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Not quite ready for the big-kid rides

August 2, 2014 My parents, my sister Foo-Dog, and her two boys, the Heathenish and the Hellion, recently visited an amusement park. more »»

S-t-o-p if you’re going to mention ...

July 27, 2014 Picture my right arm up and that I’m holding an imaginary sign. It is red and spells the word S-T-O-P. No, I’m not directing traffic. more »»

Sometimes all you need is to stay home

July 27, 2014 I like to get out and visit new places, whether it be a different region of the country, a state park I’ve never been to, or simply trying a new restauran. more »»

Taking the gang out to the ball game

July 27, 2014 This is the first time in seven years that Lamont and I were able to bring a large number of our family to the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times Community Day baseball game at PNC Park on June... more »»

Work to find encouragement

July 27, 2014 Glen Martin and Diane Ginter, in their book, "Drawing Closer," tell a story about the devil deciding to have a garage sale. more »»

Showcasing West Virginia’s students

July 27, 2014 This summer, nearly 500 of West Virginia's best and brightest middle and high school students are coming together from across the state to participate in five different sessions of the Governor's... more »»

Our lousy sense of direction

July 26, 2014 The Long Suffering Husband and the children went camping this past weekend with the Boy Scouts. more »»

A ‘friend’ through all seasons, moods

July 20, 2014 Jogging has been a good friend of mine through the years, something I have turned to at all times, in all seasons, in many mood. more »»

You don’t always need years to campaign

July 20, 2014 Most journalists look forward to election time. The excitement of watching as the poll numbers come in, to challenge of tracking down candidates for comments, it all keeps us on our toes. more »»

Smithfield reunion remembrances

July 20, 2014 I get a little nervous when I’m responsible for getting people informed about an upcoming anniversary and then seeing that they arrive at the dinner and are seated at the proper tables. more »»

Who is your pastor?

July 20, 2014 Have you ever dreamed of being the best that you could be? Have you ever wished, or hoped you could be more than average, status quo, or mediocre in anything? Have ever longed to make a difference o... more »»

The dangers of disregarding the Bill of Rights

July 20, 2014 During the Second World War, more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans were rounded up by the U.S. government and placed into concentration camps. Why? Because of fear. more »»

Family time and holiday parades

July 19, 2014 My Sassy Saint was in the city Fourth of July parade, and — for once — it went smoothly. I tried to get Sass' attention as she marched by, but she kept eyes front. more »»

Rising to the ChalleNGe in West Virginia

July 19, 2014 Nationwide, the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program transforms the lives of at-risk youth through training and mentoring, empowering cadets with the confidence they need to succeed and the skills... more »»

Harrison County Fair reflections

July 13, 2014 What a week for the 167th Harrison County Fair. more »»

A dream of reading for a new generation

July 13, 2014 I’m not usually big on crowd sourcing efforts. Those are campaigns online where people post a project and ask complete strangers to contribute financially to get them off the ground. more »»

Find the fuel for your faith

July 13, 2014 Mark 11:23 "For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things... more »»

You can’t force being adorable

July 12, 2014 Faux Redhead has failed me. Last week — the week before I went on vacation — I had to write two columns. more »»

‘Outside is in’ at W.Va.’s state parks

July 12, 2014 Natural beauty, fun and adventure in the great outdoors are some of our state's defining characteristics, bringing us worldwide renown as a terrific place to get away from it all. more »»

Black and pink critter confrontations

July 6, 2014 Why did the skunk cross the road? Or better yet, why did Janice stop to wait for the skunk to cross the road? Well, first off I was surprised to see a skunk on my very early, early commute along... more »»

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