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Friars Hill Traffic Report

Friars Hill Traffic Report By Sarah Mansheim Managing Editor • Mountain Messenger

Howling at the Moon

Y’all want some dogs? How about some cats? This morning, I was driving my teenager to school and I turned to her and said, “Do you realize that there are nine living things in our...

Who am I, anyway?

I got THE COOLEST present for my 40th birthday: a DNA kit! According to the instructions, I just have to refrain from eating or drinking for 10 minutes (the hardest part of the test), spit...

Wash your face with kerosene

I love cosmetics! Ever since I was a little girl, pretending a rhododendron leaf dipped in water was a makeup brush dusted with opalescent fluid, the power of beauty products has never been lost on...

Hi, Mom (don’t kill me)

Friars Hill Traffic Report - April 22nd, 2017 I received the following note this week: “I am so happy you have decided to return writing your commentary. I have missed your 'take’ on events. Your column...

Bon Mots from the Twittersphere I don’t Tweet. This is one of the many things that differentiates me from our president elect, Donald Trump. What I do instead, is quake in fear every morning when I...

Gossip with Sources

Sometimes, when I’m feeling flip, I like to refer to the work I do as “gossip with sources.” In a way, it’s true, but it’s also pretty reductive and doesn’t really reflect the nuance...

Getting it wrong

Remember that time, oh, about a week ago, when I was extolling how busy I was, but it was okay because I knew everything? Yeah. Me too. But here’s what I forgot to tell you: that...

In which the bar gets lowered all the way into the ground

Man, I miss Molly Ivins. Ivins was a Dallas, TX, based political humorist who wrote for the Texas Observer, The New York Times, the Dallas Times Herald and finally, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. She died...

Friars Hill Video Game

I said to my co-worker today, “Man, you should have seen all the deer I didn’t hit when I was driving home last night!” “Yes!” she commiserated. “I had to drive to Williamsburg last week...

Rotating the light bulbs and other chores

What a shame that Bill Cosby turned out to be a serial sexual predator (allegedly), because I really miss his parenting advice. Honestly, I used to make a fair amount of my choices based on...
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