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Psyched to bike the Virginia Capital Trail

I love to bike. I also love to write about biking. The Features desk at the Richmond Times-Dispatch offered me the chance to get out and ride my bike on the Virginia Capital Trail on a beautiful fall day, with the stipulation that I had to take pictures, talk to people and write about my experience.

Not a problem, thanks for the offer. I enjoyed it tremendously. This may be a glimpse into my future as a freelance writer once I transition away from full time employment in media. Continue reading

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Grateful to HandsOn for ToolBank’s ‘Turning Tools Blue’ volunteer event

Turn Tools Blue

Volunteers with Richmond Community ToolBank, Oct. 18, 2014

I am on the board of directors for the Richmond Community ToolBank. We’ve been working for nearly three years to prepare the Richmond affiliate of ToolBank USA. Continue reading

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Working toward understanding homelessness

Point-in-Time homeless people survey at St. Paul's Church, July 24, 2014

Point-in-Time homeless people survey at St. Paul’s Church, July 24, 2014

I recently volunteered with Homeward to participate in their bi-annual survey of homeless people in the Richmond region. During that four-hour experience, I learned to have a greater respect for the human beings living on our streets (and the people dedicated to helping them). I wrote a column for Richmond.com about my experience and what I learned and I have received mostly positive responses from readers. Continue reading

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10 ways Richmonders are ruining the James River

Volunteers with Richmond MORE on National Trails Day

Volunteers with Richmond MORE on National Trails Day

For this week’s Why Richmond, Why?!? column on Richmond.com, I linked back two opinion pieces that dealt with people mistreating the James River and the James River Park System in Richmond.

Two years ago, I wrote the Top 10 Ways Richmonders Are Ruining the James and the Top 10 Ways Richmonders Are Helping the James and I think both are still applicable today. We can do better caring for the environment and no amount of policing or hiring more park staff would help if park-goers themselves aren’t willing to take ownership of the parks and be a part of the solution. Continue reading

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Making a difference and cleaning my city

Emily Howell, Aubrey Chamberlayne and Nan Pena of Capital Ale House at Kanawha Plaza

Emily Howell, Aubrey Chamberlayne and Nan Pena of Capital Ale House at Kanawha Plaza

I’m so grateful to Richmond.com for allowing me the freedom to explore so many broad topics with my Why Richmond, Why?!? column, but I love it even more when the column helps make a difference in the community.

In April, we published a Why Richmond, Why?!? where we addressed the poor condition of Kanawha Plaza, a public park and green space in the heart of downtown Richmond. The park has a consistent homeless population and a propensity to gather more garbage and recyclable materials than it should. Continue reading

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Lesson from Jordan’s Branch lives on

St. Christopher's School students walk the path of Jordan's BranchSt. Christopher's School students walk the path of Jordan's Branch

St. Christopher’s School students walk the path of Jordan’s Branch

Recently I was given a chance to walk the path of Jordan’s Branch with a group of students from St. Christopher’s School and it was two hours well-spent.

What’s Jordan’s Branch? Maybe you call it Tiber Creek? Either way, the creek is hidden in a pipe under West End streets before emerging for a run toward Bryan Park. I wrote a Why Richmond, Why?!? column about it in February 2013 that turned out to be one of the most popular stories I have written for Richmond.com — and I almost didn’t write it because I didn’t think anyone would care to read about a lost creek. Continue reading

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Volunteering in the James River Park

Volunteering at Floodwall

Volunteering at Floodwall (credit EnRichmond Foundation)

I decided to get in a couple of good volunteer events before my semester at grad school gets too busy. So before we received the gift of snow and ice, I participated to two volunteer projects in the James River Park this past week and I’m still smiling about it. The dedication and generosity of volunteers has that kind of powerful effect. Continue reading

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