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10:09 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Photog Jeff James

Unpeopled unremarkable places exude irony or pathos or deadpan humor when pictured by Harrisonburg photographer Jeff James.  He finds the scenes during weekly long walks. 

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The Spark
9:10 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

"Love's Winning Plays" Author

Inman Majors, who lives in Waynesboro and teaches creative writing at JMU, is a member of the fabled football Majors clan. His latest novel, Love’s Winning Plays is a comic riff on the culture of college football. 

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The Spark
9:06 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Book Sample: Inman Majors

Image: WMRA News (tw)

A sample of Inman's book:
(Reprinted from Love’s Winning Plays by Inman Majors. Copyright © 2012 by Inman Majors. With the permission of the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.)

In the locker room after practice one of the quarterbacks had coined a new song and was performing it to the clapping delight of the others. It went like this:

Coach Love rollin down the street

Got that Mack Daddy grin

Gal so fine, she got to be kin

He stepping high, stepping low

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The Spark
8:25 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Jane Barnes, Fascinated by Mormons

Charlottesville writer Jane Barnes worked on the PBS miniseries THE MORMONS. Jane, who describes herself as a quester, became enamored of the young and bumptious Joseph Smith.  She talks about her near-conversion to the Mormon Church and the writing of her latest book, Falling in Love with Joseph Smith: My Search for the Real Prophet.  

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The Spark
8:24 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Book Sample: Jane Barnes

Image: WMRA News (tw)

A bit of Jane's book:
(Reprinted from FALLING IN LOVE WITH JOSEPH SMITH: My Search for the Real Prophet by Jane Barnes with the permission of Tarcher/Penguin. Copyright Jane Barnes 2012.)

FIVE

 

Joseph Smith Couldn’t Have Written the Book of Mormon

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The Spark
11:49 am
Fri September 7, 2012

A Blooming Musician

Katie Overfield-Zook of The Bloom Trio (photo credit: Carl Socolow).

Professional musicians Kathleen Overfield-Zook, Lisa Wright, and Maria Lorcas are all mothers who had gotten tired of “driving for dollars” –driving long distances in order to play quality gigs. So Kathleen had the bright idea that the three of them should form their own trio. And so (ta-da!) the Bloom Trio was born.  

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The Spark
8:46 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Furniture-Maker Todd Leback

With designs good enough to get invited to the Philadelphia Museum of Art's craft show as an emerging artist, Todd Leback makes furniture.  He enjoys making veneers of exotic woods.

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The Spark
8:29 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Monticello Curator of Plants Peggy Cornett

Historic gardener (and Monticello’s curator of plants) Peggy Cornett gardens for many reasons, but perhaps the main one, is that gardens are where she feels at home. 

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The Spark
11:28 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Huss and Dalton Guitars

Staunton's Jeff Huss takes on a tour of Huss and Dalton Guitars.

The Spark
11:24 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Matt Chan and Cat's Cradle

Matt Chan and friend

Matt Chan has made a career out of animal rescue.

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