Inside this Issue

August/September 2015

Seeing Seeds
A Photographic Journey into the World of Seedheads, Pods, and Fruit

Images from the new book Seeding Seeds by photographer Robert Llewellyn
And author Teri Dunn Chace


A centuries-old saying goes, “Great oaks from little acorns grow.” But as Seeing Seeds reveals, there is much more to a seed than the plant it will someday become: seeds, seedheads, pods, and fruits have their own astounding beauty that rivals, and sometimes even surpasses, the beauty of flowers. In these stunning pages you’ll gain an understanding of how seeds are formed and dispersed, why they look the way they do, and how they fit into the environment. Seeing Seeds will take you to strange and wonderful places. When you return, it’s safe to say that you’ll never look at a seed the same way again.

















House Calls
The UVA Health System Takes Telemedicine into the 21st century

by Katie Manning
Photographs UVA Health System


Dr. Karen Rheuban places her black flip phone on a glass-covered oval table at the University of Virginia (UVA) Center for Telehealth. The tiny device looks like a relic next to a high-defintion monitor and heavyweight camera at the head of the gray meeting room. The phone is about the only low-tech part of her job as Professor of Pediatrics at UVA, Senior Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education and External Affairs, and the co-director of UVA’s 20-year-old telemedicine program.

Every week, Dr. Rheuban sits down with about a dozen doctors, coordinators and analysts to discuss the latest developments. The Telehealth team files into the room and two people appear on-screen to virtually join the meeting. At today’s meeting, graphs and figures showing the lives saved thanks to UVA Telemedicine spices up talk of technical problems and installation successes.

Specialty medical services have doubled over the past four years. The center now connects 152 telemedicine partner sites across the Commonwealth to UVA Health System. The technology has put UVA Health System on the map as one of the country’s premier telehealth centers.



The 2015 Southern Living Idea House at Bundoran Farm
A Classic Southern Design with a Timeless Aesthetic


The 2015 Southern Living idea house is located just fifteen minutes south of Charlottesville (and the University of Virginia), at Bundoran Farm by Natural Retreats, a conservation-based development where over 90 percent of the 2,300 acres are protected as a working landscape. Bundoran Farm was chosen because it is one of the South’s, and the country’s, only conservation communities centered around active agricultural production. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, homesites are set amongst equestrian pastures, apple orchards, vineyards and mature hardwood forests. Partners include interior designer Bunny Williams, Keith Scott and Julie Kline Dixon of The Rosney Company Architects, Jayson Collier of Summit Custom Home and luxury travel and real estate company Natural Retreats.

Work by local artists and craftsmen is featured throughout the space, along with new items from Williams’ Ballard Designs line and her first-ever line of beds for Bunny Williams Home collection. The house is emblematic of Williams’ modern vision, a sense of history, and the confidence to take the unexpected path.



Brace Yourself for Autumn Storms
By Annie Dou


As the summer winds down and our days fill with turkey-roastings and back-to-school sales, the weather is certainly the last thing on anyone’s mind. Yet, as the saying goes, “Storm’s a comin.’”

While autumn in Virginia is fairly tame with cooler temperatures and the occasional refreshing breeze, it can also be the center of fierce storms. Thunderstorms and lightning present many hazards as we move further in the season. To be well prepared for any situation, check out the following tips and make this fall that much more manageable.


















150 Years of Tenacity and Dedication: The Jefferson School Celebrates its Sesquicentennial
Compiled by Andrea Douglas


The legacy of the Jefferson School is a remarkable one. As a cornerstone for African American citizens of Charlottesville and surrounding Albemarle County, the Jefferson School is a focal point for their emergence as a dynamic and vital part of the community’s social history during the 20th century. It represents a spirit of tenacity and dedication to the highest national ideals of equality and fairness. This year, the Jefferson School Foundation and the Jefferson School City Center resident partners celebrate the 150th anniversary of the opening of the original school.

The Jefferson School first opened its doors in October 1865, just six months after the end of the Civil War. The New England Freedmen’s Aid Society sent a teacher, Anna Gardner, to Charlottesville to open a school for former slaves. She named the school “Jefferson School” after the nation’s third president, Thomas Jefferson, whom she admired. Throughout the 1930s and 1950s, the school building underwent expansions, including the addition of the Carver Recreation Center, and shifts in purpose as the student demographic outgrew the space.

Conveniently situated between the University of Virginia and Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall, this historic landmark is a bridge between the collegiate community and the greater Charlottesville-Albemarle area and is a part of the revitalization of the Starr Hill neighborhood. The school and neighborhood fit into a long, deeply rooted African American cultural tradition in Charlottesville.



Last Laugh
The Way We Wear

By Louise B. Parsley


Given my adverse reaction to the bleach blonde (actually, macaw yellow) young woman whose magenta and maroon plaid scantily-clad midriff, sage green camouflage cargo shorts and rhinestone-encrusted flip flops were oozing into my personal space on a recent flight, I realized it’s official—I am that woman. That woman who, like my mother, would comment (in her church whisper that could be heard across outer space) that there should be a dress code on airplanes, in church, and at WalMart.

Okay, given that that last one has an entire website dedicated to its patrons’ dress (www.peopleofwalmart.com), it might be a stretch.

It’s not that I am a snappy dresser. On good days, I can manage to draw from my closet separates from agreeable color palettes. But I should be more stylish. After all, I did grow up watching my mother go to extraordinary lengths to make certain her clothes and hair were perfect.









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