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Innerviews: Priesthood evolves from war-torn boyhood in England   
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Innerviews: Priesthood evolves from war-torn boyhood in England   

Born in a different place, a different time, he might recall playing war games with tin soldiers and toy fighter planes. But Gil Watkins grew up in a real war. Reared in England in World War II, watching aerial...

Innerviews: Priesthood evolves from war-torn boyhood in England   
Innerviews: Priesthood evolves from war-torn boyhood in England   

Born in a different place, a different time, he might recall playing war games with tin soldiers and toy fighter planes. But Gil Watkins grew up in a real war. Reared in England in World War II, watching aerial...

Parking lot burial makes dignity hard to maintain, even for kings

While one monarch — Burger King — was in the news in the United States last week for making a run for the Canadian border to avoid paying a whopper of a corporate income tax bill, another monarch — King Richard III — was in ...

Smell the Coffee: Not who you are

By Karin Fuller

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — This is my attempt at a do-over.

I recently had a chance to say something, but was caught off guard and the right words didn’t come. I don’t recall what I did say, only that it left...

Garden Guru: What weeds are telling you
Garden Guru: What weeds are telling you

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Sometimes it seems like there is just this one weed that has to ruin everything.

It grows out of control, ruining the aesthetic of your lawn, landscape or garden. It outcompetes the things you...

Living Life Fully: Trying to ‘win’ a relationship?

By Linda Arnold

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — We all know relationships are two-way streets. Give and take, depending on who is more “needy” at the moment.

When a pattern evolves that tips the balance, though, it may be time for ...

Counter Intelligence: Beer-can chicken is a dream
Counter Intelligence: Beer-can chicken is a dream

By April Hamilton

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — I’m no movie critic, but the food lover in me needs to share the good news of the fabulous film “The Hundred Foot Journey.”

I guess I’ve been hiding under a rock. I...

From the kitchen: Uncork and Create Kitchen teaches secret to authentic chorizo

So far, this summer is turning out to be blissful for those interested in new recipes, exciting tastes, and learning inventive ways with ingredients.

Cooking classes are happening over Charleston with talented local guest chefs as instructors....

Innerviews: Frustrated songwriter finally living his dream    
Innerviews: Frustrated songwriter finally living his dream    

A Louisiana native, 66-year-old Roger Rabalais, made his living in radio as a sales and production executive. Through it all, through every new position and relocation, he nursed a (mostly) suppressed desire to write songs, play...

Smell the coffee: Senior year

By Karin Fuller

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — I’m not sure which was harder for me: her first day of kindergarten or the first day of her senior year.

All I really know is I wasn’t ready for either of them.

With that other ...

Sherry Hill: Bridge collapse made lasting impression

By Sherry Hill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The year was 1904 and the winter had been harsh with bitter cold.

It was a freezing December morning in Charleston that would forever change many lives, but that fact had not yet surfaced.

A...

Vines & Vittles: Fried peppers revives memories
Vines & Vittles: Fried peppers revives memories

By John Brown

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — We are very fortunate in our little part of the world to have some of the most accomplished creators/purveyors of essential consumable products that allow us, along with our friends and family, to...

Counter Intelligence: Peachy keen!
Counter Intelligence: Peachy keen!

By April Hamilton

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — “Chocolate’s OK, but I prefer a really intense fruit taste. You know when a peach is absolutely perfect … it’s sublime.” — Kathy Mattea

School is back...

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