Jennifer Pickrell

YA Writer

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Fresh Air Friday – Luray Caverns Edition

Yesterday I went underground. Literally. I live within easy driving distance of several caverns, but I hadn’t visited any of them since I took elementary school field trips oh so many years ago. I’d forgotten the cool stillness of these places and how it feels like nothing else exists. Granted, I was part of a tour with several dozen more people, but we all seemed to be feeling the collective awe.

Here are some pics, including the reflecting pool which perfectly mirrors the ceiling, but my phone camera can’t really do proper justice.



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Virginia is for lovers of national disasters

Monday, November 6, 2006

Okay, what does it mean when your town sends you a brochure on “Disaster Preparedness: Get Ready.”  I guess the town is just trying to be prepared “in case,” but it’s kinda freaky.  Did you know that “emergencies and disasters can strike anyone, anytime and anywhere?”  And “they can happen quickly and without warning?”

Also, did you know that Virginians “experience hurricanes, winter storms, thunderstorms, toxic spills, earthquakes, tornadoes, terrorism, flooding and fires?”

Geez, if my only knowledge of Virginia came from this brochure, I would be terrified to travel here.

Dumb brochure, Virginia is be-ah-U-tee-full!

This is my backyard (all pics taken October 31, 2010):

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Funding cuts to Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

I get email updates from the Virginia Festival of the Book (one of the programs of VFH) and I got this today and wanted to pass it along:

“Over the weekend, the House Appropriations Committee voted to cut state funding for VFH by $290,000, effective July 1, 2010, and to eliminate all state funding for VFH, effective July 1, 2011. The Senate Finance Committee recommended cutting the VFH budget by $290,000 effective July 1, 2010, but recommended no further cuts. Each House will vote on its own budget on February 25, and the difference in the two budgets will be resolved in conference committee…Call, fax, or email your Delegates and Senators to protest additional cuts to advocate for continued funding.”

Here is the website for VFH if you wanted to read more about their programs:        

Attention Virginia residents – click this link to find your legislators’ contact info: