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...

Viewpoint June 2018

Just Another Electrifying Day The electric service that we often take for granted is actually a critical ingredient in the daily rhythms and rituals of family life. June 2018 Eeeekkk! Eeeekkk! Eeeekkk! A groggy head stirs in the pillow’s soft valley. Eyes open...

Viewpoint May 2018

Hear the Falconer! The digital age has expanded our horizons. But it’s also shrunken our shared experience … and created some challenges for our resilient republic. May 2018      More than half a century on, it remains a vivid memory. “Duck and cover.” In the early...

Viewpoint February 2018

A Place Apart Nestled into a corner of west-central Virginia is our highest and least-populous county, Highland. While its Maple Festival annually draws tens of thousands of visitors over two weekends, a true appreciation of its wonders is only possible through visits...

Viewpoint January 2018

56 American Heroes Our nation’s founders risked it all for a chance at self-governance, and ended up building the finest, freest and longest-lasting democracy in history. January 2018 “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they...

Viewpoint December 2017

Sounds of the Season Do you hear what we hear? Yes, above the unsettling background buzz of politicians and pundits in unending news cycles, you’ll hear it: the soft, sweet sounds that reside in the mind’s ear, gently yet insistently calling us home for the holidays....

Viewpoint August 2017

Five Years After … A storm enters the record books, a word enters the common lexicon, and the power of cooperative mutual aid is proven again during the summer of 2012. August 2017 It was as if a powerful torrent breached a massive dam in the darkness, unleashing...