Martha Woodroof

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11:59 am
Fri April 26, 2013

A Langston Hughes Poem

In honor of National Poetry month, JMU sophomore Taylor Kepley reads the Langston Hughes poem, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers."

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The Spark
11:35 am
Fri April 26, 2013

It's Never Too Late to Try Something New

Psychologist Paul Ackerman, who is seventy-seven and a long-time musician, shares what it's like to embark on a new career involving new computer skills, music, and teaching.

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The Spark
11:34 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Future Animator Corey Garig

Twenty-five-year old Corey Garig works at a deli (where Martha met him) to support himself and his family while he teaches himself computer animation.

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The Spark
12:36 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Twitter? No. I'm Old.

WMRA News (TW)

Occasional Spark essayist Carey Keefe tries to text her mom (LOL). Meanwhile, certain oldpersons who don't want to bother with gadgets (like the hearing-aid battery) can't hear the smoke detector's low-power warning beeps. 

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The Spark
12:11 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Folklorist Douglas Day

(courtesy photo)

Martha interviews folklore expert, Veterans' History Project workshop-giver, oral historian for hire, and musician Douglas Day. 

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The Spark
3:44 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Organizing THIS

Abby Chapple (in background, riding the crowd) at a MACRoCK thing

Amps, speakers, hundreds of rocked-out sweaty students, an annual invasion of the former Turkey Capital of the World.  A chat with two organizers of MACRoCk --the alternative music festival that thrashes through Harrisonburg each year. 

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The Spark
12:14 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Feeding A Need

Dietician Lara Sokoloff saw sick people in Harrisonburg with nutritional needs and is hoping to galvanize the community into helping. 

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The Spark
4:14 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

Like Airplanes

Images: Modified from NOAA photo

Jeff Ell muses about looking up at contrails --and jetwatching with binoculars. (By the way, Jeff penned one of our web's most-ever clicked  essays: 

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The Spark
12:43 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Festival of The Book Organizer Nancy Damon

Nancy Damon
George Loper

Charlottesville’s Nancy Damon talks about directing her beloved literary mayhem, the Virginia Festival of the Book.  

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The Spark
12:29 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Web-Music To Air on Local TV

Some folks watch TV shows on the web. It is rare though for a web-based show to go onto TV. Doug Stanford’s production, "Aux Send,"  is getting picked up by local public television. 

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