The Road Not Taken 

The Road Not Taken 

By Tom Robotham Thirty years ago this month, I moved from New York City to Norfolk. When I told my friends and co-workers of my plans, they thought I was nuts. One senior executive at Hearst Magazines, where I was working at the time, went so far as to call me a...
Practicing

Practicing

(Tom Robotham — on the left — has been perfecting his French with Duolingo so he can better converse in the future with local Parisians like this street vendor selling books and art along the River Seine) By Tom Robotham  J’apprends Français. Well, a...
Marine Corps Veteran Recalls V-J Day

Marine Corps Veteran Recalls V-J Day

(NOW & THEN: 95-year-old Gary Crane with his 1943 Marine Corps portrait)  By Jeff Maisey September 2 of this year commemorated the 75th Anniversary of V-J Day — Victory over Japan — marking the end to the Pacific theater of war and effectively bringing the horrors...
Producing A Christmas Carol in COVID Times

Producing A Christmas Carol in COVID Times

(The Virginia Stage Company set begins to take shape.) By Jeff Maisey Sorry, Mr. Scrooge, but humbuggery won’t entirely dampen Christmas this year if the Virginia Stage Company has a say in the matter. And it seems they do. From December 16-24, the professional...
Big Ugly Brewing Wins Golden Tap Award

Big Ugly Brewing Wins Golden Tap Award

(Big Ugly Brewing stacked up well against the competition in 2020) By Jeff Maisey Chesapeake’s Big Ugly Brewing edged-out two-time defending champion Benchtop Brewing Company to take home Veer Magazine’s 2020 Golden Tap Award. Breweries from across the 757 region were...