Inside this Issue

April/May 2017


Lovely, Dark and Deep
Special Collectors Edition

In their upcoming book to be released this Fall, writer Joan Maloof and photographer Robert Llewellyn take us on an adventure into the Intricate and Mysterious Ecosystem of the Forest.

A forest is a complex web of energy and matter and it reaches out far beyond the confines of identified acreages. Much of what a forest does, and is, is invisible and can never be captured by the camera. At other times the energy and the matter all align on the scale of human perception and we see; oh, a blossom, a salamander, a mushroom, a bear! All amazing, all wonders to be studied forever and, even then, to be felt more than to really be known. Take any one of these images and spend some time with it and you will understand what the poet William Blake meant about seeing the World in a Grain of Sand. These nodes of matter show us the never-ending flow of energy and change right here, right this moment. And the shutter clicks.

The pen is a slower, but it can include a bit more of the intersections. It can tell of strand pulling strand in the web of life. It can hint at the dimension of time. And then finally beyond the camera and the pen there is the energy and matter that you, reader, bring to the equation. For after you douse yourself in the images and the words you must go a step beyond and add the dimension of experience. It is only then that you will truly start seeing the forest. And the forest will see you too. There are plenty of eyes in these photos and, as you will read here, even the eyeless trees sense your light.





























Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled
An Exhibit at the Library of Virginia


Virginians imbibed their last legal drink on Halloween night in 1916—more than three years before national prohibition was enacted. Newspapers reported bacchanalian scenes in the Old Dominion’s cities as “wets” drank up and bought out the stock of saloons and bars. Most of the state’s liquor, beer, and wine producers quietly shut down. Many farmers worried that a major part of their livelihood from corn and fruit had disappeared overnight, while supporters of prohibition exulted in the promise of a morally upright “Dry Virginia.” For the next 18 years the state became a laboratory for a grand social experiment that ultimately left many Virginians with a serious hangover—and eventually led to repeal.



Making A Difference: Brooks Family YMCA
Affordable and Accessible Recreation For All


The YMCA (commonly known as “the Y”) is a powerful association of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life joined by a shared passion: to strengthen the foundations of community. The YMCA organization was created by George Williams in June 1844 with aims to put Christian principles into practice, developing a healthy body, mind, and spirit. From its inception, the YMCA grew rapidly and ultimately became a worldwide movement. Local YMCAs engage in a wide variety of charitable activities, including providing athletic facilities, holding a wide variety of classes, and humanitarian work. As the nation’s leading nonprofit organization, the Y is committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility. The Y ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive.

The Piedmont Family YMCA serves more than 10,000 people in our community through the Crozet YMCA, CYAC Swim Team, Child Care, Sports Programs and Camps.



Slices Of Life
Uncle Wilson and The Mules

Mary Morony’s ‘Slices of Life’ series will take you through thought-provoking experiences and life lessons along with the Mackey family,using humor and whimsy. Her stories will leave you inspired, nostalgic and entertained.

The exasperated boy threw his book bag down. “Gotta write another dang paper.” Groaning, Gordy Mackey flopped on his sister’s bed beside his bag of books.

Sallee sat up eager to help, “Maybe I can? Ya know, I love to...about what...which class?” In her zeal, she was unable to complete a thought before a new one burbled up to take its place, her words spilling over her brother like cold water from a garden hose.

“Yeah, slow down, jeez. Give a guy time to think, why don’t you?” Taking a deep breath, he held it for longer than the girl thought possible before expelling it in a long sigh. “Cooperation,” he said. “How cooperating helps things get done.” With a glum glance at his sibling, he turned over onto his back and tossed a balled-up wad of paper in the air. “It’s like she knows I can’t write and is looking for ways to flunk me. Not that that is going to be hard.” With another big sigh he hurled the ball skyward as hard as he could.






























Historic Morven Farm, Photographer Bill Mauzy
Hospice Of The Piedmont

Many people believe that hospice is a destination—a place you go at the end of life. In reality, hospice is a service, not a place, and is based on the firm belief that everyone is entitled to excellent care at the end of life. Dedicated to respecting people’s choices and preserving human dignity, hospice works with families to provide loving care to terminally ill patients, with a focus on quality of life and comfort instead of cure. Hospice of the Piedmont (HOP) provides patients with compassionate pain control and symptom management, often in the comfort of their homes. Their team of credentialed, experienced physicians, nurses, aides, chaplains, social workers, bereavement counselors, and well-trained volunteers provide practical, emotional, and spiritual support. Hospice of the Piedmont is the only local, community-based, nonprofit hospice in the region. Based in Charlottesville since 1980, they are the region’s oldest and most experienced hospice, and have shared the journey with tens of thousands of patients in their 12-county service area: Albemarle, Augusta, Buckingham, Culpeper, Fauquier, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, and Rappahannock.



Last Laugh
The Land of Fire and Ice

Louise B. Parsley

When my globetrotting daughter found a window in her work schedule, she asked if I was up for a trip abroad. “Yeah,” she said. “Iceland. In February.”

That’s broader than abroad in my book. Beyond insane. But spending six days with her, just the two of us, is a rarity. Her siblings cringed at the thought.

The thing about traveling with a fiercely independent adult daughter is this: she will grow to resent you. She walks faster, needs less sleep and her “wheels up” prep time averages three minutes. I need half an hour just to sort my pills. Carrying a Ziploc as luggage, she winced at the sound of my lopsided spinner suitcase ka-chunking down the concourse and rolled her eyes out loud when my right shoe set off the TSA alarm. Every time.

For me, the problem with Iceland is that it’s…outdoors. Hot volcanoes and glaciers. Geysers, lava rock fields and waterfalls every 30 feet. She loves to hike it all. I am outdoorsy in that I like to day-drink on patios. Her dream was to soak in the legendary hot springs. Mine, to see the Northern Lights with a hot toddy in each hand.

It probably wasn’t advisable the day before departure to go to a Pilates class for the first time in five years and bend it like Beckham. After a 42-hour journey (including two stops), my entire body was tighter than a bad facelift. By the time we landed, the flight attendant has to restore me to an upright and locked position.









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The 2016 Blue Ridge Home Builders Association
Parade of Homes
October 1, 2, and 8, 9

As a proud member of the Blue Ridge Home Builders Association (BRHBA), albemarle invites you to visit the 2016 Parade of Homes. The Parade gives local builders an opportunity to show off the very best in new construction. Every year this FREE event draws buyers looking for new homes, owners looking for creative ways to renovate existing homes, and consumers who are curious about what’s new in their neighborhood.

Visitors who attend will have a chance to view a wide range of home styles, prices, and locations. Innovative technologies and energy conservation, as well as what is new in the way of floor plans, color schemes, and amenities, will be on display. From foundation to finish, BRHBA members will make sure your home is built to the highest quality standards using the most current techniques and products, and will design your home to fit your lifestyle.

2016 BRHBA Parade of Homes Participants