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2:03 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Hands Off The Speleothems

Highland County’s Rick Lambert is a project caver.  Rick has been caving for decades and tells about some of the changes along the way --and about the joys of mucking about in the mud while wearing a hard hat. 

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The Spark
11:58 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Reason OR Intuition? Why not BOTH?

Photo credit: JMU / State of Virginia

Past NASA scientist Dave Pruett wishes it weren't so often thought of as an either/or choice when it comes to  intuition  and  reason.  He spent a dozen years trying to get his thoughts down on paper.  And the book is ready. 

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The Spark
6:03 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Coach Laslie's Biographer

Laslie (left) in team uniform, and (right) alongside Bear Bryant cutting a 1960s 'Bama team cake.

The "right hand man" of epic football coach "Bear" Bryant was coach Carney Laslie.  Leslie's granddaughter, Carey Keefe, is working on a memoir of him.  The ending has an odd twist --and she reads us part of it. 

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The Spark
10:26 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Meet "Eve" from GardenOfEveSkincare

Photo credit: GardenOfEveSkincare.com

Sickened by exposure to chemicals used in restoration of the building where she worked, past dancer and mathematician Eve Stahl was inspired to create a line of natural skin-care products with no toxic ingredients. 

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The Spark
2:06 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Violinist Daniel Heifetz

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons user Tener

Retired concert violinist Daniel Heifetz founded the Heifetz International Music Institute in 1996 with a mission to draw “the sacred fire” from the world’s brightest and best young classical musicians. Daniel sat down recently with Martha to talk about life, virtuosity, technical precision, and passion. 

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The Spark
12:10 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Photographer Art Pekun

Art with a flag of Belarus at the Harrisonburg International Festival

Photographer Artem Pekun is a discount world-traveler with an eye for interesting scenes --whether picturesque or serious-minded. Originally from Belarus, Art is now in the Harrisonburg area, advising a top language-software company on their stock-photography choices. 

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The Spark
2:25 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Web Extra: More Heifetz

More of Heifetz International Music Institute founder Daniel Heifetz' talk with WMRA's Martha Woodroof


The Spark
11:54 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Salvaging Vintage Lumber

Photo credit: BigWoodLLC.com

Long ago, big trees were felled for building-lumber. Today's lumber is from smaller quickly-grown trees.  Larry Stopper specializes in salvaging and recycling old wood --warehouse beams, barnwood, floorboards. 

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The Spark
6:03 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Composer Rick Sowash

And here's a photo of Bob Satterwhite --on a train.

Bob Satterwhite interviews composer Rick Sowash about the new recording of his piece Four Places on the Appalachian Trail which will have its WMRA premier Monday, December 17th on Bob’s Record Shelf

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The Spark
10:58 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Illustrator Marjorie Nafziger

Marjorie Nafziger was a counselor who loved to draw --and then one day, she found herself reinvented as a professional illustrator.  

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