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About tommystafford

Recovering from life as TV news reporter. Airplane & helicopter pilot. Weather guesser. Farmer. Trail runner, dad & husband living in the beautiful Central Virginia Blue Ridge mountains!

Two Years Later. Here We Are. What Are You Going To Do About It?

So here we are, almost two years into two weeks to flatten the curve. How are you feeling about yourself these days? You still buying into it? Do you actually believe the story you’re being told, that this is about … Continue reading

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I Didn’t Vote For Trump. I Didn’t Vote For Biden. Now For Afghanistan

To the dismay of many of my Republican friends. Here’s some news. I didn’t vote Trump. Lord knows I didn’t vote Biden. I’ve never been that intoxicated. I voted for Jo Jorgensen. Spare me the attacks of how I threw … Continue reading

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Fly High. We’re Gonna Miss You Big Time Terry Martin

Kind and gentle souls are hard to find these days. I was lucky enough to find one in Terry Martin more than a decade ago. I got to know Terry over the years when I was the emcee for the … Continue reading

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Farm Standard Time (FST)

We all know about DST. That’s where we advance our clocks one hour each spring of the year then fall back an hour in the fall to Standard Time. Ever since I was a kid growing up on the farm … Continue reading

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The Mountains Miss You, And So Do I : Saying Goodbye To Steve Crandall

Roseland Nelson County, Virginia By Tommy Stafford I’ve thought for months what I’d say when this day finally came. I really, really hoped I wouldn’t have to, but here we are. My friend Steve is gone. Mind you there are … Continue reading

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The Friend I Never Got To Know

I barely got to know Sam. In a matter of months we first met, became friends, and just like that he was gone. No, he didn’t die, but it almost felt a little bit like he did. For 7 years … Continue reading

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10 Years Ago Today TV News Lost A Legend. I Lost My Friend : Remembering Doug Viar

Ten years ago on this very day Doug Viar died. I’ve written a similar post to this one every year on the anniversary date of his death. I can’t believe it’s already been a decade. This year’s anniversary remembrance was … Continue reading

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I Knew This Day Would Eventually Come – Happy Trails Printed Blue Ridge Life Magazine

Roseland Nelson County, Virginia By Tommy Stafford It’s amazing how fast 16 years can go by when you’re an adult, and you’re adulting. Not so much when you’re a kid and you’re waiting on the 16th birthday so you can … Continue reading

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Processing Day

Roseland Nelson County, Virginia The day the pigs leave the farm to go to the processor is always a tough one. Let’s just call it what it is. It’s the kill date. Processor just makes it sound nicer. I was … Continue reading

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Godspeed My Friend & Fellow Pilot, Steve Shannon

Dyer County, Tennessee I was sitting in my favorite Mexican restaurant here the mountains of Virginia when I got the message from a mutual friend Joe Markham down in Florida. “Steve Shannon died this morning.” Within a minute I had … Continue reading

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