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Happy To Be Here

Learning the wisdom of gratitude

One of my favorite hobbies is sleeping in on Saturday mornings, especially during those wee hours before the sun itself decides to rise. This stands ... Read more

2 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Ghosts from my past

A couple of months ago, the Waterworks Players announced auditions for a forthcoming production of “Blithe Spirit,” a comedy by Noel Coward that was first ... Read more

2 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

The valuation game

A recent post making its rounds on social media was probably supposed to be motivational. I found its conclusions disturbing. According to the post, a ... Read more

2 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Bipeds in a cage

Trees surround my home on three sides. A small yard serves to separate the walls from the wilds. I enjoy the setting because it lets ... Read more

3 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Let me read your shirt

One of summer’s subtle joys is the unwrapping— losing the woolen shell required to combat winter’s chill—to reveal more of who we truly are underneath. ... Read more

3 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Time for exams

All around Farmville, students are preparing for final exams. In a show of support, I’d like to offer everyone a chance to take a test. ... Read more

3 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Signs of spring

Early last month, I had a conversation with a winter-weary soul about signs of spring. She had noticed an abundance of robins and wondered if ... Read more

3 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

What to keep

When my husband and I purchased our home in Farmville, it immediately offered many things we loved. The open floor plan felt spacious. The windows ... Read more

3 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Love your library

Several years ago I read “Cryptonomicon,” by Neal Stephenson. In the book, I met a character named Lawrence who served as a cryptographer in the ... Read more

3 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Filling in the year’s calendar

In preparing to welcome 2018, I purchased a new desktop calendar. It has a page for each month, blocks for marking commitments and space for ... Read more

3 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

What I want for Christmas

Members of my family always ask me what I want for Christmas. I have a well-rehearsed list of things I’d like: World peace, an end ... Read more

3 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Making music with friends

On a sunny Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago, I attended a performance by the Heart of Virginia Community Band. I arrived a half-hour early ... Read more

3 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Truly happy to be here

The title of my column, “Happy to Be Here,” tells you how I feel about the Farmville community. Today, however, I’m reflecting on my gratitude ... Read more

3 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

In the dark a different light shines

My husband and I just returned from a trip to Franklin, North Carolina where we went to view the Aug. 21 solar eclipse from within ... Read more

4 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

The world through my windshield

I drove back to Farmville on a recent sultry day. Gratitude for my car’s air conditioning kept me in good spirits as I watched the summer ... Read more

4 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

A ‘deerly’ affection to wildlife

I arrived in Farmville eight years ago with sentimental ideas regarding deer. My impressions had been formed in suburban neighborhoods where people decorated their homes with ... Read more

4 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Ways to ready for the solar eclipse

When my husband and I lead astronomy events at High Bridge Trail State Park, I occasionally ask participants a tricky question: can you name the ... Read more

4 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

‘Learning about each tomorrow as it arrives’

One morning a couple weeks ago, I woke up with a crick in my neck, a pain in my back and weariness in my bones. ... Read more

4 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

The more things change

A Longwood alumna who graduated a little more than a decade ago was recently back in town for a short visit. She commented on how much ... Read more

4 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Answers to your questions

Last month, when I confessed my love of Groundhog Day, I did not include details on Punxsutawney Phil’s current prognostication. I couldn’t. My column deadline ... Read more

4 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Sunshine and shadows

Groundhog Day is my favorite holiday. It marks the halfway point of winter and the turning toward spring, at least astronomically speaking. During an annual ... Read more

4 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Ho, ho, ho, it’s a new year

I’m not sure whether 2016 was especially challenging or if its press agent simply chose to portray it that way. In either case, I’d like ... Read more

4 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Instant messaging

On a Sunday afternoon not long ago, my daughter called to chat. My phone provides the option of assigning photos to specific people, so when ... Read more

4 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Rolling at last

I haven’t had many opportunities to ride my bike this year. One early obstacle was the bike itself. After years of faithful service, it started ... Read more

4 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

What comes next?

As I type these words, the vice presidential debate is still in Farmville’s future. By the time you read this, the debate will be history. ... Read more

4 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Planning things out

I’m the type of person who likes to plan things out. I want to know what’s going to happen and what will be required of ... Read more

5 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Feeding the hungry

I think I’m a reasonably generous person. My husband and I contribute to several worthy causes, and we volunteer for a few community organizations. In ... Read more

5 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

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