Author Archives: tommystafford

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!

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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Happy Trails Meteorologist David Reese!

Charlottesville, VA > Brownsville, TX If I’ve learned anything from my stint of 20 years back in the TV News business, it’s this. You’ll make a lot of great friends, but don’t get used to them hanging around too long. … Continue reading

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I Think I Know How My Dad May Have Felt When Paul Harvey Died. And Why

Northwestern Tennessee Growing up on the farm back in rural west Tennessee I always remember Paul Harvey being a mainstay on the AM radio in my dad’s old blue Chevy truck. He’d take me and my brother and sister to … Continue reading

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See Ya Facebook!

I’ve tried to breakup with Facebook so many times in the past I can’t even remember them all. Today I have. This website, texting, emails, phone calls, and of course most importantly in person, will become my primary format for … Continue reading

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Dodging The Bullet. Lesson Learned.

Albemarle / Nelson County, VA To say I dodged a bullet would be accurate. For several years I’ve needed to get a nagging hernia repaired. Essentially that’s a torn lower abdominal muscle. It wasn’t big, wasn’t really showing (only really … Continue reading

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