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My Mother – I Could Get by with Nothing!

Monday’s Rewind No. 6 – My Mother (Continued) School Years – I could get by with Nothing Lois started teaching the year I entered the first grade. She taught high school English and Biology. New Kent School was a two-floor … Continue reading

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I Grew up on a Farm in Virginia – No. 5

Walking to Susie’s (Age 4) In No 4, we learned about “How I learned to Cuss” I grew up in a simpler time and in a simpler place. By now, if you have followed my “I Grew Up on a … Continue reading

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My Mother (Continued)

No. 8 – Mother’s Cooking – And then there were grits. (My apologies, this article was posted out of sequence.) Following up on the topic of cooking; growing up in Virginia, you would think grits would have been a regular … Continue reading

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I Grew up on a Farm in Virginia – No. 4

Days at the Beach (and How I learned to Cuss!) In No. 3, we left me “afloat” on a stuffed horse in a mud puddle! Lois and Susie would go to Virginia Beach every summer before I started school. Those … Continue reading

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My Mother: Florence Lois Rice Richmond (or Why I am an Only Child)

Monday Rewind I started this series and was distracted. Here is the second installment. No. 2 –  Why I am an Only Child My mother, Lois Richmond, had a significant influence on my life, interests, career choices, and the fact … Continue reading

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I Grew up on a Farm in Virginia – No. 3

The Richmonds Come to the Farm At the end of No 2. You may recall that my grandmother, Susie, married W.R. Shackleford, and that is how we came to be on the farm at Moyseneck. W.R. died in 1940 as … Continue reading

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I Grew Up on a Farm in Virginia

Monday’s Rewind Foreword – This is the first in a series of posts that I originally posted in early 2014. These are stories about my growing up in Virginia on a farm. It will cover roughly 20 years–maybe more. I … Continue reading

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Tamron Tele-Macro Lens – Part 2

Quite frankly, I was so interested in getting a good telephoto lens, I essentially overlooked the macro features of the Tamron 70-300 Telephoto/Macro lens. On my daily walk around the yard, I discovered a small (less than an inch body … Continue reading

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An Affordable Telephoto

Photo of the Week In preparation for a trip this summer, I was looking for an affordable telephoto lens that would deliver acceptable, if not better quality for my Nikon. I selected the Tamron 70-300. Priced less than $200 it … Continue reading

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The Grand Canyon – of the Yellowstone

Photo of the week Travel is one of the best teachers. Until this summer, I assumed there was only one “Grand Canyon.” There are spectacular views into the river-cut gorge of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, not far from … Continue reading

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