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Facing reality, finding hope

Even though we were shocked and nervous, Michelle and I slept well on the night after testing positive for COVID-19 the day after Valentine’s Day. But as we woke up around 5 a.m. the next morning, reality began to set in.

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New legislative session begins

I recently returned to Columbia to kick off the 2021 legislative session. With masks and other precautions in place, we had a productive start to the year. It was great to be back at the Statehouse!

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Outside Advent

Just after school resumed this past September and before leaf-watching traffic descended upon the southern Appalachians, an old friend and I rode our loaded bicycles along the length of the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway from Front Royal, Va., to Cherokee, N.C., a trip covering 14 days, 575 miles and 63,000 feet of climbing.

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