“Encouraged” – what does that mean? Webster's 1828 dictionary defines it as: emboldened; inspirited; animated; incited.
To borrow a couple of phrases from Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini circa 1961, translated best as “the sweet life” and Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin from 20 years ago, who crooned about “the crazy life” …
I recently watched an old episode of “Everybody Loves Raymond.” In this particular episode, Raymond minimizes the contribution his wife makes and she, in turn, throws the checkbook at him and challenges him to manage the financial affairs of the household.
As West Virginia, and, indeed, the entire world grapples with the COVID-19 global pandemic, we should take a moment each day to pray for the medical professionals, first responders, and public servants who are working around the clock to halt the spread of this deadly virus. We also must pra…
I promised Joanne Snead I’d dig this one up because the production of “Rumpelstiltskin” that the Hampshire County Arts Council brought this tale back to mind and Joanne had the good grace to laugh knowingly when I told her.
Did anyone else enjoy running around in shorts and a long-sleeved shirt over the weekend? I know I was having a great time with the sunny Spring weather that embraced Hampshire County, especially on Sunday.
I’d like to take a minute to introduce myself to each and every one of you. I am the new Group Editor and Publisher for the Hampshire Review and the Spirit of Jefferson newspapers. My first day on the job was Monday.
On a cold, windy, almost-winter afternoon, I sit at my desk with sunlight streaming in the window between the bits and puffs of white clouds that are scudding across the blue sky.
This column first appeared 10 years ago this week when I was writing sports for the Review. The cornea in question will turn 35 Saturday and the rest of me turns 64 on Super Bowl Sunday.
In light of what is going on in Virginia and the governor signing of an executive order to ban guns at the rally this past Monday (at the time of this writing it has not happened yet), I actually think a friend of mine is correct.
A woman was snorkeling in the Pacific Ocean not far from San Francisco in an area where humpback whales are known to congregate. Getting close to one of them, the leviathan took a fancy to the curious land visitor and tucked her under his right fin and took her for a little tour of the waters.
The most memorable Christmas I recall was the winter of 1942, cherished perhaps because it was the last one before my father died. The more years that go by, the more the memory and memory-blank haunts.
I was channel surfing real early the other morning and landed on a local station and stopped to listen to the “Reporter’s Notebook” only because they were talking about Christmas.
Back in the day when I edited a small daily paper outside Chicago, we got 2,000 pieces of mail a week coming to the newsroom and a bunch of those new-fangled faxes that were so popular.
In one of my earlier columns I wrote about using volunteer effort to help reclaim coal strip mining sites in east central West Virginia. I mistakenly attributed the flooding of last year to un-reclaimed mining sites which could have caused runoff of rain into streams and rivers causing the f…
I was going to headline this column “short shrift,” but that seemed a little dismissive and pretty much begged for me to dredge up 3 or 4 items to comment on instead of the 2 that landed in my lap this week.