Coastal Virginia Magazine - February 2012

Multiple Choices

Public school? Independent school? Catholic school? Christian school? Making decisions about our children’s schooling is a daunting task. If you’re thinking about fall now, congratulations. Now is the time to do your homework for the next school year. Even if your child is entering preschool or kindergarten, if you’re considering a…

Underground Town

We have stopped on the walking path of the Organ Cave near Ronceverte, W.Va., and, strangely, we hear voices. It sounds like both boys and men, chattering above the sounds of rushing waters— like they’re working, telling each other what…

Prescription Problems

The most rapidly growing drug addiction problem in the United States is the misuse of prescription painkillers, says Dr. Timothy O’Connell of Addiction Medicine Specialists Inc. in Newport News.  Here’s what you should know: Drug addicts don’t stand out in…

Mend and Bend

A bad knee or trick knee doesn’t have to turn you into a couch potato for life. If you’ve been happy to use your knee as an excuse to channel surf instead of exercise, you shouldn’t do that either. If…

HRM Top Teachers

Photos by Jim Pile We put you to the test in our latest contest, and we have to say, you really aced it. Students, fellow educators, parents and readers all raised their hands to nominate and then vote on their…

SOLs Exposed

You'’d think it was some exercise in militar yspeak with all the acronyms: SOL, NCLB, AYP. Any public school teacher in Virginia, however, can tell you that these terms don’t concern men and women in uniform but millions of school…

Hidden History: Lessons Overlooked

We’re number one” is more than hyperbole in Hampton Roads. Really, we were first—are first—in a number of ways that helped shape the character and direction of this land. That’s why hordes of pig-tailed third graders from miles around descend…

Robotham - Channel Surfing

Like most American children of the Baby Boom generation, I watched a lot of television while I was growing up. Indeed, I can'’t remember a day without it. As a young child, I couldn'’t bear to miss Roy Rogers and…

HRM Cooking Class

  When you have trouble with your car, you go to a mechanic. When you have a toothache, you ring up the dentist. And when we had questions about what to cook and how, we went to the experts in…

Skirt the Issue - Scouting for Profits

My daughter sat on our front steps in the chilly winter weather, resting for a minute. She and I had been hard at work for two hours that morning. Our mission? Sell as many Girl Scout cookies as possible. Of…

Upfront - Renaissance Learners

Inspiration is the key to opening doors for all our children to a world of learning, while keeping America competitive in both the high-tech and low-tech jobs of the 21st century. As a founder and director of The Muse Writers…