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What to write about during the lull?

January 18, 2015 It had to come sooner or later. My days of attending Christmas parades, recognition dinners, honorary breakfasts and holiday celebration luncheons are over for a time. more »»

A couple stories for a slow news cycle

January 17, 2015 It's January. Things are slower than molasses running uphill in a snow storm, not just at the office, but at the house, too. more »»

Legislators taking a different approach

January 11, 2015 The 2015 session of the West Virginia Legislature is set to begin Wednesday. This will be the moment those elected in November officially take office. more »»

Are you able to hear the silence?

January 11, 2015 You and I live in a very noisy world filled with unending distractions — a world where silence is in short supply. more »»

Go outside and ski in West Virginia

January 11, 2015 West Virginia is blessed to enjoy four beautiful seasons, each with its own set of exciting recreational opportunities. more »»

Happy to return to a comfort zone reality

January 11, 2015 I was actually OK with Jan. 5 rolling around, a Monday that brought me back to a comfort zone reality — the newsroom workplace. more »»

A surprise honor for a local veteran

January 11, 2015 A common thread is woven between the group of former military men who meet each month to enjoy a cup of coffee and lots of companionship and understanding. more »»

Family adventures with gingerbread

January 10, 2015 The Heathenish really wanted to build a gingerbread house. He had missed a good bit of our holiday baking, because of sports and Scouts. I didn't want him to miss out, so I bought a kit. more »»

The younger generation is stepping up

January 4, 2015 So much for the youth of our nation being lazy and uncaring about their communitie. more »»

Finding the true resolution for 2015

January 4, 2015 1 Corinthians 11:28 "But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. more »»

Why can’t I hear Meryl Streep’s number?

January 4, 2015 I told Meryl Streep I couldn’t hear her. more »»

Some tough decisions on great desserts

January 4, 2015 The tireless senior citizens who work out with the Silversneakers group at the YWCA, instructed by Flora Ver Straten-Merrin, came together in a Christmas celebration luncheon in December. more »»

Further proof I am no video game master

January 3, 2015 The children received lots of things I didn't understand for Christmas — video and board games (why did they modernize Clue?); those books that look like really long comic books and read backwards (... more »»

What will we make of the new year?

December 28, 2014 In only a few days’ time, the strike of midnight will bring about the start of 2015, and with it an opportunity for many to make resolutions. more »»

May the Branch bring newness

December 28, 2014 Isaiah 11:1-2 "And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and... more »»

Wishes for a happy holiday season

December 28, 2014 This week, as we gather together with family to celebrate the holiday season, we reflect on all of the wonderful holiday and cultural traditions we share as West Virginians. more »»

Wishing you a very happy New Year

December 28, 2014 I’d say that Chrismas is come and gone, but for me, it’s continuing. Round No. more »»

Some Lions Christmas party memories

December 28, 2014 The Mingo Lions Club celebrates the Christmas season in a fun way with their Match-the-Christmas-carols game to obtain a present and a white elephant fundraising sale where members were asked to... more »»

Music to get into the Christmas spirit

December 27, 2014 I wasn't feeling Christmas. I was feeling stressed out, overwhelmed and misanthropic. I'm always misanthropic, but I was more misanthropic than usual. more »»

‘Traditional’ versus ‘new’ media

December 21, 2014 Aaron Sorkin’s latest television program, “The Newsroom,” recently ended its three-season run on HBO. more »»

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