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Essays on Faith: A natural high

I was 12 years old and had talked my older brother into taking me with him to a drive-in movie. I felt so grown up hanging out with him and his friends. When I found out that one of them had smuggled a bottle of cheap wine into the drive-in, I even...

Essays on Faith: A natural high

I was 12 years old and had talked my older brother into taking me with him to a drive-in movie. I felt so grown up hanging out with him and his friends. When I found out that one of them had smuggled a bottle of cheap wine into the drive-in, I even...

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...

Statehouse Beat: Lobbyist expenditures hit record

There may be new faces in leadership positions in the Legislature, and new attitudes on policies and issues, but from lobbyists’ perspectives, the party went on as usual during the 2015 regular session.

The leadership may have changed in...

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,...

Essays on faith: Mother’s love

“Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same...”

— Pearl S. Buck

“Pretty is as pretty does.”

“Little girls are supposed to be seen and not...

FBI’s case against Louie Louie was screwy, screwy

I was in junior high when “Louie Louie,” the three-chord hit by the Kingsmen, collected a lot of air time and generated a fair amount of talk among people my age about its mostly indecipherable lyrics. Those lyrics were supposedly highly ...

What goes on in Texas...Let’s hope it stays there

While former Texas governor and presumed presidential candidate Rick Perry’s Wikipedia page will likely never mention Mensa membership, he’s suddenly looking a lot smarter, thanks to recent actions by the state’s current governor, ...

Essays on Faith: Who goes there?

It was late one night. I was pulling guard duty in the Philippines, back in World War II. It was a tiring exercise, and I felt a bit of uneasiness in the darkness. Suddenly, I heard a rustle in a nearby group of trees and bushes. I slipped off the...

Statehouse Beat: Unproductive 2015 session not a bad thing

Given that the 2015 legislative session was an especially regressive one, it’s probably just as well that for most legislators, it was also a particularly unproductive session.

More than half of the Legislature – 60 delegates and...

Thinking of orange foods and recycled beer

The Food Police took down a major offender last week when they convinced the folks who run Kraft it was in their best interest to stop using artificial dyes to give their best-selling, blue-boxed macaroni and cheese product the classic, otherworldly...

Chester not bagging it with teapot repairs

Chester, West Virginia’s northernmost city, is anxious to spout off about its unique, homespun tourist attraction, The World’s Largest Teapot. A recently launched clean-up and renovation project should keep the town with the giant teapot ...

Who has heard of the Taiping horror

History awareness is woefully spotty. Everyone knows that World War II killed perhaps 40 million people — but few ever heard of a bizarre religious war that inflicted similar slaughter.

China’s Taiping Rebellion in the mid-1800s...

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Statehouse Beat: Lobbyist expenditures hit record