Home Sweet Home

My home is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains (in the background here). This is looking east, Stuarts Draft, Virginia. Why...

50 Years Ago Today

I remember it so well. I was 11 years old. Many of my family members were impacted.

My Daughter's Sense of Place

Our oldest daughter is an accomplished, strong young woman; a wife and mother of four beautiful girls. She holds a bachelor's degree...

"It's Good Work"

Indeed it is. And long overdue. [Don't subtract, add.] "Handprints are visible in some of the University of Virginia’s oldest bricks....

Born on the 4th of July

Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond, Virginia was a most depressing place to be in March of 1865. The doctors and staff were in dire straits,...

Lt. General Chesty Puller, Jackson & Lee

Yesterday was Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller's birthday. Puller was a USMC Lt. General and considered one of the best and bravest marines...

The Enduring Legacy of Johnny Reb

I finally finished my essay on Johnny Reb which will be published at the Essential Civil War Curriculum website soon. I've been putting...

Preserving Our Tobacco Heritage

My great-great grandfather and great-grandfather on my father's side were cotton and tobacco farmers in Southside Virginia. My...

Ode to the Country Summer

The rural lifestyle is something we here at Relics & Bones embrace with gusto. With our HQ here in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, we are...

The Legacy of Fathers

I realize that this Sunday is Mother's Day, but this photo of my son and grandson came across my feed t his morning, so I thought I'd...

The Army Looks Back

The United States Army wanted a spiffy new service uniform . . . So it turned the clock back. Way back.

Slow Down. Whittle.

I've worked the last few Saturdays cleaning up our property from the winter storms. A severe ice storm, followed by high winds brought...