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The Tango between seasons

September 21, 2012 Lady Summer bade a disgruntled farewell last night as Prince Autumn rode in on his royal chestnut steed to announce his presence. They will Tango a complicated kind of graceful swing for now. more »»

Finding joy in the dogs days of summer

August 17, 2012 There are very few ways to get chills when it is over 90 degrees in the shade here in West Virginia, but I will tell you, it happened to me just the other day. more »»

Caring for the wild things

June 15, 2012 When we moved to our property seven years ago, we wanted to preserve the abundant wildlife that we found here. more »»

My Own Empy Nest--But Not Really

May 24, 2012 I never really believed this day would ever come. more »»

The Catharsis of Spring Cleaning

April 20, 2012 The challenge of good household spring cleaning is the right timing. I like to clean my house as the last frosts fade and are replaced with new spring moss. more »»

Surprising endorsements coming from the future

March 16, 2012 Just for the record, the contents of this article are deliberately misleading and contain half-truths, tall-tales and absolutely no fact-checking. more »»

A salute to the bad movies

February 17, 2012 Being a longtime fan of the cinema, I have experienced many different types of films, and while not all of them can be considered good or even enjoyable, every single one of them has taught many,... more »»

Go Google Yourself! (in a non-obscene way)

January 20, 2012 Have you ever, in an idle moment, given in to the temptation to Google yourself, possibly in the hope of seeing if the world at large values you as highly as they should? Or maybe to make sure that,... more »»

I believe in two things – Service and The Moment

December 8, 2011 Once when young, I was commuting into New York City. One Friday evening, looking out the commuter bus window at the Lincoln Tunnel, I didn't see Manhattan's bejeweled skyline. more »»

I'll be seeing you, Shepherdstown

December 1, 2011 It’s time for me to bid farewell, my friends. For those of you who have not heard, I will begin as one of the editors at our sister paper in Martinsburg, The Journal, in the coming week. more »»

A shameless attempt to get free coffee

October 21, 2011 If someone were to come up to you on the street (for whatever reason—just go with it, why don’t you) and ask you what the best Scorsese movie is, you would obviously say “Goodfellas. more »»

Taming 'The Beast'

September 16, 2011 This is a story about a hero. The Skybox Lounge at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races and Slots has a long, unwieldy name. more »»

Misunderstandings of hello, goodbye and OK

August 19, 2011 No matter your native tongue, the English word “OK” is almost universally understood. The same is true of “hello,” “hi” and with “goodbye” or “bye. more »»

Coming soon: TV shows for the quirky and zany

July 22, 2011 During my sophomore year at Shepherd University, I became depressed by the state of television programs — mindless reality shows and formulaic hour-long dramas with zero staying power. more »»

A review of CATF's premiere performances

July 15, 2011 The Contemporary American Theater Festival opened this weekend to packed houses and much anticipatio. more »»

Place matters

July 8, 2011 When you are in your 20s, you don’t imagine anything lasting 20-plus years. In 1991, the stars aligned perfectly over Shepherdstown, W.Va. more »»

Greenscaping: Another approach to cleaner air

July 1, 2011 A major source of air pollution comes from lawnmowers and other gasoline-powered lawn care equipment. more »»

Region blessed with theatrical excellence

June 24, 2011 First, let me offer my theatrical credentials in brief. I’ve studied theatre and communication in four major U.S. universities for more than a decade, earning three degrees — including an MA and Ph.D. more »»

Ginada Pinata:?A band to support, enjoy

June 17, 2011 Living just two doors away from the Opera House, I have no excuse for the fact that last week was my first time to attend one of its events under the new management. more »»

Festival provided myriad of crafts, drinks

June 17, 2011 The Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival was held last Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this past week, and it was (as always for the June iteration of the festival) hot outside. more »»



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