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Considering the 'New Normal'

February 15, 2013 As I look forward to spring and all of its wonderful refreshing new beginnings I turn to thoughts of myself and my next chapter in this life. more »»

A Different View from the Inside

January 18, 2013 Astrologically speaking, I am a bundle of opposites. I was born literally on the cusp of Leo and Cancer. more »»

1972-The year I ruined Christmas

December 21, 2012 When I was five and just a tiny squirt, I totally ruined Christmas. more »»

What to watch out for when donating to charity

November 30, 2012 (StatePoint) Even when times are tough, many Americans budget a portion of their assets to go to charity. more »»

Reasons to be thankful for the holidays

November 16, 2012 What makes me thankful as the holiday season arrives once again? As the inevitable rush of retail store ads and TV infomercials pound us relentlessly with annoying pressure and the tacky yet... more »»

The rocking chair – a ghost story

October 19, 2012 Her mother woke with an uneasy feeling at 2 a.m. She couldn’t quite figure out what was wrong, she just felt like something was, well, wrong. more »»

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 »»

 
 
 

 

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