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

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...

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...

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...

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...

Soccer mom

So, what’s new with you? (dramatic pause) You may be unaware of this, but I am expressly forbidden to discuss politics in the Friars Hill Traffic Report anymore. Which is Such. A. Shame. Because, I would...

High Water

I remember the flood of 1985. I was nine years old, and my aunt and cousin lived in Marlinton. I remember going there the day after, when the waters had receded. For all these years,...

Twelve years and counting

August marks my 12-year anniversary as a Friars Hill resident. Only eight more years, and I’ll be considered a local! I still have a lot to learn: I can’t grow a proper garden, ride...

I wrote this myself

Like Melania Trump, I am often inspired by Michelle Obama and many other Important People. And, while I never may be the first lady, thanks almost entirely to my husband’s shady past, I do...

Happy camper

My husband doesn’t know me. I swear, he thinks I’m a princess and our mattress has a pea underneath it. You know, he thinks I’m a delicate, feminine flower. My mom thinks the same thing...

Friars Hill Traffic Report: Let’s do lunch

Want to get lunch sometime? Lol. Who am I kidding? A girlfriend texted me last Saturday night: “Let’s plan a face to face this week,” she wrote. “I’m free any evening this week except Wednesday,” I lied. “Let’s do...