Local Columns

We’ve had a great ride, haven’t we?

So. Deep breath. This is my last column. I’m not going to pretend this was anticipated or my plan. But I need to thank you. I’ve been doing this for a decade, give or take a year or two, and there were plenty of stinkers along the way, but I think I did OK sometimes, too. And you ...

Confessions of a concrete water artist

The Associated Press story on today’s page about the fidget spinners craze is testimony to the fact that you never know what will keep kids entertained or capture their attention. I’d never even heard about these twirling things until now, so apparently I am very much out of the ...

Keeping local mining history alive

Each year, the Harrison Coal and Reclamation Historical Park holds a dinner and auction to earn funds to keep their park, located on state Route 519, west of New Athens, preserved for future generations. It tells the story of surface mining, reclamation equipment and related materials ...

Memories of standing at the front door

I stood at the front doorway and watched as my visiting daughter backed her car out of the driveway, onto the road and headed up the highway. Off she went, returning to her own life and away from mine. I waved from my watch at the door, offering my little complimentary Queen Elizabeth ...

Sometimes you get that travel bug

I used to keep a list of places I would like to visit. There were locations in West Virginia, spots from across the country, and destinations around the world. I’ve been fortunate enough to do a bit of traveling over the years, but I hadn’t even made a dent in that list, so I discarded ...

Today about celebrating motherhood

As new mothers we have all held our newborn child and thought, “I’m going to give you the world. You and I will be the best of friends; laughing in the sunshine; giggling as we run through mud puddles on rainy days; taking delight in eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on a warped, ...

Painkiller alternatives may reduce risk of opioid abuse

Opioid abuse is devastating our state, and too often it starts with something as seemingly harmless as the prescription of an opioid-based pain medication. Powerful painkillers, such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, are prescribed to provide temporary relief, but do nothing to address the source ...

It was cheaper than a locksmith

It always seems that the Long Suffering Husband calls me with an emergency when I am on assignment. I’m sure he calls at other times; I just remember it better when he calls when I’m doing something else. It flusters me, and I want to run off and rescue him, but I have to be an adult and ...

‘Doctoring’ food a kitchen tradition

There are times when the Kiaski kitchen transforms itself into a “medical express” area. This was evident the other evening when I was fixing dinner, which — no surprise to me or longtime readers of this Sunday stuff — never falls in the top 100 things I love to do. If anything, ...

We must learn to think on our own

With today’s 24-hour news cycle, we are sure to be overloaded with a variety of information. Whether from newspapers, television and radio broadcasts, the internet or even just neighborhood gossip, we are inundated with words, sounds and images throughout our day. News media — well, a ...