Below you’ll find my best articles covering subjects such as mental health, race, community building, profiles on small business and civic leaders, and more.

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A Different Type of Habitat

Stereolithography. While the name suggests it should be linked to M.C. Escher, Diego Rivera or even Andy Warhol—all expert lithographers, by the way—the name you need to know is Chuck Hull. And while you won’t find Hull’s work in the halls of the Smithsonian, at least not yet, the art he fathered is at the forefront of becoming one of the most influential in human history 

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As public schools fight to provide foundational education opportunities for urban students, Davenport University equips educators with the resources necessary to help these students achieve academic success …

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In an interview with The Wall Street Journal on June 17, 2020, former President Donald Trump responded to critics calling his June 19 political rally date insensitive to Juneteenth by saying, “I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous. It’s actually an important event, an important time. But nobody had ever heard of it.” And that may be a hard point to debate …

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Economist Adam Blandin has been tracking COVID-19 pandemic numbers since March, but not the ones you’re thinking of. 

Blandin, a Virginia Commonwealth University assistant professor of economics, worked with …

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Coined in 1956 by American psychologist Leon Festinger in the book “When Prophecy Fails,” cognitive dissonance is a term that has been in our lexicon for decades but hadn’t come to the forefront as much as it has in the past five years. The word dissonance derives itself from the Latin verb sonare. It’s related to the Latin word sonus, meaning sound. This means things … 

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Michelle Gulden and her team—Julie Peet and Ashley Morrow—unload freshly-picked produce from the fields of KelRae Farm off of the back of an old burgundy, 1967 Ford 100 pickup. At 10 minutes before 8 a.m., it’s balmy and a blanket of clouds has created a low ceiling over Merchants Square, the site of the Williamsburg Farmers Market 

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Ask Jeff Szyperski what he loves, and he’ll tell you “good design.” Mention the relationship between urban design and economic growth and you’ll have his full attention. That’s because Szyperski, founder of ReThink Main Street, gets it. He understands the impact that well-thought-out design has on the economics of our communities, particularly for small towns …

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In 1996, hip-hop trio A Tribe Called Quest released “Stressed Out,” the tale of a black man looking to remain optimistic while dealing with the repercussions of his criminal record, trying to provide for his family and doing his best to not be a victim of neighborhood violence. For many African-American men, this narrative — whether in part or in full — is gospel. Environmental concerns …

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Four jet black Labrador retrievers in red collars chase a red ball across
 a patch of freshly mowed grass. Connie Kniseley, their trainer, calls out to them. “Puppies! Puppies!” she exclaims, clapping her hands. One of the young dogs returns with the ball, tail rapidly wagging. She rubs the dog’s head. “Good girl,” Kniseley annunciates, dislodging the ball from the puppy’s jaws …

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Kerry Messer and her family felt the peace of God while relaxing in Adirondack chairs as they gazed out upon the fields of Bleu Lavande lavender farm while visiting Quebec, Canada, where their daughter, Hannah, attended college. “We saw something there,” recalled Messer. “We sat observing the other people there. Couples and complete strangers were talking, kids were …

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Last September, 29 members of the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance’s LEAD Greater Williamsburg Class of 2019 tucked away at Chanco on the James, a wooded retreat center in neighboring Surry County with a picturesque view of the James River, for a two-day get away. Their objective: to contemplate their required class project and leave the grounds with …

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Born in an impoverished farming community on Lake Okeechobee, 45 minutes inland from West Palm Beach, Florida, Henry Wells remembers seeing migrant workers harvesting sugar cane fields and poor families like his fighting to stay afloat in the projects 

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In 2010, Dr. Richard P. Wenzel, emeritus chair of internal medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University and an infectious diseases epidemiologist, penned the medical thriller “Labyrinth of Terror” 

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Think you know Gloucester? Here are four things you may not know about the little spot on the map that sits at 37°24’48”N longitude and 76°31’26”W latitude. Gloucester is Virginia’s oldest living village. Its history spans from the precolonial and the Revolutionary War to the Civil War and beyond and boasts a strong African American heritage. It’s the unofficial daffodil capital of …

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Early on Jan. 17, 1991, President George H.W. Bush authorized a massive U.S.-led air offensive against Iraqi forces who had invaded Kuwait, thus beginning Operation Desert Storm. Joseph Newman was 25 and serving as an air controller in the U.S. Navy during that 42-day offensive in the Persian Gulf …

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If anything is familiar to 82-year-old Liz Popovich, it’s her polished wood violin. When Popovich glides the bow across the strings, her face lights up. In that moment, she’s carried away by the sound of music she plays entirely from memory …

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Glenn Lavender stands behind a gorgeous solid wood bar donning a red and white Silver Hand Meadery tee. He’s pouring meads for me to try.

“This is a traditional mead,” he says. It’s his flagship variety, Virginia Moon, which if you know …

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Four years ago, Brian Sellers couldn’t read “Goodnight Moon” to his two-year-old daughter. The harder he tried, the more he struggled. Finally, his daughter requested that her mother read to her at bedtime …

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