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Nandina berries killing birds

February 16, 2018 A few years ago I was at a tree conference and Doug Tallamy of the University of Delaware was presenting on oaks and native gardening. more »»

A Philosophy Of Giving Thanks

December 1, 2017 If a tree falls in the woods, and there is no one there to hear it, does it make a sound? That sort of question has caused many a college Freshman’s eyes to glaze over. more »»

It’s Not Just Harvey Weinstein

November 10, 2017 Last Friday I received an email that made me think about something. more »»

E Pluribus Unum

October 20, 2017 A Christian pastor and a Muslim Imam walk into a conference room. No, its not the beginning of a really bad joke. more »»

Let’s Talk About Intersectionality

October 13, 2017 Have you been to a Pride Day celebration? Or maybe a women’s march? How about a Black Lives Matter Rally? All of these are important groups facing amazingly important issues, but are all of these... more »»

Shut Up and Grab a Shovel

September 22, 2017 We’ve all worked with someone like Chris. more »»

Classism: The Proverbial Elephant in the State Room

September 8, 2017 Do you look at people of Walmart and think, “Hey I’ve seen that lady downtown?” Do you see a poorly dressed person on the street and think that redneck is going nowhere? Then you just like me, my... more »»

Confronting My Inner Hatred

September 1, 2017 Three weeks ago, I was staring in disbelief at the TV. more »»

Beep, Beep?

August 4, 2017 Although there are some Maryland state and local lawmakers who are advocating the use of even more speed cameras, here are just a few of the reasons recently shared with me that points out why this... more »»

People Are Our Lasting Legacy

July 28, 2017 Her name was Heather Renaud. If you are like me, you never knew her. Once you hear her story, you are sad that you didn’t. more »»

Attending LGBTQ event gave me Pride

July 14, 2017 The annual Panhandle LGBTQ Pride event was held last Saturday, and it changed my life for the better. more »»

Becoming a better neighbor

June 23, 2017 Just over a year ago, our family moved from Howard County, Maryland — where we had lived for the last 11 years — to Shepherdstown. more »»

Saving healthcare is a matter of concern for all West Virginians

June 9, 2017 Save our healthcare. It was chanted loud and clear throughout the streets of Shepherdstown on Sunday — and for good reason. As a woman with illnesses, I’m worried. As a woman in general, I’m worrie. more »»

Investing in W.Va.

May 11, 2017 As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I am in a unique position to fight for investments in our West Virginia communitie. more »»

100 Years of Service

May 4, 2017 100 years ago the United States had less than a third of its current population. Woodrow Wilson was President and America entered World War I. more »»

What is our time?

May 4, 2017 It is a time when Americans are more divided than ever, gridlocked over social issues, race, gender and the economy. more »»

Tales Tall and True: Black Rose of Shepherdstown

April 17, 2017 Our recent hint of spring and the upcoming “Back Alley Garden Tour” in May (see their Facebook page for more information Facebook. more »»

This week from Charleston

March 17, 2017 I am happy to announce that last Friday Finance Committee Chairman Eric Nelson and I introduced the House of Delegates tax reform plan in two companion bills numbered sequentially, HB 2933 and 29. more »»

This week from Charleston

March 3, 2017 It was another action packed week in the House of Delegates. more »»

The Old Blue Laws of Maryland

February 10, 2017 While researching in archives and repositories can be a tedious task, there are times that a piece of information (sometimes not related to your agenda) strikes a curious part of your brain and... more »»

Top Tips for Understanding and Paying Back Student Loans

February 3, 2017 (StatePoint) With an estimated $1.3 trillion in student loans outstanding, it’s safe to say student loan debt is a reality for millions of American. more »»



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