On this episode of The Spark: “Five Things the Church Can Learn from Women’s Roller Derby” is a Kelly Figueroa-Ray essay for the Huffington Post. Religion-blogger Kelly Figueroa-Ray has a divinity degree from Wesley and also actually does do roller derby --under the rinkname Bible ThumpHer.
On this episode of The Spark: Essayist and poet Greg Wrenn has been diving since he was a child growing up in Florida. His new nonfiction book will be what he describes as a, "literary time capsule," describing what it's like to dive amidst the astonishing biodiversity of the reefs of Indonesia's Raja Ampat Archipelago. He wants to write the book, Greg says, because he expects the still-pristine reefs to begin to deteriorate in the next twenty years.
On this episode of The Spark: Martha speaks with Mollie Cox Bryan, who has gone from pies to murder... at least in her writing. Mollie Cox Bryan, the author of several Mrs. Rowe's cookbooks, now writes mysteries.
On this episode of The Spark: Waynesboro's Ian MacRae was a bit of a computer wunderkind. He began his first computer business while he was still in high school. Twenty years later EN Computers employs 22 people and has clients all over Virginia.
WMRA's Martha Woodroof and college football "spotter" Tony Britt (bonus: also CBS Sports/ESPN legend Brent Musburger) discuss Tony's special "cheat sheets" he developed for ESPN reporters and other sports media pros.
On this episode of The Spark: Mary Stickley-Godinez, of Countryside Farm and Nursery in Crimora, tells how she and her husband Raul met over plant pruning. And a bit about the art and science of pruning, as well.
On this episode of The Spark: Twenty-one year old Richy Rohrer took his first roofing job for a paycheck. He’s still at it because: a) he likes the challenge of the job; and b) he wants to be as good a roofer as he possibly can be.
Amanda McRaven was born and raised in Free Union. She’s a country girl, who fell in love with theater at an early age, and now she runs her own company Fugitive Kind in Los Angeles. She’s in Staunton this summer with two of her theater buddies to run Make Trouble Theater, an intensive theater experience for college students.
On this episode of The Spark: Connie Doebele retired to Staunton after 25 years on C-SPAN as a host and producer. She talks about how she went from her childhood on a Kansas farm, through radio news to politics, and from there on to C-SPAN.
On this episode of The Spark: Connie Doebele retired to Staunton after 25 years on C-SPAN as a host and producer. In the next two installments of The Spark, she talks about how she went from her childhood on a Kansas farm, through radio news to politics, and from there on to C-SPAN.
On this edition of The Spark, Martha Woodroof sits down for a chat with Lulu Miller. Lulu lives half her life in Charlottesville, half in DC, and spends all her time making NPR’s wildly popular new show Invisibilia.
WMRA's Martha Woodroof meets Waynesboro blues singer Lorie Strother, who grew up living on the streets of Boston. Now, even though she’s got five children, a master’s degree and a good job, she still sings the blues with conviction.
On this episode of The Spark: Peter Van Acker, and his wife Susan, have traveled all over the world. They recently went to Cuba because they wanted to experience the island before the expected flood of tourists changed things there too much.
On this episode of The Spark: Anastasia Suslaev came to America at the age of 10, knowing two words of English. Since then she'd gotten her undergraduate degree from Eastern Mennonite, her Masters from JMU, and she's just about to become a certified nurse midwife.
On this episode of The Spark: Part two of our conversation with Scott Price. Scott had never wanted anything but a career in the Army. Then a back injury took his career, his marriage failed, and he lost his identity… but thanks to poetry, he’s now starting to rebuild his life.