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Fighting an extreme case of writer’s block

It’s almost 11 a.m. Friday, and I should be wrapping this column up instead of just beginning.

Compiling a cohesive thought on a single topic once a week isn’t always an easy task, especially when you are writing about various news events and reading about others.

Whether it’s writer’s block, a mental fog or just information overload, it happens sometimes. So, quite frankly, this week is probably just going to be a bunch of rambling about topics I might have been able to disect had my focus been more available.

Spring is in full swing, which is great. The flowers are starting to bloom, and, outside of the heavy wind gusts we had Friday morning, and a little bit of rain, it’s been a fairly nice week.

It’s time to start planning some outdoor activities, whether that’s visiting some local parks or going for a walk on the Panhandle Trail. We can still do those things safely.

Along those same thoughts, I still need to get my bicycle fixed up. I’ve been saying that for years, of course, but maybe it will happen this time. My weekends are a little more open these days, so a nice bicycle ride every Saturday or Sunday might help clear my mind and help the thought processes.

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks going through copies of our newspaper from the past year. It’s part of gathering possible entries for a contest held by the West Virginia Press Association.

It’s always interesting to look back on the news we’ve covered and see how things are today compared to then. Unfortunately, so much of last year dealt with COVID and its effects on the community. There truly was such a sudden change from what we were used to, and then for things to take so long to circle back. We’re not out of the woods yet, of course, but it’s still amazing to see.

Maybe by this time next year we’ll truly be back in full swing?

Could I discuss some of the legislation passing through the halls of the State Capitol again? It might be better to let Steven Allen Adams tackle that since he is actually closer to the action. Plus, there has been so much action in Charleston the last couple of weeks, I’m not really certain where to begin.

Those items I have followed have made my head hurt, for multiple reasons.

I didn’t get to pay too much attention to President Biden’s first major press conference, but the little bit I heard left me a bit uninspired (from both sides of the microphone). There’s been a lot going on over the last couple of months, but does any of it really put us in a steady direction any more than we’ve been?

How about sports?

The Penguins are still doing pretty well, right? How did your NCAA bracket do this year? I forgot to fill one out, although I think it would have been busted by the early second round the way the tournament has gone. Major League Baseball will soon begin its regular season, and fans will be able to attend on a limited basis, so we at least have that going for us.

Well, I think that’s enough for now. Congratulations to those who have managed to stick with me through this one. I’ll try to do better next week.

(Howell, a resident of Colliers, is managing editor of The Weirton Daily Times, and can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com or followed on Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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