Outside Charlottesville, a small Virginia town must deal with Lee and its legacy

Outside Charlottesville, a small Virginia town must deal with Lee and its legacy

STAUNTON, Va. -- A big crowd, maybe around 2,000, gathered in Gypsy Hill Park to support one of the nation's largest tributes to Robert E. Lee. A few hundred more showed up to voice their approval for another area monument to Turner Ashby, a lesser known Confederate Army officer. But here in Staunton, removed 35…

Friday Q&A: Darnold vs. Jackson, Love for Oregon State and Jay-Z

Friday Q&A: Darnold vs. Jackson, Love for Oregon State and Jay-Z

Welcome to a very self-referential edition of The Open Man Weekend Q&A! Not to worry: The self-reference isn't a series of recurring inside jokes. There are other outlets that can cover that. No, this brand of self-reference touches on a variety of columns I have written this summer. What's surprising is how organically this opportunity…

Charlottesville aided by thoughtful sports community

Charlottesville aided by thoughtful sports community

We are, as a society, too invested in sports. Otherwise even-keeled men and women lose the ability to control emotions or think rationally when it comes to their favorite teams. We know this. We just can’t help it. There’s positive and negatives to this quirk of human nature. We do crazy things and overreact. My…

Charlottesville, University of Virginia Will Forever Be Changed

Charlottesville, University of Virginia Will Forever Be Changed

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Mid-morning, the line for brunch at Bodo’s on Emmett Street stretched out the door, smiling customers casually chatting while waiting for an everything bagel with deli egg. This was just a mile down the road from the Grounds of the University of Virginia, where hours earlier White Nationalists marched with torches and…

Aventuras en Habana: A Dairy from Cuba, Part 3

Aventuras en Habana: A Dairy from Cuba, Part 3

Recently, I visited Cuba to celebrate my 27th birthday. Join me as I share what that experience was like and what I learned while I was there. Read the first part here, and the second, here. There are many things I will never forget about Cuba. The architecture, the classics, the culture – all of…

Friday Q&A: Is Robin A Superhero?

Friday Q&A: Is Robin A Superhero?

Today's Q&A kickoff comes not from Twitter or email, but rather an existential question unintentionally posed by my 3-year-old son. Despite having never watched any media involving superheroes, the characters just appealed to him. And, in turn, my house has been overrun with superhero-themed toys in recent months: A Thomas The Train track that doubles…