Hunting Season

He sees the doe, one of the millions overrunning — The land, possessing the forests — In search of dwindling grass. Sighting at one, another comes into view. He knows shooting the first-day’s trophies — Means a family’s contentment. […]


Does he dream?

Chilton G. Raiford of Amissville passed away on August 14, 2018 at the age of 95. Grace Raiford of Castleton, an eleventh grader at Rappahannock County High School and a statewide recognized playwright, penned the following homage to her grandfather while she sat with him just a few days before his passing. […]


A toast to the queen

Ruby Dwyer of Old Hollow celebrated her 90th birthday last Friday, January 19th. On Saturday, her three children — Kathy, Sam and Gary Dwyer — threw their mom a wonderful birthday party attended by dozens of her friends at Trinity Episcopal Church. […]



I heard the first four measures of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in my head, A soprano sang, accompanied by flutes, I loaded the rifle, the shells were from Czechoslovakia […]


Poem: April’s Fool

Relentless, his jokifying

Went on non-stop,

Made traffic halt and Aspens quake.

Encouraged by the slightest chortle,

A guffaw sent him off in mirthic ecstasies,

Stepping not too lightly on the trillium. […]