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From the kitchen: Soccer pepperoni rolls

The West Virginia Youth Symphony concerts always produce something very exceptional in musical entertainment.

The Dec. 14 winter program was outstanding, showcasing performances by young talent, ranging in ages from elementary to high school and...

From the kitchen: Soccer pepperoni rolls

The West Virginia Youth Symphony concerts always produce something very exceptional in musical entertainment.

The Dec. 14 winter program was outstanding, showcasing performances by young talent, ranging in ages from elementary to high school and ...

Innerviews: Super Santa reflects on a colorful life beyond Christmas
Innerviews: Super Santa reflects on a colorful life beyond Christmas

Believe it or not, Santa Claus does have a life beyond Clausing.

When he isn’t making lists and checking them twice, overseeing the elves, oiling sled runners and making the rounds at holiday parties, he substitute-teaches and sings in a ...

Sherry Hill: The fallen angel

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — My late great-aunt used to say that things were things.

In my mind I know that and yet I have always been attached to “things.”

It has to do with my childhood, which I am sure was about as...

Gail Black Kopf: The heart of Christmas

“And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of...

Sean Alvis: Andy Williams lied

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Andy Williams is a liar.

Yes, the classic Christmas-song crooner and perpetual purveyor of holiday joy is a liar.

This epiphany hit me as the ghost of Andy Rooney descended upon me, while walking through the mall....

Smell the Coffee: Fat cats throw weight around

By Karin Fuller

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Sully, our long-haired black cat, has always had a bit of a swagger. It’s partly that he’s strikingly handsome — the feline version of Tom Selleck — but he’s also a...

Garden Guru: A gardener’s holiday gift list
Garden Guru: A gardener’s holiday gift list

By John Porter

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Over the last few weeks, we’ve covered how plants have really come to be identified with the holiday season. From the pagan beginnings of Christmas greenery, to more history about the poinsettia...

Counter Intelligence: Get the kids cooking
Counter Intelligence: Get the kids cooking

“Learn how to cook. Try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless and, above all, HAVE FUN!” — Julia Child

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — When my kids were tiny, I was determined to instill the love of cooking in them....

Get ready for a cranberry crush, well after Thanksgiving

Even though Thanksgiving is behind us, we’re still in love with cranberries, aren’t we? I hope so, because today’s recipe is for a luscious treatment for the berry.

In fact, I ...

Innerviews: Veteran guitarist gears up for Esquires’ 50th celebration
Innerviews: Veteran guitarist gears up for Esquires’ 50th celebration

Leave golf, tennis and other diversions to other guys. Butch Evans prefers his band. Not just any band. The venerable Esquires. That’s his hobby, a joyous respite from the everyday duties of running a computer software firm.

At 69, he...

Steelhammer: What’s in a name? Lately, it’s been a place

They may not be as popular as Aiden or Emma, but baby names with a southern theme were on the rise on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line during 2014, according to a report by BabyCenter.com that was making the rounds along the soft news circuit last...

Bil Lepp: Learning how to read the bedspread

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — You’ve heard the joke “I don’t have to outrun the bear. I just have to outrun you”? A similar doctrine is applicable to husbandhood. You don’t have to be the best husband, you just need to...

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