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From the kitchen: Fire eaters apply here
Photo courtesy Judy Grigoraci
From the kitchen: Fire eaters apply here

Attention fire eaters! I know you’re out there.

Some of you are likely charter members in the spicy-food consumer’s union. I achieved my card-carrying status after eating ghost pepper peanuts in North Carolina.

I’ve...

From the kitchen: Fire eaters apply here
From the kitchen: Fire eaters apply here

Attention fire eaters! I know you’re out there.

Some of you are likely charter members in the spicy-food consumer’s union. I achieved my card-carrying status after eating ghost pepper peanuts in North Carolina.

I’ve...

Remembering Tarzan’s visit to Charleston

One thing that makes the job of a bush league newspaper reporter worthwhile is the wide range of people you encounter in the course of a career. Well, that and the free coffee.

I’ve had the good fortune to meet everyone from...

Smell the Coffee: I’m late, I’m late

By Karin Fuller

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — If running late counted as exercise, then my daughter has been training for marathons her whole life.

She was born two weeks early, and I suspect she’s spent the past 17 years getting those ...

Garden Guru: What type of grass is best?
Garden Guru: What type of grass is best?

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — September means cool evenings, colorful trees, football and shorter days. September also means that it is the best time to take care of your lawn or establish a new one.

Many of the questions I...

Counter Intelligence: Blackened halibut for fish lovers
Counter Intelligence: Blackened halibut for fish lovers

By April Hamilton

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Growing up in Florida with the warm Atlantic Ocean in my backyard was the best possible environment for a kid — except when it came to dinner. I flat refused to savor its bounty when it was...

CindySays: Kids benefit from physical activity

By Cindy Boggs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With the kids back in school, parents eagerly switch gears and reconnect with routine. Fixed schedules bring with them an element of comfort. Instead of randomly racing through each day shuttling them to ...

Innerviews: Counseling leader shapes by religious diversity
Innerviews: Counseling leader shapes by religious diversity

In Thailand, he had a Buddhist nanny. For three years, he attended a  fundamentalist Bible camp. He attended an Episcopal academy and went to an Episcopal church. Later, he went to a Catholic school and a Catholic church....

A just dessert from the fat of the land

It was with a heavy heart — and gut and hips — that I digested the fact that West Virginia is now tied with Mississippi for being the most obese state in the union, according to a report released last week by the Robert Wood Johnson...

Garden Guru: Tropical oasis created in W.Va.
Garden Guru: Tropical oasis created in W.Va.

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — About a month or so ago, I took a call from a guy named Johnny Carter, wanting me to come see his garden. He insisted that his backyard garden would be interesting enough to feature in my newspaper...

Counter Intelligence: Basic frittata quick, customizable
Counter Intelligence: Basic frittata quick, customizable

By April Hamilton

“Cooking is for me a leisurely pursuit, an opportunity to give my busy mind a rest and engage in the physicality of ingredients.” — Yotam Ottolenghi

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — There are days...

Live Life Fully: Are secrets making you sick?

By Linda Arnold

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The ongoing parade of celebrities and public officials, coupled with the salacious 24/7 news cycle, is a dangerous combination.

There are so many secrets being exposed...

Smell the coffee: Scare season is lurking

By Karin Fuller

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — There might’ve been a time when I would’ve complained about the “it’s still summer, dammit” arrival of pumpkins and mums outside Kroger and Walmart. But this year,...

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