Sometimes I’m a chicken. In college, I actually narrowed down my choice of majors to those that didn’t require public speaking 101. Bawk.       That chicken with the big grin is my 14 year old nephew. In public, he’s mostly a quiet kid. But it’s interesting what happens when you put a quiet kid in a chicken suit.     Braver than he thinks? Maybe. I could’ve used a chicken suit a couple of weeks ago when… Read more »

  Is it spring yet? Okay, maybe not. But after historically cold temperatures for the last two weeks here in central Virginia (and six and 1/3 snow days that shut down the city cancelled school), I got a tad excited when I saw the ice melting on the ponds at Byrd Park.       Pond gulls (probably not their scientific name)     …the stuff I brought home on my shoes.      Or, if there are TONS of… Read more »

  How to spin time into gold   You will need: your time snow a baby carrot chopped dates a few Tic Tacs and whatever else your heart may desire   1. Dig fingers into snow and let the fun begin! 2. Toss aside any pine needles, brown leaves, and the voice in your head questioning why you are spending precious time making a snowman on a weekday morning      3. Give your snowman a minty Tic Tac grin.     … Read more »