Free/open Apple Classes at BestBuy

Apple classes at BestBuyDo you have a Mac or an iPad and struggle with the basics? I’m always happy to help, but you might think about checking out these free classes. The BestBuy store on Independence Blvd. in Virginia Beach has an Apple rep regularly in the store offering free classes in things like “Mac Basics” and “iPad Basics.” Help build your foundation of knowledge—for free! If there’s another BestBuy closer to you, you might ask if they offer something similar. But if you live in Hampton Roads and the Independence store is not too far from you, this might be just the thing for you!

Poem: Spring Storm

We live in one of those places where people say, “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.” I wrote this when my daughter was eight, and I think about it every year at this time.

Spring Storm

When it begins she runs to the window
Wide-eyed, she lingers there
a piston pumping up and down
I imagine other children around the city
moving up and down at their windows
parts of a giant engine that would
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Gaze upon greatness: Norfolk Botanical Garden Eagle Cam

WVEC-eagle-camUpdate: Sadly, the eagles are no longer permitted to nest at the NBG. Details about this can be found here:
Many videos are archived here:

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Night and day–now with sound–the Norfolk Botanical Garden’s Eagle Cam captures the bald eagles that nest in a loblolly pine in NBG. Continue reading

I should have thought to smile!

Hey, big excitement at the Ridge/Ward house!

Rachel and I made it on Channel 3 news. The story aired on the late news, and was later placed on the front page of the WTKR web site. We had gone to a public forum at Norview High School to voice opinions about the Norfolk Public Schools policy on cell phones.

If I’d had any idea I was going to wind up on TV tonight, I’d have spruced up a little (and I should have smiled some).

The event was also covered by Steven Vegh of the Virginian-Pilot.

[9/29/2012 Edit: Video and page are gone from WTKR site, and a text recap of the story is here:]

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