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Of deer and the aroma of politics
Of deer and the aroma of politics

Roadkill connoisseurs take note: A bumper crop of tire-tenderized, locally grown, antibiotic-free, locally harvested venison will be available soon at a road shoulder near you.

According to State Farm Insurance’s annual “List of...

Of deer and the aroma of politics
Of deer and the aroma of politics

Roadkill connoisseurs take note: A bumper crop of tire-tenderized, locally grown, antibiotic-free, locally harvested venison will be available soon at a road shoulder near you.

According to State Farm Insurance’s annual “List of...

Smell the Coffee: Dinner and a ring

By Karin Fuller

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It was a quiet proposal. For someone so bold, he was surprisingly shy.

A birthday card slid across the restaurant table. And while I was reading, a ring slid behind it.

When I looked up, he...

Garden Guru: The difference is night and day
Garden Guru: The difference is night and day

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Autumn creeps slowly into the mountain valleys of West Virginia.

Cool, crisp evenings signal the end of summer and our gradual march toward winter. Colors slowly appear, then radiate, in the trees...

Counter Intelligence: Summer corn, in time for fall
Counter Intelligence: Summer corn, in time for fall

By April Hamilton

“Fall is here, hear the yell. Back to school, ring the bell.” — Jack White from “We’re Going to be Friends”

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — I adore fall, with its crisp air and...

Live Life Fully: Is your emotional energy tank on empty?

By Linda Arnold

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — While there’s a lot of focus on our national energy crisis, most of us are also experiencing one much closer to home. Just take a look in the mirror.

As a society, we’re stretched...

Vines & Vittles: Sensory perceptions in words

By John Brown

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Describing the sensory characteristics of wine is an inexact science. Rooted as it is in subjectivity, accurate descriptions detailing the taste and aroma components of a wine are dependent on the reader...

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 ...

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