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Becoming the embarrassing aunt

February 6, 2016 I’ve failed on the embarrassing parent front. I realized this recently while swanning around the high school — supposedly working — and all of my Sassy Saint’s friends were flagging me down for hug. more »»

Do your own research for election

January 31, 2016 The presidential election is in full swing, with the Iowa Caucus set for Monday. Closer to home, the filing period for West Virginia’s primary concluded Saturday. more »»

The importance of prayer

January 31, 2016 If I could choose one thing to do very well; I would choose prayer. more »»

Working together to create a skilled workforce

January 31, 2016 Since becoming your governor, preparing our state's workforce to meet the long-term needs of business and industry operating in West Virginia has been one of my top priorities. more »»

Funny what thoughts pop into your head

January 31, 2016 Funny what thoughts pop into your head. Better Half and I were eating dippy eggs and toast last Saturday morning when I started wondering aloud about the incredible, edible egg. more »»

February brings special observances

January 31, 2016 Tomorrow is the start of a month that is busy with special days or designations. February is Heart Month. If you haven’t started before this, start looking into clean eatin. more »»

Who vacations in a snowstorm?

January 30, 2016 My parents go to Atlantic City to celebrate their anniversary. more »»

Forming the bonds of future leaders

January 24, 2016 As you may have read on the front page of today’s edition, this weekend saw the kickoff of the 24th class of the Leadership Weirton program. more »»

The anchor of stability

January 24, 2016 Acts 27:29 "Then fearing lest we should have fallen upon the rocks, they cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day. more »»

Strengthening West Virginia’s education system

January 24, 2016 Five years ago, when I became governor, we started down a path to strengthen and improve West Virginia's education syste. more »»

Some calendar interpretation debated

January 24, 2016 This past week served as affirmation — or maybe reaffirmation — that Better Half and I interpret things differently. more »»

Recognition for volunteers, workers

January 24, 2016 Reading is an excellent way to pass the time on wintry days when the temperature dances around zero. more »»

Upping my helicopter parent game

January 23, 2016 So it started with a phone call. The Long-Suffering Husband got an email from the school, asking why our Sassy Saint hadn’t shown up to school. more »»

Congratulations, you’re not a winner

January 17, 2016 Well, I'm still here, which means I didn't win the most recent Powerball drawin. more »»

So you’re telling me there’s a chance

January 17, 2016 Chances are, I’ve kept my day job. And that’s because my chances of winning the Powerball jackpot were about 1 in 292.2 million, so I’ve read. more »»

Some January odds and ends today

January 17, 2016 Now what? I thought as I opened my photo file to find that the well had gone dry when it came to pictures for my column. It had been a slow two weeks. more »»

The long, and short, of winter manners

January 16, 2016 We had our first actual snow of the season, which was pretty lucky, considering how warm it was through the end of December. more »»

W.Va. Legislature faces a long road

January 10, 2016 On Wednesday, the 82nd West Virginia Legislature will convene for its regular 60-day session. more »»

The narcissistic church

January 10, 2016 Few, if any, of us would claim the handle of a narcissist: self-centered, egotistical with an extreme selfishness, a grandiose view of one's own talents and a craving for admiration. more »»

Moving forward: My 2016 legislative agenda

January 10, 2016 With the beginning of 2016 comes the beginning of the 2016 Legislative Session. The Regular Session of the Legislature is set to start on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at noon. more »»

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