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... on a Saturday night and couldn’t help considering a cross-cultural Sunday morning experience – going to Jerry Falwell’s Thomas Road Baptist Church on Sunday morning. Ha! Falwell kicked the bucket in 2007, but I believe his church and school have remained true to his theology and ideology.
Lynchburg on a Saturday night actually turned out to be a travel planning disaster. It had been a few nights since I moteled it, so I was ...
... four long years and a couple
days of minor fighting in the area. The focus of the historic site is the
buildings of the village of about 150 people at the time of the Civil War, the
megalopolis of the county with no other significant settlements at that time. The
town of Appomattox was rebuilt a few miles away.
Plenty of old photographs show that almost everything at the
site is a recreation dating from the 1930s onwards ...
... served in the war after which they were set free to fend for themselves. Also I noted that General Grant's personal aid was Indian and a major in the army. He actually wrote out the terms of surrender for signature and later retired as a brigadier general. He was not a citizen and General Lee remarked, when introduced, that it was nice to meet a "real American". The tidbits you ...
... the Blueridge Parkway. Big mistake! I’ve been psyching myself up for this since before I left home but I'm really not ready for this. It's a narrow winding highway (at least at this end) along a steep mountainside - a spine that sticks out of the valley - with no shoulder and not enough guardrails for me. I know the trick is to glue your eyes to the yellow line and the car will follow your eyes - but what’s the point of that because ...
... back, we had some time to sit by the fire, work crosswords, and chat. George had his mom over along with some other family and family friends for dinner. It was a pretty fun night just listening to some of the stories that were told over pot roast, mashed potatoes, salad, wine, and then homemade pumpkin cheesecake. They wished me luck in Texas as we said our goodbyes. I'll take any I can get.
The next day, we ...