graduation in 1997. In just under 15 years I’ve lived in 10 places––spending three months at the shortest stop, Eugene, and four years in the most permanent, Boston, where I still managed to bunk down in five different neighborhoods.
Growing up, we sang the Johnny Appleseed song before dinner. I don’t know where the tradition came from in our house. Since my mother was Catholic, I’d guess it came from my father’s side. Not that it makes a whole lot more sense theologically for Alabama Presbyterians to be singing a Swedenborgian anthem, but the hymn […]
Before I moved to Charlottesville, I already had a picture in my mind of the perfect place to live. It was a university town with a balance between culture and country.
I spent two years teaching high school English on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and the way I look at the world will never be the same
Not so nice A response to Chiara Canzi’s story “Making nice,” August 30, which looks at Charlottesville’s Democratic City Council candidates and their efforts to create a unified election ticket. Mr. Nix, Potentially skyrocketing water and power bills ARE an integral part of the big picture for a city whose home ownership numbers are below […]
Mr. Wood Hopefully, the writer of the ugly article about Wendell Wood’s mansion [Best of C-VILLE p. 123] will live as long as Mr. Wood and have the health, energy, and initiative to keep working seven days a week. With that same perseverance, the writer may even earn enough money to build a mansion of […]
According to Supervisor Boyd, “We have to deal with the transportation issue in this county. We can’t just keep growing and not build any roads.” [“Albemarle road race,” August 2] For years his has been the loudest voice on the Board of Supervisors in favor of rapid and rampant development, with only a rare reference […]
Bypass a bum deal “All the other communities along US 29 have bypasses [‘Albemarle road race,’ August 2]!” “All the other kids have needles sticking out of their arms!” Lemmings jump off a cliff too. Just because other entities are doing something stupid does not mean you should. VDOT should have bought up the rights […]
Root the market Should the City Market stay put and expand? Indeed it should! We are dismayed to read that the City wants to sell the site of the present City Market for development [“An unmoveable feast,” July 12]. The City Market is a unique establishment which benefits farmers in the surrounding areas as […]
Sweet release In regards to the recent publication of “The Sweetest Thing” [June 14], I would like to comment that I am in full agreement of the sugar ban. While I pack my child’s lunch daily with fresh fruits and vegetables and organic foods as much as possible, the appeal that cafeteria lunches be healthy […]
In Kluge’s defense J. Tobias Beard reports on Patricia Kluge’s failed wine business in the story “Patricia Kluge: Her fruitless bid for wine royalty” [May 24]. As one proceeds to read the story, however, one realizes that it is not about Patricia Kluge’s failed business venture at all; it is all about the contempt the […]
I am visiting for a few days in Charlottesville and by chance picked up the latest issue of C-VILLE.
Land preserver I appreciated your article on the ACE program and am writing to say I strongly support ACE and its efforts to preserve rural land. Rural land is a prime asset to Albemarle and while the initial benfits of preserving it may be less clear than those of some other programs in the near […]
Wheel life Caroline Laco’s 45-minute commute by bicycle that she says would be cut in half by the Meadow Creek Parkway [“Wheels Keep on Turning,” March 29] reminds us that the parkway does more than gobble up precious park land. Commuters’ time may not top concerns of parkway opponents, but what about the environment? We […]
In response to your March 8, 2011 article “Cry for Help,” we would like to correct the statement that the community’s Safe Sleep program provides mothers with car seats to hold infants while they rest. The Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department offers two separate programs—the Child Safety Seat program and the Charlottesville Area Safe Sleep program. The […]
Cuccinelli is sending a message that state colleges should think twice before fostering an environment hostile to academic and intellectual freedom.
Assault on some gun facts It is amazing how many ways that Dan Catalano can be misleading or wrong in “Gun Crazy” (Odd Dominion, January 25). Just to even things up a bit I’d like to slip in a few facts and a couple observations. Fact #1: California is also in the Top 10 states […]
Freedom’s call I was just reading your article “Gun Crazy” by Don Catalano [Odd Dominion, January 25] and was stunned to hear how liberal Virginia is relative to gun laws. It is truly disgusting. My wife and I attended the screening of the film Freedom Riders last week at the Paramount. It was amazing to […]
I was very disappointed by the December 21 Green Living column, “When to discourage housecats’ hunting?” It’s totally inappropriate in a green column to support the unnecessary killing of wildlife to allow for the “emotional fulfillment of the pets.” Our wildlife is struggling enough to survive due to loss of habitat. Adding cats into the […]
Creature discomfort I like dogs and most other animals, but I don’t like cats. Nevertheless, my neighbors make sure that I don’t lack for cat company. I live in the city, and about 10 cats constantly patrol my neighborhood on the hunt for anything they can kill, not because they are hungry, but simply because […]