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Some odds and ends ‘brewing’ today

October 4, 2015 I bring you some odds and ends observations today, including a mention on how there seems to be a “national day” in honor of just about everything anymore. National this, national that. more »»

A week of sadness, remembering

October 4, 2015 It sometimes seems that sad situations all happen in a row. And the last two weeks have been like that for the McCoys. It started Sep. more »»

Shopping, cookies and reading the fine print

October 3, 2015 My mother has trouble reading small print and also trouble remembering her reading glasses. more »»

It doesn’t quite feel like autumn, yet, does it?

September 27, 2015 The calendar says it is Sept. 27, which means it is officially autumn. It doesn’t feel like it, though, does it? The mornings are cool, and that’s nice. more »»

Are you full of the word of God?

September 27, 2015 Bill Keane writes: "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift from God, which is why we call it, the present." Life can be overwhelming. more »»

Being tomato traumatized on ‘Fall Eve’

September 27, 2015 My last official day of summer 2015 reduced me to tears, or at least some sniffles, all because of what I discovered when I came home from work Tuesday. more »»

Apples theme for farm bureau events

September 27, 2015 Apples and more apples were the subject of both the Jefferson and Harrison County farm bureaus annual dinners on Sept. 16 and 17. more »»

Halloween ideas, for the furry family members

September 26, 2015 I'm thinking about Halloween costumes. Not for the kids. For the cat. more »»

Little about this election is getting my attention

September 20, 2015 I’ve attempted to watch the last two presidential “debates.” I put “debates” in quotations because these televised events were more over-promoted question-and-answer sessions. more »»

Prayer is the battlefield of life

September 20, 2015 When Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, it was not in preparation for the battle of Calvary. Gethsemane was the battle. more »»

We are a bunch of leave-behinders

September 20, 2015 If I hadn’t decided to check a window in the spare bedroom to close it, I wouldn’t have noticed it, but there it was — a phone charger cord plugged in the outlet next to the nightstand. more »»

Some things we did in the summer

September 20, 2015 There’s a song called “The Things We Did Last Summer,” but I am going to make this a “Things We Did All Summer” column to cover the many pictures that got left out of previous columns because of... more »»

She comes by her kitchen disasters honestly

September 19, 2015 My Sassy Saint has several senior girls and boys to whom she has become attached, because they’ve been helping out with band since she started in the sixth grade. Four years is forever when you’re 15. more »»

There’s always something to do at the county fair

September 13, 2015 The summer months are coming to an end, and around our area that usually means it’s time for the various county fairs. more »»

Prepare to love for eternity

September 13, 2015 Alert: Only 105 days until Christmas at the time of this writing. I can hear you groaning from my office, but go ahead and groan. more »»

Marland Heights Neighborhood Watch program continues to grow

September 13, 2015 Over the past year, we have seen an increase in personal property crimes in the city of Weirton. more »»

Going on ‘stupid rolls’ occasionally

September 13, 2015 I go on “stupid rolls” from time to time. more »»

Reflections on Great Trail Festival

September 13, 2015 Lamont and I have been visitors to the Great Trail Festival for more than 20 years, missing a few now and then but pretty much faithful to at least one of those end of August or start of September... more »»

Remembering some cherished life lessons

September 12, 2015 So, when I was given my first baby, I was scared spitless. She didn’t come with an owner’s manual. I was just expected to know what to do. more »»

West Virginia offers more than we think

September 6, 2015 West Virginia is an interesting state, carved out of conflict with a wide array of backgrounds, industries and hopes for the future. more »»

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