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January 8, 2014 I’ve never been one for new year’s resolutions. I’ve always thought it’s just another day and a person can make a change whenever they decide to do so. more »»

A Season Of Extremes

December 24, 2013 I remember in elementary school learning about the color wheel and contrasting colors. If the colors are opposite each other on the wheel, they are called contrasting colors. more »»

Christmas Crunch

December 11, 2013 Are you feeling it yet? You know, the Christmas crunch? I think it happens to all of us. There is a moment when we just get overwhelmed by all the activities, all there is still on our to-do list. more »»

Black Thursday?

November 27, 2013 I love to shop. I always have. I love Black Friday. One of my sisters and I?have made the annual trip for years. I know some people think anyone who shops on that day is insane. We think it’s fu. more »»

With Thanksgiving

November 20, 2013 This Thursday is the big day—Thanksgiving. It is such a wonderful, unique, American holiday. We know the basis for it —Pilgrims, Indians, harvest, and thanks. more »»

It's A Christmas Mood

November 13, 2013 I know a lot of people think it is simply wrong to have anything to do with Christmas until after Thanksgiving. No decorations. No music. No nothing. I disagree. more »»

We’ve Come To This?

October 16, 2013 I will be the first to admit, although a bit shamefully, that I am not the best at keeping up with national and international news. more »»

All For One, One For All

September 25, 2013 I didn’t really know Mark Doty—the beloved fireman who was killed in an ATV accident last week—but I do know the Paden City Volunteer Fire Company to which he belonged and served tirelessly. more »»

Boy O' Boy Scouts!

July 24, 2013 My family took a little trip the weekend of July 20 to Lewisburg, W.Va., then up to Cass Scenic Railroad. Both of our stops are places I have visited before, and enjoyed. more »»

My West Virginia

June 5, 2013 While attending a Mountain Stage taping recently I began to think how enjoying those events are one of my very favorite things to do in West Virginia. more »»

Child-Carrying Member

May 8, 2013 I’m a member of a club. It doesn’t have a name. There is no official membership, yet all those who are part of the club realize they’re members. more »»

I'm Still Here

March 13, 2013 Some of you have been kind enough in the past week or two to ask where I’ve been. You’ve actually missed this little column of mine. more »»

My 2013 Declaration

January 2, 2013 So I’ve been thinking about this whole new year, new start, new habits thin. more »»

The Thrill Of Hope

December 26, 2012 “The thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices.” That line from “O, Holy Night” has reverberated with me for weeks. It seems like each week it takes on a different nuance. more »»

Moments To Live

December 19, 2012 I was in KMart. . . in the electronics section. I?looked over and saw a news report on the bank of televisions. I didn’t know the whole story, but I knew something horrific had happened at a schoo. more »»

Black Thursday?

November 20, 2012 Honestly, I’ve never been one of those people who complained that the Christmas season began too soon. more »»

New Voting Strategies

October 31, 2012 We all know Tuesday is Election?Day -- there’s really no escaping the various political advertisements and opinions. I think it’s safe to say we’re all pretty sick of the rhetoric. more »»

Starting Kindergarten

September 5, 2012 A major event occurred in my little family recently -- my oldest child, Joellen, went to Kindergarten. It’s one of those big events that usually makes both children and parents cry. more »»

My Olympics

August 8, 2012 What is that one Olympic moment that lives in your memory? There are many great ones, but I believe everyone has one that really stands ou. more »»

Mountaineer Hospitality

July 24, 2012 A couple years ago some college friends of mine were passing through West Virginia and we made arrangements to meet. I suggested we attend a small festival in a north-central West Virginia town. more »»



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