Prepare now for “cole-d” weather crops

By: Lela Martin
Posted on: August 13, 2020

You may be in the midst of harvesting your zucchini, tomatoes and basil. However, August is also the ideal time to prepare your garden for its transition to cool-season plants like cole crops. Brassicas, or cole crops, are members of the cabbage family. “Cole” derives from the Latin meaning stem. Cole crops are part of the large genus Brassica, which come from herbs of the Old... READ MORE

Appreciating the Garden Club of Virginia

By: Lela Martin
Posted on: August 12, 2020

Virginia’s diverse natural geography ranges from the Atlantic Ocean to the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Piedmont in between. One group has worked for a century to preserve those natural resources: The Garden Club of Virginia (GCV). The club was the first conservation organization in Virginia, advocating for the state parks system, monitoring state roadways cluttered by signage, and... READ MORE

Taking steps to revive a historic district

By: Glenda C. Booth
Posted on: August 11, 2020

Strolling the streets of Richmond’s historic Jackson Ward with a bounce in his step and a snazzy bowtie, Gary Flowers greets almost everyone, waving at drivers and (pre-pandemic) giving bear hugs to bank employees leaving work for the day. Flowers, who hosts a Richmond radio show, loves meeting people, which is partly why he leads “Walking the Ward” tours. “My purpose in life is... READ MORE

Finding comfort in a sentimental journey

By: Bob Levey
Posted on: July 31, 2020

Comfort food — bad for our bodies but good for our souls — seems to be all the rage during this pandemic. We are reverting to macaroni and cheese, chocolate chip cookies, gloppy pizza. Yes, even to the granddaddy of horrible, those peerless artery cloggers — French fries. But in my cocoon, I’ve been reverting to another kind of comfort. Comfort music. Once upon a time, I ... READ MORE

Suspenseful fiction for summer reading

By: Dinah Rokach
Posted on: July 31, 2020

The Bibliophile This summer, relax and enjoy these tales of crime detection, spycraft and murder as conjured by talented older authors. The Department of Sensitive Crimes: A Detective Varg Novel, by Alexander McCall Smith, 240 pages, Anchor paperback, 2020 Follow Detective Ulf Varg of the Malmo, Sweden, Criminal Investigation Authority as he solves quirky cases assigned to his... READ MORE

Old-time radio buffs celebrate its heyday

By: Glenda C. Booth
Posted on: July 31, 2020

“Enter the theater of your own imagination,” beckons Murray Horwitz every Sunday evening. Listeners tune into shows like “Gunsmoke,” “Superman” and “Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar” on WAMU/88.5 FM’s “The Big Broadcast.” Rapt listeners can ride along in a patrol car with detective Joe Friday as he tracks down a murder suspect on “Dragnet,” or follow U.S. Marshal Matt ... READ MORE