Local Columns

Some thoughts on spring and Easter

Spring is starting to show its colors. There are violets in bloom in the woods and all through our yard; the yellow forsythia bushes; purple and white lilacs that I didn’t think came into bloom until May, but there was a bush just bursting with color at the Smithfield United Methodist Church ...

It is appointed for men to die once…

Hebrews 9:27 tells us, "It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment." Well, I've been there, and I've done that… kind of. Even though I do not remember all the details, a few weeks ago, I had a heart attack and my heart stopped… I flat-lined. Out came the electric ...

Trying to teach the kitten to hunt

I haven’t thrown anyone down a staircase this week, so things are already looking up. Grandmama hasn’t gotten this much sympathy in ages. Y’all have to stop or she’s going to hurl herself down another staircase, and, given my luck, she’ll break a hip or something and I really will ...

A thought-provoking movie experience

Better Half and I are not ones to go to the movies. As a matter of fact, the last time we did so, it was special circumstances. A group from our church had made plans to attend a local matinee premiere of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” a film interpreting the final hours ...

It’s time for ego and theatrics to go away

Well, the West Virginia Legislature’s regular session is complete, but the work is nowhere near finished. Gov. Jim Justice extended the session by a single day — yes, one day — in order to put together a budget bill. Now, putting together a budget for a small family isn’t always easy, ...

All things Easter at these two events

There were Easter baskets, Easter eggs, Easter candy, Easter baked goods, Easter face decorations and Easter bunnies at the two events I attended last weekend. There was the first community egg hunt at Sally Buffalo Park. This was through the effort of businesses in Cadiz and outlying areas, ...

We sell the best and service the rest

Have you ever seen this expression on a business' sign or on one of their vehicles? The assumption is that this company feels they have a superior product, however, if you don't purchase what they have to offer they will be glad to repair what you have. Sadly, I think a lot of local churches ...

Mom threw herself down the stairs

My mother threw herself down the stairs. It wasn’t my fault. I need you to understand this. Also, she is fine. I thank you for your concern. She is, as the children would say, so very extra. That means she’s dramatic — it skipped a generation. So of course she threw herself down ...

‘Pressing’ issue for a possible present

Better Half is always helpful. It’s not unusual for him, for example, to ask if I have a column topic because he knows if I do, my mood is a lot brighter. You’re familiar with that saying — “When momma’s happy, everybody’s happy.” There’s a lot of truth to that one. He ...

Halls of Fame honor communities’ history

Our local communities have a wide and varied history, from the days of their early settlements, leading through the numerous staple businesses and into the modern age. During that time, there also have been many individuals who have taken the lead in shaping our villages, towns and cities, ...

Offering some insight on First Ladies

With this being Palm Sunday, churches will be using millions of palm fronds to commemorate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem at the beginning of Holy Week. Most of the palms come from southern Mexico and Guatemala. For years, harvesters were paid by volume, which motivated them to cut off more ...

I love the smell of victory!

I'm sure many of you watched "March Madness" faithfully and were disappointed when your team lost, but I imagine there was celebration when either your team won. Everyone watching those games were so anxious to root their team on to victory. Often in life, we forget to celebrate the small ...

Moving West Virginia forward

During this 2017 legislative session, Gov. Jim Justice has identified a bold initiative to lead West Virginia on the path to prosperity. His initiative will stimulate our economy and provide the tools necessary to support existing businesses and attract new businesses to the state. The ...

Some things you just can’t say ‘no’ to

I’m such a mess this week. I tried parking the car without putting it into park — did you know that if you turn the car off while it’s still in gear, it will continue to move after you take your foot off the brake? — and went looking for a bread knife in the refrigerator, which is ...

Delegating a job to siblings good idea

I’m typically very bad at delegating, but I made an exception and called in the reserves. The mission? Some help, an opportunity, an adventure, the privilege, the duty — whatever you care to call it, it was all about this ongoing sorting of family photos and memorabilia that I began ...

The final week of the legislative session

The West Virginia Legislature is entering the final stretch of the 2017 regular session. Lawmakers are scheduled to adjourn at midnight April 8, so there is certain to be a flurry of action, arguments, amendments and more taking place this week as proposed legislation is finalized and votes ...

‘Play ball!’ is music to some ears

Play ball are two words that get fans excited and the players gung ho for getting out on the field and making exciting plays or hitting the ball over the fence. The season is just around the corner. There have been world baseball championship games with the United States, Japan, the ...

Getting our spirits cleaned up

It's that time of the year again, time for the city spring clean up. People will put in long hours as they carry trash to the curb and it will hauled away. The walls in our homes may be washed, floors will be scrubbed, trash is thrown away. But what about us, how will we be cleaned? It's ...

What to do with all of my future free time?

In a couple weeks, we will be taking Sass for another college visit. The mail is thick with packages from schools trying to entice her to attend. We’ll be looking at forms and papers in a couple months, and I’m watching scholarship deadlines. And, of course, as soon as we get her settled ...

Anticipation — that’s a very good thing

Anticipation is a good thing. I considered this after seeing a Facebook post recently that prompted an online commentary fostering fond memories about the 1965 CBS television movie musical “Cinderella” that included Ginger Rogers, Walter Pidgeon and Celeste Holm as cast members. But it ...