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Robin is an award-winning journalist who specializes in humorous essays for newspapers and magazines. Her essays have been collected in the popular gift book, “Chivalry, Thy Name Is Bubba.” Formerly a feature writer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Robin recently produced a new collection of essays called “Bush Hogs and Other Swine."

  As we prepare for a national day of thanksgiving, let us all be thankful every day for the extraordinary bounty we enjoy. Through the grace of God we live in a place awash with material goods of every color, size, make or model, a place where motion-sensing snow-globes are available in...
How one woman lost herself in the jungles of Burma in 1944.
For the past 12 years, I have been tracking down a true story of love and war, and I've been amazed by what I've learned about evolving social attitudes among the Southern gentry in the 1930s and 1940s. Not to mention what I've learned about the most lurid theater of war in World War II...
This is the best way to buy Starbucks.
              When we went to France one time a few years ago, I spent six months preparing to speak the language. I went to a tutor, listened to tapes and weeded the garden while practicing useful phrases such as, “Ma soeur a un crayon jaune…My...
Doing his laundry is a deal-killer.
My husband, Cricket, has a whole raft of friends who enjoy teasing him about Katherine Bolling, his baby daughter. Recalling Cricket's frisky days as a bachelor, these friends predict that he will not be so indulgent of boyish behavior and rampant hormones when Katherine Bolling is 16. They...
I'm gearing up to appear on a panel at the Festival of the Book this week. Please come cheer me on! Wednesday, March 21 at 2 p.m. New Dominion Bookshop, 404 E. Main, Charlottesville. The panel is called, "The Art of the Essay." See you there!
  This 80-degree weather in early March reminds me of the winter it wasn't so warm... We have a little mud puddle that we dignify with the word “pond.” It’s fed by the runoff from a hill and about every third winter it gets enough ice to skate on. Tuesday it was 10...
We have sage brush-sized dust bunnies rolling around our house.
  It’s true that, over time, people forget about the intensity of painful events. Case in point: For the past month, we have had workmen in the house, stripping paint, repairing stuff, painting and wallpapering. All the while, we have camped out in a ten by twelve room with a small tv,...
Flash! Truck fire on Lee Road last night was NOT my vehicle!
            We used to laugh about tire fires, not because we are indifferent to environmental disasters, but because the people associated with one, when interviewed on television, invariably referred to the event as a “tar far.” But tar fars seem less...
Snowballs and sleds: Goochland Feb. 20, 2012
...or hay fever? It's hard to diagnose your runny nose and sneezing correctly in this weather.  Jonquils and bare feet -- Four days later -- Goochland Feb. 24, 2012
Snow Squall with Thunder in Goochland 2/11/12