Kids Being Kids

I want to dedicate this to the talented Katie Barnes, who today reminded me that the things I take for granted (and even complain about) I may someday miss. Specifically, feature hunting, and having an outlet for photographs of everyday life that I am able to publish and share with tens of thousands of readers. Here is a set of photos from a feature hunt last week, taken during an aimless drive through residential Lynchburg.

Buy Me A Beer

My birthday is on Saturday.

Let me explain. This year for my birthday I want you to buy me a beer. Being born on St. Patty’s day I think this is an appropriate request. One pint, on draft, $5. Tradition, right? But I know I won’t be able to see most of you, and a mug of beer doesn’t do well in the mail. So instead, I will ask that you take that same $5 and sent it to one of these three organizations. I have always had trouble deciding where to donate time and money, believing that only after comparing mission statements and researching financial records will I know which one deserves my help more than the others. The fact is, there isn’t any magic formula for being charitable. All charities could use our help and most of them are hurting now more than ever. So if you can’t pick, do eenie-meenie-miney-moe and see where you land. (Although I would encourage some of you to start on #2 or #3, or else everyone will land on the same one…) And if you still feel weird about narrowing it down, consider a small donation to each. 3x$5=$15, which is like two Irish Car Bombs plus tip, right?

I feel very fortunate to be employed, sheltered, healthy, and surrounded by friends. I don’t really have anything else on my list, so I thought it would be nice to help others meet those same basic needs.

The time it takes to fill out a donation page will be less than the time it takes to pay your tab on Saturday night, I promise. And of course I completely support donating to any other charity or organization you might prefer.

Thank you very much 🙂


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Music Maker

The News & Advance photo department is starting a monthly series on people of Central Virginia who are connected to the music scene in some way. Called “In Harmony,” we hope to find a diverse set of individuals who are all tied together through music.

This is the first slideshow in the series.

Raymond Buckner is a recording engineer and producer at Hallow Tree Recording Studios in Lynchburg. Originally from Danville, Buckner started on his path in music in eighth grade, forming a band with friends and recording demo tracks in his bedroom. Building on his music education at Liberty University, last year he joined James Walz, the owner of the Hallow Tree, and now oversees three to four sessions a week with musicians of all genres.