Pic to Click: Meadowlark Willow


Located in the children’s play area of Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, this willow represents the fun and whimsy of the gardens. New gardens have been added so check it out as a weekend day trip — just 20 or 30 minutes from the Haymarket or Gainesville area. Go to the website for more.

Concussion Training and Safeguards


As a coach and father of two active children, I fear concussions more than any other on-field injury. An ankle can heal, in time. A knee will get better. But there’s just no telling the extent or longevity of the damage caused by head trauma caused by rapid acceleration of the brain inside the skull. The scariest thing of all…

School is Hell


We set them up every year with new electronics, new clothes and a long summer’s worth of memories to take and share with friends. According to the National Retail Federation, in fact, U.S. families will have spent an average of almost $700 on back-to-school items this year. That totals out to over $26 billion. Still, they cry. School is hell,…