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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 »»

Sometimes, you have to step up yourself

July 6, 2014 I hear many complaints about what is wrong with our local area, especially when it comes to the events available in our communities. more »»

Vintage styles at fashion show

July 6, 2014 Nothing brings out the female audience like a fashion show of vintage clothing, and the allotted 40 women who could fit comfortably in the Puskarich Public Library activity room enjoyed seeing the... more »»

My daughter is not going away for college!

July 5, 2014 I adore former Community Editor Lynnellen, I really do. But right now? I want to wring her neck. more »»

Celebrating our nation

July 5, 2014 Each year, in towns and communities across West Virginia and the United States, families, friends and neighbors come together to celebrate our nation. more »»

You can’t always eat like a rabbit

June 29, 2014 I confessed to a co-worker the other day that despite efforts to eat healthy and make like a rabbit and munch on carrots and lettuce and what I call Rambo salads — really, really big salads — some... more »»

Event brings gals together for tea

June 29, 2014 It is wonderful when mothers and daughters or any other female relative or friend meets in the very formal ceremony of a tea. more »»

Having a difficult time letting go

June 28, 2014 I have trouble letting things go. Insults, slights, old grudges — I hold on to those things like they're the keys to Fort Knox, but the most difficult thing to let go of is the kids. more »»

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