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The soul of a nation

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, herself a Pueblo Native American, has launched an investigation into atrocities committed at Indian Boarding Schools. This government policy affected thousands of Native American children for a century of our history, beginning in 1879 with the first ...

Studying summer hydrangeas

What could remind me more of summertime visits to Grandma’s house than hydrangeas blooming in the landscape? Watching her spread the morning’s coffee grounds and citrus peelings around vivid blue mopheads — all while still in her cotton nightie — was a sight to cherish. Her efforts ...

Danish agency criticizes Rockwool

Last month, the Danish Mediation and Complaints-Handling Institution for Responsible Business Conduct (NCP Denmark) cited Rockwool’s Ranson facility for violating the rules of the Organization for Economic and Community Development (OECD). OECD is an international body consisting of about 40 ...

Cooper Captures captures cosmos

If you cannot get out in nature today, the next best thing is to experience Cooper Captures at 107 East German Street, next to Town Run. There you will enter a world of fine art, canvas and prints depicting nature’s wonders, and especially, but not exclusively, our feathered friends. You ...

Learning about Lion’s Tooth

This wildflower has had an intimate relationship with my family for over three generations. In my younger years, a bucket dug full of this weed was worth five cents at the end of the day. My mother combined the most select leaves of this plant with tender plantain and dock for a tasty, mixed ...

The 2021 Legislative Session: The down side

Last month, we discussed some results of the 2021 Regular Session of the Legislature that I think were good. Now let’s discuss some results I think were not so good. We passed a bill that seriously weakened the Contractor Licensing Act. I’ve supported the concept of contractor licensing ...

The cave you fear to enter

The best-selling poet in the United States is a 13th century Sufi named Rumi. The Sufis are the mystical sect of Islam. Rumi wrote, “The cave you fear to enter may hold the light you seek. Jesus says, “Do not be afraid, little flock, it has pleased your father to give you the ...

Humming along

Shepherdstown’s spring season will be humming along with the hummingbird’s auspicious return to the landscape. Invite these flying fireworks of iridescent emerald jewelry to visit every nectar-rich tubular flower in your garden. Of benefit to us all, hummingbirds are effective pollinators ...

A few good things from the Legislature

The Legislature adjourned its 2021 Regular Session on April 10. I wasn’t pleased with the results overall, but there were a few bright spots. We passed a bill aimed at bringing workable broadband to the entire state. In the past, the Legislature’s attempts have failed, but this time I ...

‘You Are the Sunshine’

This is the story of a how a painting evolved over several months in my efforts to deal with politics and the long lasting pandemic. Sometime in early Aug. 2020, I wanted to paint a large painting, and a 48” x 60” linen canvas was primed and ready. After screwing eye hooks on and hanging ...