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10:15 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Val Matthews Shares Her Thoughts on Poetry

"Early Morning Poems" (a "Little Book" by Val Matthews)

Charlottesville essayist Val Matthews tells us why she believes in the necessity of poetry.

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The Spark
2:30 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

A Mom "Of A Certain Age"

Martha and daughter and The Boyfriend's car. Photo by The Boyfriend.

WMRA's  Martha Woodroof, host of "The Spark," sometimes wonders where all the years went.  Inspired by a visit to her Colorado-dwelling adult daughter, Martha penned this essay: "Rockin’ On in the Rockies".

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The Spark
1:22 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Mike Holmes Makes History

To honor the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, sound producer Mike Holmes will tell us (among other things) about reformed, un-patriot Francis Scott Key.

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The Spark
12:22 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Brian Kaylor

Brian Kaylor discusses effective preaching and how to walk the talk.

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The Spark
12:05 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Nature Writer Chris Bolgiano

Chris Bolgiano values old growth forests and other natural treasures... and isn't afraid to live close to nature.

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The Spark
11:55 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Virginia Craftsmen Roy Swartz

Hinton’s Roy Swartz is still making furniture under the Virginia Craftsmen brand... mostly by himself in an old church he’s converted into a workshop.

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The Spark
12:00 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Bicycle Repairman Ben Wyse

Ben Wyse is one of (as far as we know) the only two mobile bike repairmen in the country.  Apparently a "bicycle powered bike shop" is a rarity.  Martha's talk with him includes some audio from glam-rockers Queen ("I want to ride my bicycle!") and Monty Python

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The Spark
1:15 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Keith Shank on Living with Parkinson's

Keith and granddaughter Caylin

When you know that you (not to put too fine a point on it) don't have much time:  should you rush to get through a "bucket list" of life experiences --or should you actually slow down to really notice your loved ones?  Keith Shank talks about having Parkinson's Disease. 

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The Spark
12:23 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Is This Too Racy For Radio?

Harry Crews (center) "back in the day" (circa 1973?) with David Jeffrey (right).

The story includes a reading of a passage from a book by author/skull-tattooed-guy/rascal/genius Harry Crews --a scene where a 12-year-old boy discovers both nudity and God at the same event.  We talk with David Jeffrey, the self-appointed one-person Society for the Preservation of the Writings of the Late (and Great) Harry Crews.  

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The Spark
12:06 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Kickin' It with Henry Gotay

Maybe someday ten thousand vuvuzelas will drone for him.  Henry Gotay surprised others and himself with keen inate soccer ability.  He's hoping to score a soccer scholarship to college.  He's been practicing his game and his English.

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