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Stuart Gunter teaches language arts, math, and music at the North Branch School in Afton, VA. You can also find him playing drums on stages big and small, riding his bike in the Blue Ridge Mountains, or paddling a canoe with his family down the Rockfish River.

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Victory Hall Players Opens Inaugural Weekend with Thornton Wilder's "Our Town"

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 10:39 PM

Kristin Freshwater is the director of Victory Hall Players in Scottsville, Virginia. She runs Baine's Books and Coffee and sits on the board of directors for the Scottsville Center for Arts and Nature. On April 28, 29, and 30, Victory Hall players will present their final...

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Artist Michelle Gagliano Paints Dante's "Inferno"

(1) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 7:13 PM

Michelle Gagliano is a painter who lives in Scottsville, Virginia. She co-owns FOCUS Contemporary Art and is the Artistic Director for the Scottsville Center for Arts and Nature. FOCUS and SCAN will host Ms Gagliano and Virginia's Poet Laureate Ron Smith in...

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Virginia Poet Laureate Ron Smith Discusses the Seven Deadly Sins

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 11:43 AM

Ron Smith is the Poet Laureate of Virginia. Through his teaching and writing, he carries the mantle of poet with pride and humility: proud in the creative process of poetry, humble in how he presents himself. An influential teacher, Smith has influenced thousands of students over...

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What's Your Story: Devon Sproule

(1) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 5:04 PM

Devon Sproule is a world-traveling, world-class musician. She hails from Charottesville, Virginia. This weekend, on Sunday October 11, she was to perform at The Festy Experience, a music festival hosted by The Infamous Stringdusters on the grounds of Devil's Backbone Brewing Company, near Roseland, Virginia, nestled up to...

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The Record Shop, Episode #3, "The Dean Martin Record"

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 12:09 PM

"The Shop follows the day-to-day life of Louis, its one and only clerk. His daily interactions with the regular and one-time customers often resembles group therapy mixed with a southern revival. Freaks, geeks, enthusiasts, and tools, Lewis not only sells music, but often solves the world's problems... in theory, anyway."...

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The Record Shop, Episode #2: "Vinyl"

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 4:33 PM

"The Shop follows the day-to-day life of Lewis, its one and only clerk. His daily interactions with the regular and one-time customers often resembles group therapy mixed with a southern revival. Freaks, geeks, enthusiasts, and tools, Lewis not only sells music, but often solves the world's problems... in theory, anyway."...

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The Record Shop, Episode #1: 'Open'

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 10:31 AM

I have been writing "The Record Shop" for five years. Originally conceptualized as a comic, in the spirit of American Splendor, where I would write vignettes based on my experience working in a small record shop and handing it over to a great artist, who would make it come alive...

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What's Your Story? Mike McCarthy of Dr. Ho's Humble Pie

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 4:21 PM

I once read an article on job interviews and the kinds of questions you need to be prepared to answer. The new trend in questions leans to a more informal line of questioning -- my favorite first question being, "So, what's your story?" I thought this would make a great...

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The Knowledge Is the Reward

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 1:16 PM

Never in my wildest dreams did I think, or even consider, that I would start writing about education. I teach school and play drums in rock and roll and country bands. I owe this new-found path to my professor and mentor. Part of me wants to hug her,...

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What's Your Story?

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 11:20 AM

So, Chris, what's your story?

I'm an auricular raconteur and sonic archeologist. I listen to old 78s that were recorded before our parents were born, and these old records speak to me sometimes. My job is to midwife their voice, stitch them up in a new suit of...

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Qualitative Analysis: Technology in the Classroom

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 11:09 AM

As in my previous two articles, I am here to ask questions. I know there is information out there to support both sides of these questions, but I am wondering about technology in the classroom. Are we gaining something important while losing something equally important? What are the pros? What...

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Qualitative Analysis: Education With a Heart

(119) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 9:11 AM

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. -Aristotle

At my school, we celebrate Valentine's Day by setting up elaborately decorated boxes in which to put our Valentine cards. I received many cute cards from my students, but my favorite was from a colleague, who simply...

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The Kite Makers

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 9:11 AM

We have collected the data. We have analyzed the quantitative results of tests upon tests. It is time to look at some qualitative anecdotes--time to ask the students and teachers who are having to put up with endless testing and unrealistic goals what they want and need. They know. And...

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