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Michael Wilson


Mike Wilson: So I googled ‘Michael Wilson’. That went well.

Ah, the internet. It can be an interesting place, filled with all kinds of things. That includes, it ...



New books at Ripberger spotlight legendary Black performers

“African Americans and the Arts” is the theme for 2024’s Black History Month. And just in time, there ...


Mike Wilson: The revenant, or lulling mallards

My good friend the Boss Man and I often joke about lulling our opponents into complacency during match ...


Mike Wilson: Words we need

As a linguist and foreign language teacher, I have spent the better part of a half century learning ...


Frank Ruff: We need to rethink energy

Recent polling shows that, when asked, most people are in favor of green energy if the question is ...


Tommy Wright: Let’s honor our veterans

The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation in the 2023 session that will provide relief for Virginia Veterans. While ...


Mike Wilson: Hunting with the King

Sorry, this is not about Elvis, though I did encounter him twice as a teenager in Memphis. The ...


Mike Wilson: Lick Creek days: My river family

After I recently lectured to a Hispanic culture class about the profound importance of “fictive kinship” (social bonds ...


Mike Wilson: ‘Boy with Stringer and Sheath Knife,’ painted 1966

One of my most prized possessions is a watercolor painted behind my back some years ago by an ...


His thoughts — An unexpected guest

Back when our girls were small, my teaching schedule at Hampden-Sydney College allowed us to make a grand ...

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