Agewise: Exercise? Who me?

If we define ‘exercise’ as doing some movement that is over and beyond what it takes us to accomplish our activities of daily living, then exercise is good for everyone. If someone is any age and healthy, and they want to run a marathon, then they should check with their physician and exercise to meet that goal. If someone is over 60 and has one or multiple chronic conditions, and they don’t want to run a marathon, but do want to be able to carry groceries, drive a car, and continue their hobbies, then they, also, should check with their physician and exercise to meet their goal. One exercise does not fit all, and people usually need more than just one exercise type. Even the frail elderly person can improve their balance and ability to perform activities of daily living when given appropriate functional fitness activities. […]


Germanna cited as ‘military friendly’ college

G.I. Jobs, a magazine for military personnel making the transition to civilian life, has named Germanna Community College to its 2017 Military Friendly School list. Over 500 Germanna students are currently taking advantage of G.I. Bill benefits, according to retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Bob Dixon, GCC’s Veterans Counselor, including some military dependents. […]


It’s all about accountability

There’s more weight on Culpeper Town Police officers these days – literally and figuratively. The use of body worn cameras was approved in the town council budget cycle and for the last few weeks officers have undergone training in their proper use. In addition, staff has worked on finalizing policies regarding this new feature. […]


From Culpeper to Peru…the trek continues

It is hard to top last year’s adventure on the Appalachian Trail. Hiking another trail for four months straight was not in the cards for Poppins and me this year. There are those pesky things called jobs. The good news is there are other, shorter, trails out there. Throw in some language and cultural barriers for spice and we have an adventure. This year we flew to Peru and hiked the famous Incan Trail to Machu Picchu! The adventures of Poppins and Stoat continue… plus “Porter,” she is new. […]


CURTAIN CALLS: ‘The Secret Garden’ – Bloomin’ Beautiful

Personal note: Twenty-five years ago, I had the pleasure of seeing the first musical production of “The Secret Garden” on Broadway. It was a lush and lovely spectacle, but I especially remember the little girl, 11-year-old Daisy Eagan, who played Mary Lennox. She carried the weight of the show on her small shoulders and became the youngest ever recipient of the Tony Award. I remember how, standing for a well-deserved ovation, I saw myself as part of a picture from her past. I have often wondered since then where the trajectory of her life has taken her. […]