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Happy To Be Here

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.

Summertime tasks

I use to-do lists to help me remember things. My list of routine household chores (make the bed, cook dinner, do laundry) is short enough ... Read more

5 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Twinkle, twinkle, little bug

Light fascinates me. It comes in so many different forms. Fireworks, sparklers, Christmas displays. Flames that lap the air from a campfire. The red-hot glow ... Read more

5 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Into the future

Congratulations to this year’s graduates. Longwood University, Hampden-Sydney College, and Southside Virginia Community College are hosting ceremonies this month to celebrate the successes of students ... Read more

5 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

I’m rooting for the ravens

Let me begin with a note to sports fans: The ravens I’m rooting for don’t wear football helmets. Ravens of the feathered kind have haunted ... Read more

5 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Beloved bees

I’ve been reading information from the Xerces Society, an organization formed to promote the conservation of insects and other invertebrates. They claim that bumblebees are ... Read more

5 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Winter reading recommendations from local libraries

For a few more weeks, cold days will linger and the hours of nighttime darkness will outnumber the hours of sunlight. It’s the perfect time ... Read more

5 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

What a colorful world — where we all shine

Isn’t the world supposed to be drab and monochromatic this time of year? Trees stretch out bare branches. Flowers wait for brighter days. Night lingers, ... Read more

5 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Still Happy to Be Here — and grateful too

This column appears monthly under the title “Happy to Be Here.” Such a public declaration leads people to question me. “You can’t be happy about ... Read more

5 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Collecting art

I have a small sculpture in my office. It stands about four inches tall and consists of a twisted wire, a slice of cork, and ... Read more

6 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Happy to be here: Farmville, that’s where I live

When my husband and I tell people from other places that we live in Farmville, their reactions are typically based on one of two basic ... Read more

6 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Be a Superhero

Usually it’s only superheroes who get an opportunity to save the planet, but last month I had my chance. I didn’t have to soar through ... Read more

6 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

Getting the Worm

Everyone knows the early bird gets the worm. And people who know me, know that I am not an early bird. When it comes to ... Read more

6 years ago by Karen Bellenir.

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