You can’t always get there from here – which is not
necessarily a bad thing. All of the writers working with
Virginia Greene and Greene Lite have felt the need to put pen
to paper – or fingers to keyboard – all their lives. So, no
matter where they started, it was natural they ended up here.
Alex Carrier began writing in Greene County in 1997 with a
weekly newspaper column dedicated to caregivers of elderly
relatives. The column was originally titled Seniority
but was retitled Boomer Journeys in 2002 to reflect
Alex’s own Baby Boomer generation.
Soon after moving to Greene, Alex met up with Juanita Largo
and Virginia Greene was created. The writing duo began penning
a romance novel then noticed an uncanny and common desire to
kill off characters so Virginia became a mystery writer
The original website Virginia Greene was simply a place
where people could find out about the lives of Virginia, Alex
and Juanita. While working on their first novel, the writers
together and singularly worked on short stories,
columns and a humor series about life in the fictitious town
of Port Dingle in Greene County, Virginia.
Port Dingle Diaries has been the off-and-on journal of
Virginia Greene’s life in Port Dingle. Virginia and friends
Alex, Juanita and Lou occasionally share their lives on their
Port Dingle Diaries Blog.
You may be asking at this point – Who is Lou? While Juanita
and Alex worked to flesh out Virginia and her worries, wonders
and mysteries; Alex met up with Lou Page. Both share work as
journalists and worked with publicity for the Greene County
When it was obvious people had difficulty remembering the
array of events and activities available in Greene County,
Alex and Lou started an email newsletter. The newsletter was
called the Greene Light as in Go Greene County.
We all love Greene County and wanted an even bigger venue
to share all the information, photos and profiles we were
collecting. Since we each had eclectic interests, we also
wanted to reflect those in other content we added just for
Greene Lite web magazine was born from this need to
expand our audience but Virginia Greene would not be left
behind so they became the electronic duo of Virginia Greene
magazine and Greene Lite magazine. (And not to be
forgotten, the Port Dingle blog.)
If you are confused by now, not to worry. We are often
confused but happy in our chaos.
Alex wanted a place to showcase her mother’s evocative
poetry so Anna Alexander became a regular contributor. Other
contributors were added to help flesh out content and because
we thought they had something to say.
(In case you wonder, yes, this is Alex speaking and I often
refer to myself in the third person but that is another story
yet to be finished.)
Family and finances required Juanita and Lou to take a
semi-part-time role in the magazines but they and supporters
and friends work to keep the website going.
Since February of 2006, we have regularly featured new
content about the wonders of Greene County and the surrounding
area, poetry, essays, calendars, photos, recipes and any
variety of information, humor and entertainment to share with
our readers and each other.
Our goals remain the same. We want to create a business
that allows us to live and work in Greene County and to
exercise our creative talents. We also want to promote Greene
County and the surrounding area as the perfect place to live,
work, play and visit.
Our website will always remain free to our readers and we
hope to make the businesses succeed for all of us by enlisting
the sponsorship of advertisers. This gives us the chance to
show the great businesses that currently exist in our
community and showcase why this would be a good place for your
Virginia Greene is still working on her first novel and
hopes to have it ready for your eyes only before we all age
much more. Like most Baby Boomers, she is finding life filled
with challenges, wonders and, way too many laughs.
We hope all of our readers enjoy our quirky humor and
creative curiosity and invite you to tell us what you like and
what you don’t and even share some of your thoughts and a
little bit about yourself.
As editor (that would be me again – Alex), I am responsible
for most of the content. If you find a mistake please let me
know. I have a vision disability that often lets the strangest
mistakes get onto the web. (No, I did not mean to say the nest
meeting, I meant to say the next meeting.) Spellcheck is only
so helpful when you can’t read small print.
That may also be why you find the print large for you but
if you are a Baby Boomer it easier to read the larger print
than to move the computer display across the room. I set
up the pages for best viewing in Medium text size on your
We must also admit at this point that we are writers,
photographers, journalist and editors but not such great
web designers. We did this to save money and because,
like most creative people we are minor to major control
freaks. We are learning but the curve is very steep.
I am also responsible for picking out content for other
sources which is really hard because there is so much
interesting out there. And it is mostly good for all you
grumps who think there is nothing but bad news.
If you are regular reader, you will also notice that my
original content (if it has no by-line, I wrote it) is a bit
unusual but then I am not in the ordinary style of most
people. Which, for those who know me, is a good thing.
If you like what we do, help us by supporting our
advertisers. If you have time to send an email telling us why
you visit our site, we will also share that with our
advertisers and readers.
We love sharing our community with you and hope you will
sometime move to or visit Greene County and say hello. Thank
you for the encouragement you give us simply by regularly
checking out our site.
Take care. Be safe. Enjoy family and friends. Love life.