Deja pandemic vu …

Just a few posts down below this one in this underutilized blog is one from 11 months ago… Which I hadn’t looked at in a while … until I wanted to show a non-Facebook friend some pictures from this region (all by me)… Turns out two of the March 2020 pictures were quite similar to pictures I have taken in the past month. So here is a fresh batch…

Still happy to be here in southwest Virginia. Waiting for the music to come back…

The picture is… Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway… Trail’s cabin a bit farther north at the Smart View recreation area on the Blue Ridge Parkway, this year with turkey vultures on the chimney and the first buds on neighboring trees that suffered a pretty nasty February ice storm.

For Saint Patrick’s Day, no shamrocks, but I did find a green rock… At the Rocky Knob hiking trails, also on the Blue Ridge Parkway. And then an optimistic sunset from home, and evidence that I have not just been cruising the parkway taking pictures, but took time to vote in a special election, and get vaccinated. At this point I’m hoping the vaccine has a much more powerful effect then voting for a Democrat candidate in a gerrymandered Republican coal country district.

Meanwhile, even though I’ve been neglecting this blog, I’ve been putting in quite a few hours updating pages and posts at, my audio-rich meditation on the portrayal of newspaper journalists in radio dramas. If you would rather listen to things and look at pictures, head on over there!

mild-mannered reporter who sank into computers and the Web during graduate school in the 1980s and '90s, then taught journalism, media studies and Web production, retiring to write and play more music.

Posted in 2020, 2021, Appalachia, Radford, the Blue Ridge Parkway

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