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From the Rappahannock News

Up in the Hollow: Hail to the Redskins! Hail to the Redskins?

Roger Goodell, the majordomo of the weekly bone-crushing fracas called the National Football League, said the other day that he is sensitive to those who think that the nickname of the Washington franchise in the NFL, the “Redskins,” is a racial slur. Listening to the offended, even a minority of one, could become a full-time job for him. […]

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Up in the Hollow: The Second War of Northern Aggression

Over the years Ben Jones has heard a lot of his Yankee friends say, “You people down South seem to be still fighting the Civil War.” The South was bad; the North was good. Abe Lincoln was the finest American who ever lived. This is the myth of the victors, who get to write the history books. […]

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Up in the Hollow: Y’all thrum back now, y’hear?

And as they gathered for the final ritual of departure, the 2nd Battalion of the 2nd Corps of the 2nd Horde, all 170 billion of them, began to fall silent. There, in Harris Hollow, they bowed to the Great Pharaoh Baba Loo Bop, Lord of the Vast Cicada Hordes. […]

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Up in the Hollow: Spring has arrived, not giant snails  

You think we’ve got problems around here? Check out this recent lead paragraph from Reuters News Service: “South Florida is fighting a growing infestation of one of the world’s most invasive species: The Giant African Land Snail, which can grow as big as a rat and gnaw through stucco and plaster.” […]

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Up in the Hollow: Smoke, smoke, smoke that cigarette!

Mark Twain famously said that it was so easy to quit smoking, he had done it a hundred times. Ben Jones only quit once, back in 1978 — he had smoked maniacally for over 20 years. And Family Dollar? They actively try to cultivate smokers, calling them “repeat customers.” […]

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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Springtime surprise

Like many of you this winter keeps surprising Richard Brady. A couple of weeks ago, it was so nice and balmy he had visions of getting my peas and potatoes in the ground. Then came the big snowstorm. He kept telling his bride, who hates snow, “it’s not going to amount to anything.” […]

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Up in the Hollow: Wouldn’t give a nickel for a dollar store

Many of us have made the complete absence of nationally franchised commercial outlets in Rappahannock a point of pride, writes Ben Jones. That should absolutely include Family Dollar, the kind of “discount chain” outfit purposely designed to run local mom-and-pop operations out of business. […]

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Up in the Hollow: A long way from Puddleville

I had heard the name, but that’s about all I knew about Gene Patterson. As time went by, I learned more – a lot more – and everything I learned bolstered that first impression. He was indeed a good man, one of the best that came out of the South in the 20th century. […]