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One Sketch a Day: A Visual Diary

Select works of artist Mike Fitts capturing the first months of COVID-19.


When COVID-19 reached Virginia in mid-March, Charlottesville artist Michael Fitts was 68 days into the year’s One Sketch A Day journal. Primarily an oil painter, Fitts began the One Sketch A Day five years ago as a counterpoint to his finely detailed, time-invested paintings on panels made from found metal. The topics rendered are broad but are most often informed by events of the day, typically leaning toward the humorous but always a visual diary of one man’s interior.

Cover Feature

A Sense of Time: Early American Clocks

by Ken Farmer • www.kenfarmerllc.com


When you first aware of time? My first memory is of an electric clock in our living room growing up in the 50s. At that age, my earliest concern with time was where the big hand was in relation to the television shows that we could pick up with a big antenna on the roof. Another significant time-awareness moment for me was when I first saw Thomas Jefferson’s Great Clock at Monticello, designed by Jefferson and built by Peter Spruck in 1792. It is fully functional today, and can be seen on tours of the house.

Building for the Future: The Center for Adolescent and Adult Autism Services Takes Shape

by Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, Founding Principal of Purple Cherry Architects


When you raise a child with autism, you learn to live in the moment. You can’t think about the future, especially in the early years. You find yourself overwhelmed with just trying to figure out the day. And over time, you might look forward a bit. Before you know it, your child is an adult, and you worry what will happen when you’re gone. Literally. Every mother or father raising a child worries about their future. When a child struggles, these worries can be even bigger, if not simply huge. I remember my mother worrying about my brother with intellectual disabilities and his future without her. She worried about her other children too. And she worried that her other children would not have additional responsibilities beyond their own families.

Building Business and Community

A letter from Elizabeth Cromwell, President and CEO of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce


Generally, I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. They often seem like an effort to atone for last year’s sins (COVID “diet” and a few others) or are pipe dreams that inevitably fall apart by the end of January. But after this year’s slog, I can’t remember ever being this excited for a new year to start. So I am taking this opportunity to make some bold resolutions and predictions for our organization and the business community at large. Somehow, resolutions seem more manageable when I am committing all of us to them!

Put the Spirit in Your Season: Festive Food and Cocktail Ideas in Time for the Holidays


In Virginia, we take pride in our hand-crafted spirits. Try these recipes from A. Smith Bowman, Copper Fox Distillery, Belmont Farm Distillery, KO Distilling, and Ironclad Distillery.

Toast to the 400th anniversary of Virginia Spirits with The Virginia Spirits Trail & Passport Program. Details at www.VirginiaSpirits.org.

The Evolution of Virginia Spirits


Virginia distillers take pride in the stories that shaped the past while focusing on the depth and breadth of quality spirits production in Virginia. Whiskey, bourbon, gin, rum, brandy, vodka, and even absinthe are all produced in Virginia today.

All Creatures Great and Small

photography by Robert Llewellyn • www.robertllewellyn.com


To a Mouse
On Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough, November, 1785 —an excerpt.

“Wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim’rous beastie,
O, what a panic’s in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi’ bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an’ chase thee,
Wi’ murdering pattle! I’m truly sorry Man’s dominion
Has broken Nature’s social union,
An’ justifies that ill opinion
Which makes thee startle
At me, thy poor, earth-born companion
An’ fellow-mortal!”

—Robert Burns

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