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Happy Thanksgiving

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I drove to my mom’s home in Patrick County this morning to have Thanksgiving breakfast with her. I stopped on the way back to shoot a photo of the barn. The donkey was posing so I got a photo of it also. He took a pretty keen interest in me, but didn’t bother to get up to say hello.

I’ve spent the rest of the day at home helping Mattie get ready for Thanksgiving dinner at our home. Thanksgiving is her favorite holiday. For that reason, I don’t schedule shoots on Thanksgiving Day despite getting requests. 

Mattie got up about 5 a.m. this morning to start getting ready. That meant I also had to crawl out of bed to get Harrell (our 21-pound turkey) out of the refrigerator in the basement and put him in a cooler of water to finish the thaw. Not long after having two cups of coffee and reading the Martinsville Bulletin, I left for Patrick County stopping along the way to grab some biscuits and gravy from Hardee’s to go along with the eggs mom was going to make. The doctor says Mom should not eat biscuits and gravy so I hope my sister doesn’t read this. She’s a nurse.

When I was in the sixth grade, I had my tonsils taken out. As luck would have it, they were taken out three days before Thanksgiving. About the only thing that could go down on Thanksgiving without hurting was cranberry sauce, and I don’t like the stuff. Since then, I have more than made up for that loss of Thanksgiving dinner and will do it again tonight. Sweet Potato Casserole is my favorite on Thanksgiving and thank goodness my mom gave Mattie the recipe.  

I hope you have a great Thanksgiving.


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November 27, 2008 at 3:54 pm

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Carlisle Holds Grand Opening Of Danville Campus

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Carlisle held a grand opening of the Danville campus today. 

That’s Danville Campus Director Neal Meyer, Danville Mayor Sherman Saunders, and Carlisle Head of School Simon Owen-Williams cutting the ribbon.

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November 20, 2008 at 4:15 pm

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Uptown Christmas Open House

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I went to the Uptown Martinsville Open House on Saturday. All the businesses were open. Santa was at the Piedmont Arts Association, the Virginia Museum of Natural History had free admission for the day and the Martins were giving free carriage rides through uptown.

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November 19, 2008 at 4:39 pm

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Chatmoss Country Club’s 50th Anniversary

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Chatmoss Country Club held held their 50th Anniversary celebration Friday night. 

The Voltage Brothers performed and they were great. Here are a few photos of the band.

























































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November 15, 2008 at 2:00 am

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First Published Photograph – 1986

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firstI was looking for something in my office today and ran across this photo.

It was my first published photograph. It ran in The Enterprise in Stuart, Va. in 1986.

Gail Harding, the publisher, asked me to shoot a photo of this guy because he was growing some really big tomatoes (big news story). 

Anyway, when I arrived at his home he was in his tomato patch tending to his crop. I thought that it was going to be a really boring photo to just take a picture of him holding a tomato.

I decided to ask him to toss it. He did, he caught it and I had my first newspaper job.

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November 13, 2008 at 1:47 pm

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Smith River Sports Complex

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Work on the Smith River Sports Complex is really moving along. I shot these photos are the end of last week.

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November 11, 2008 at 8:01 am

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New Carlisle Photos At

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I added three Carlisle soccer games and the Halloween Carnival to the Carlisle section of my website today.

I posted the photos from the Middle School play and the Martinsville campus Grandparents’ Day earlier this week.


















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November 8, 2008 at 7:09 pm

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