Viewpoint August 2019

The Flood, the Festival, the Foot on the Moon Three larger-than-life events happened in a narrow band of days in August 1969. Each is iconic, summoning memories and moods with mere mentions: Camille. Woodstock. Apollo 11. August 2019 August is usually a drowsy month....

Viewpoint July 2019

Our Own Greatest Generation Few dreams in the 1930s seemed more daunting than delivering electricity to far-flung farmhouses. But thanks to common folks with uncommon grit, light would soon spread across the landscape of Virginia and the rest of our vast nation. July...

Viewpoint June 2019

Summertime Magic The sights, the sounds, the scents … the exhilarating freedom. For the young, and those who remember being young, summertime is pure magic. June 2019 Every year in June, students step out of school and into a freedom that isn’t really appreciated...

Viewpoint May 2019

Back to Basics It’s our most basic civic duty. Here in the Old Dominion, we have an opportunity to fulfill it every year. In fact, next month many Virginians will have their next chance to do so. How? By voting on June 11. May 2019 W e live in an anxious age. We may...

Viewpoint February 2019

Paper Power For almost 75 years, we’ve put ink on paper to tell the cooperative story. Even in this digital age, we believe that print is still a powerful communications medium. February 2019 This magazine you’re reading was born in 1946, in the fresh dawn of a world...

Viewpoint January 2019

Wise Words from Washington … … George Washington, that is. Father of our country. Our first and one of our finest presidents. Native of Virginia’s Northern Neck. Little remembered today, his 1796 Farewell Address contains warnings and wisdom that still ring true at...

Viewpoint October 2018

Our North Star Cooperatives are an enduring testament to the power of shared principles and local purpose. October 2018 October is a time of outdoor change and indoor reflection. Of gathering in, and giving back. Of chilly nights under the gossamer gaze of a hunter’s...

Viewpoint September 2018

An Ode to Solitude Once in a while it’s refreshing, restorative … and essential … to spend some time with just yourself. September 2018 We’re social animals. Yet the need to get away is ancient and universal. When English poet George Gordon Byron wrote the passages...

Viewpoint August 2018

Binding Wounds, Visible & Invisible A veterans-support organization is issuing a national call to arms to make sure that those who served in uniform receive the help they need to heal on the outside … and the inside. August 2018 Woodrow Wilson Reeves was my...

Viewpoint July 2018

Summertime Magic Remembering vacation trips with family … and long, languid days with boyhood friends, doing everything we wanted, and sometimes nothing at all. July 2018 For the 16th consecutive summer, we’re publishing in our July issue the best entries in our youth...