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Cara Ellen ModisettBlue Ridge Country magazine editor at large (and former editor) Cara Ellen Modisett grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and was introduced to the magazine by her uncle, an attorney and photographer, when she was in college.

After graduating from James Madison University in 1998, she took an internship at Blue Ridge Country and joined the staff a few months later. She is presently pursuing an MFA in creative nonfiction; besides her work at Blue Ridge Country she is a reporter for WVTF public radio, a performing classical pianist and on adjunct faculty at Community High School in Roanoke.

Online, you can reach Cara through email, cmodisett@leisurepublishing.com, and on Twitter, @caramodisett. Offline, she lives in Roanoke, VA with her husband and their two cats.

The Train to Maryland

The Train to Maryland

I’m listening to some of my favorite sounds: the clatter of wheels on the tracks and a horn announcing “train’s coming” to the roads up ahead. I boarded this morning around 7:30 in Lynchburg, Va.’s station, a restored old structure that evokes some of an era past. No more steam locomotives, except scenic excursion trains, but Amtrak is still a wonderful way to travel and I go by train any chance I get.

 

Weekend Words: Madeleine L'Engle and the Tooth Fairy

Weekend Words: Madeleine L'Engle and the Tooth Fairy

I’m sitting in one of my favorite libraries, a little east of the Blue Ridge, at Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, where I’m back for a few days along with fellow “gophers” (yes, that’s the school mascot) for our graduate school winter residency. ...

Music, Mosquitoes and Memories

Music, Mosquitoes and Memories

It’s been a year since I last heard that fall sound, the sound of my youth, floating on the cooling air in our neighborhood of an afternoon, before the leaves have started changing but after the sky has started taking on its crisp, colder blue.

Autumn Drives in June, Part 2

Autumn Drives in June, Part 2

The second trip I made – in June – for fall drives – was into West Virginia, along a route that can intersect with the Virginia highlands route as well. One Sunday afternoon I headed out of Roanoke and proceeded to climb four mountains, at least four...

Autumn Drives in June

Autumn Drives in June

It's June, and I've been working on a story for our September/October issue... on fall drives – imagining the brilliant reds and oranges of autumn in the trees as I've revisited old routes I haven't traveled in a while, and discovered some new ones alo...

Words for Writers

Words for Writers

Four years ago, Dan Smith, editor of the Valley Business Front and a good friend for a long time, started the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference . For the past three years it's been hosted by Hollins University . For an evening and a day, 150-some writers...

Ben Arthur: A Virginia-Rooted Musician

Ben Arthur: A Virginia-Rooted Musician

Besides my writing and editing life, I'm also a musician, and for years I've always been fascinated by the intersections of arts, whatever the media.

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Featured Blue Ridge Videos

Hannah Harvey: Telling Tales of Coalminers, Gaelic Fairies and More. (Click to Read More.)

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