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From the Kitchen: Time to get your grill on

If you didn’t already pay homage to the smoke and fire king on Monday, standing behind the grids of your Weber, it’s probably time that we all should have our outdoor grills ready to ignite — except for those loyal year-round...

From the Kitchen: Time to get your grill on

If you didn’t already pay homage to the smoke and fire king on Monday, standing behind the grids of your Weber, it’s probably time that we all should have our outdoor grills ready to ignite — except for those loyal year-round...

Some Labor Day thoughts on Memorial Day

Last week's vote to phase in a $15 minimum wage in Los Angeles followed by the discovery and public disclosure of Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen's somewhat more substantial pay stub inspired me to jot down some thoughts that would...

Smell the Coffee: Starving the closet monster

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — There's a reason I have no skeletons in my closet. There isn't any room.

I tried to remedy that situation this past weekend. Didier was out of town and Celeste was at a friend's house and it was just me, a new box of...

Counter Intelligence: The joy of cooking up a cookbook
Counter Intelligence: The joy of cooking up a cookbook

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Our FedEx driver has been efficiently schlepping packages of every imaginable size to our neighborhood for as long as I can remember.

He never appears to age and emerges from the emblazoned white truck with grace,...

Live Life Fully: Does everything really happen for a reason?

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — “Everything happens for a reason.” “Look for the silver lining.”

How many times have you heard those phrases? And, when you're in the middle of a crisis, you may find them comforting. Then,...

Garden Guru: Intensive gardening helps residential plots
Garden Guru: Intensive gardening helps residential plots

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Many people who think of a vegetable garden think of a plowed-up patch with rows of plants spread out. While this has been the setup for centuries, gardens these days are taking on a whole new dimension.

Unless...

From the Kitchen: Little lessons that are big on taste

The tiny tykes kitchen at Weberwood Elementary has seen more action since the last column I did featuring the cooking achievements of the pre-K class.

That past effort resulted in the printed recipes for guacamole and a “whole lotta...

Innerviews: At 93, Senate gallery sentinel still loves his job
Innerviews: At 93, Senate gallery sentinel still loves his job

The mail carrier has nothing on Ira Bostic. Come hail, high water or snowstorm, nothing keeps him from his appointed post as assistant doorkeeper for the state Senate. A stalwart greeter and guardian of the gallery, he maintains order and makes...

Searching for news of the weird? Your Florida site is calling

West Virginia has its share of rustic oddballs and hapless criminals, but I’ll cede bragging rights to the nation’s number one locale for overall quirkiness to the Sunshine State, where freakish, freshwater-dwelling manatees and feverish,...

Counter Intelligence: Berry tasty dessert welcomes kids home
Counter Intelligence: Berry tasty dessert welcomes kids home

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It's birthday month at our house — three birthdays in three weeks. Throw in Mother's Day and the occasional graduation and it's a nonstop party.

This year, one of the birthdays coincides with the return of our...

Vine & Vittles: A sip off the new Block
Vine & Vittles: A sip off the new Block

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Charleston's newest restaurant — The Block, at the corner of Capitol and Quarrier streets — is an epicurean's dream come true with a deliciously enticing menu and a wine list that is extensive and well thought out....

Smell the Coffee: Caps, gowns and into a new life

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — I remember so little about my own high school graduation. It seems as though it happened a lifetime ago.

So often, people refer to their high school years as being the best in their life. My time at Nitro High wasn't...

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