Open Mic

Ideas and opinions presented by WVTF and RADIO IQ to better serve our listeners. 

Sparks of Joy by Deborah Prum

Mar 12, 2019
Deborah Prum

My Facebook feed is full of photos of shipshape garages, orderly closets and neatly stacked undies. Marie Kondo, an organizing consultant, encourages people to sort their belongings. And, if an object does not spark joy, toss it.

Some of my belongings don’t spark joy, yet I’d be loath to part with them. When I started de-cluttering my house, a chair, a magnifying glass and a hammer did not make the Kondo cut.

Flying Attack Owls

Mar 12, 2019

As a child, I never wanted to sleep in a room with an open closet door. When I was about five, my parents took us to visit friends in Buffalo, New York. I bunked with Jimmy, also about five, who pointed to a closet and said, “You gotta keep the door closed at night. That’s where the ghosts live.”

Why Not Pass the ERA?

Jan 24, 2019

When the Virginia House of Delegates subcommittee yesterday rejected the Equal Rights Amendment, its chair, Del. Margaret Ransone, said: “I don’t need words on a piece of paper — God made us all equal.”

Words You Never Want to Hear

Nov 15, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, at the end of a cut, my stylist said, “Hmm…your hair looks strange.”   A week of high humidity had made me resemble a poodle.  Perhaps that’s what she meant. As you might imagine, her statement jarred me.

On the Advisability of Swearing

Nov 15, 2018

Recently, after four attempts, a TSA agent failed to collect a non-fuzzy image of my fingerprints. No matter how firmly I pressed and no matter how I positioned my hand, the device would not record my prints crisply. Maybe I should be grateful. My inability to leave clear fingerprints might be helpful if I ever decide to become a criminal.