Clark Hollow Ramblings

Clark Hollow Ramblings: What you see is what you get

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Feb. 19

Columnist Richard Brady is thankful to be able to tell stories in the Rappahannock News, and apologetic about one in particular.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: The responsibility of leadership

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Feb. 12
Special deer hunts at Virginia State Parks this year.

Do most county residents feel they are getting a fair shake from our county leaders? Though he's inclined to think that we are better off than most, the supervisors' recent decision to participate in the state's "Earn a Buck" program is worrying columnist Richard Brady.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Vanishing deer and invisible smoke

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Feb. 5

There has been a fair amount of speculation lately on what seems to columnist Richard Brady to be a decline in the whitetail deer population that just might have something to do with coyotes.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: A new year dawns 

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Jan. 22

Here we are in a new year and Richard Brady trusts you have arrived safely in 2015. He's having a bit of trouble getting used to it.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: The year in food groups      

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Jan. 1

Dividing the seasons into food groups, Richard Brady finds winter to be the season of protein.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Daddy fix?

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Dec. 11, 2014

It is kind of funny what life sends your way, sometimes.  When my children were small, they would often bring their broken toys and hand them to me with a little plea in their eyes, saying, “Daddy fix?” I was pretty good at it, for someone with no official toy repair training. And, in general, if...
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: The gift that keeps on giving 

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Nov. 13, 2014
In digging under his prize potato plant, Richard Brady was surprised to find some late-season potatoes.

Richard Brady says “amen” to elections being over and enjoys the last of the cress and other goodies from his garden.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Act local

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Oct. 30, 2014

Readers of this column know that I do not often write about political issues. Those same readers would be mistaken, however, if they thought that this results from my lack of conviction or opinion about the political world that buffets our every breath, from the courthouse in Washington, Va., to what passes for a central government...
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: To a thoughtful person

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Oct. 23, 2014

The first thing Richard Brady needs to do in his column is thank someone. He does not know who this person is but is hoping they will read this and know that he appreciates their kindness.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Foddershocks on the Fodderstack

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Sept. 25, 2014
Two foddershocks stand in Richard Brady’s garden.

When the grandkids came to visit last week, Richard Brady put them to work — shucking some of the corn to create "foddershocks." What are foddershocks? Don't bother asking Wikipedia; just keep reading.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Fall is in the air

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Sept. 11, 2014

Fall is on the way, though there are still some summer doldrums to get through. At least the garden’s bountiful crop continues, writes Richard Brady in this week’s Clark Hollow Ramblings.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Be fruitful and multiply

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Sept. 4, 2014

The extremely fruitful fruits of Richard Brady's many years of gardening in this week's Clark Hollow Ramblings.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Aug. 28, 1964

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Aug. 28, 2014
Richard Brady and his bride on their wedding day 50 years ago.

Richard Brady and his bride celebrate a big deal — their 50th wedding anniversary — in this week’s Clark Hollow Ramblings.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Not a good day

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Aug. 7, 2014

To quote John Denver, “Some days are diamonds and some days are stones.” Monday, Richard Brady discovered, was not to be a diamond.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Critters in the garden

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July 31, 2014

When Richard Brady built the fence around his raised bed vegetable garden, the first thing he was thinking about was keeping out the deer. Lately, however, he’s been invaded by raccoons and rabbits.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Another road trip to the north country

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July 3, 2014

You just have to love a country that, when you go in a restaurant and order a sandwich or burger with fries, the waitress always asks, “Do you want gravy on those fries?”
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: ‘Development’ of the county seat

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June 12, 2014
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Like many, Richard Brady read the article in the Washington Post on Sunday about the big doings in Washington, and doesn’t have much to say — as long as it stays within the town limits.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Not what they seem

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June 5, 2014

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes have a tendency to look on the dark side when something happens. It might be a part of the old rule: Expect the worst, hope for the best. Such was the case when I heard a rumbling coming from my air conditioning unit.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: An interesting spring

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May 29, 2014
The Colorado potato beetle.

This has been a pretty interesting spring, at least for Richard Brady. Seems like the morels and asparagus were a little late, but they are both catching up, and they sure are tasty. Fortunately, so is the rest of the garden.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: A rough season 

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April 24, 2014

It seems that the people who say the 17-year cicadas don’t hurt anything need to rethink that position, as they, along with Mother Nature, combined to destroy most of Richard Brady’s fruit trees.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Here we go, again

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April 17, 2014

Just like it did two years ago, a late season frost threatens to disrupt Richard Brady’s best-laid garden plans in this week’s Clark Hollow Ramblings.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Mother knows best

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April 3, 2014

Richard Brady supposes — and hopes — everyone has a warm place in their heart for their mother, or for the memories of her. The extent of the influence his mother had on him is hard to comprehend, even as these years later.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: This too shall pass

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March 20, 2014

Even those of us who like snow have probably gotten a belly full of it by now. Richard Brady has enjoyed it all his life, probably because of the enjoyable times he had as a kid when it snowed.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Pecking order 

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Feb. 13, 2014

The cold weather and ice has caused us to stay in more than we like. Perhaps you, too, are getting tired of crossword puzzles or reading “War and Peace” or whatever blows your shirttail up during the winter. Richard Brady has decided to try to write down the pecking order at the bird feeder.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: A little jag of wood

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Jan. 23, 2014

Richard Brady was out getting some wood for the stove when he remembered a time when such a thing was called a "jag." But is that the correct definition? Find out in this week's Clark Hollow Ramblings.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Winter times a’coming

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Dec. 12, 2013

Some time for reflection, brought on by the winter and holiday seasons, in this week's Clark Hollow Ramblings.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Natural observation 

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Nov. 28, 2013

Richard Brady has been doing a lot of sitting and watching the wonders of the natural world lately. It’s given him some time to reflect on all that nature provides and now he’d like to share some of the findings.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: My companion 

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Nov. 7, 2013

The smell of wood smoke in the air trips some normally dormant trigger in Richard Brady's brain, reminding him of days (and hunts) gone by.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: The smell of fall

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Oct. 17, 2013

Last week Linda and Richard Brady were out doing some chores in anticipation of having to stay inside, as the weather man was calling for rain all day. The week before they had taken their grandson down to Lee’s Orchards so he could help pick a few apples off the trees and make applesauce.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Having a real good day

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Oct. 3, 2013

Some days just turn out so much better than others. Last Friday, thanks to the kindness of a stranger and some fond memories, was one of those days. Richard Brady hopes you have one soon.
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In the blynx of an eye 

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Sept. 19, 2013
The cat, likely neither a lynx nor blynx (part bobcat, part lynx), is probably a plain old bobcat, captured in rare plain sight by Pat Choate of Washington.

The first thing that caught Richard Brady’s eye in the News last week was the picture of a “lynx,” though he was sure it was a bobcat. Turns out, he was probably right.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings for Aug. 1

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Aug. 1, 2013

Richard Brady on why you ought to come to the Flint Hill Carnival this Friday and Saturday — and why everyone ought to have a special place. His is hard to beat.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: On the ground, sometimes it’s a bumpy ride

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July 11, 2013

Those of you who know Richard Brady fairly well know that I like to live pretty close to the ground. By that, I mean I like to do things for myself and be as self-sustaining as is reasonable in today’s world. But the ground can be hard, uneven, full of holes and lumps, and...
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: A late, menu-altering frost 

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June 6, 2013

It’s been a couple of weeks since the heavy frost at Richard Brady's house. His raised-bed garden took a major hit, as the frost showed no mercy on any bean that had its head above the ground. It was a hard frost.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Guess (and catch) of the day 

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May 16, 2013
Clark Hollow Ramblings: Guess (and catch) of the day 

It is often said that your first impression is what you ought to go with when you are trying to figure something out. It has been an interesting endeavor talking with and emailing readers about the mysterious “mud balls” that are appearing daily in yards and gardens. Now, Richard Brady thinks he knows what they are.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: The beauty of the spring garden

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May 9, 2013
Clark Hollow Ramblings: The beauty of the spring garden

"I think that I shall never see, a picture lovely as a tree," thought Richard Brady this week as he tended his spring garden and continued to ponder the mysterious "mud balls" popping up throughout the woods of Rappahannock County.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Mud balls, and more familiar sights

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April 25, 2013
Clark Hollow Ramblings: Mud balls, and more familiar sights

Last Sunday Richard Brady headed into the mountains to find a few morels to go with the asparagus that is beginning to emerge in his garden. He didn't find any mushrooms, but did happen upon some mysterious mud balls and would love to be told what they are.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: The end of leadership

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April 18, 2013

About a week ago Richard Brady was reading the big Sunday paper, and in the book section there appeared an article about a spate of new books chronicling the “end” of something -- if someone hasn't penned a book about the end of leadership, then they need to do so.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Identity theft, part two

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Feb. 7, 2013

Some of you may remember a piece Richard Brady wrote for this newspaper in 2006, a summary of events that had occurred since early 2001 when his identity was stolen. This article will serve as a reminder to be vigilant where your personal and financial information is concerned.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Fighting fire with fire

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Jan. 3, 2013
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Let’s just say politicians abolish “assault rifles” and large-capacity clips. Doing that will give them something to crow about; it will have no impact on the problem at hand.
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