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As I started writing these words, it was a sunny chilly day. Now it is a warmer, cloudy day and I still am wondering what to write.

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The West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission has a crisis of confidence brewing and probably doesn’t even realize it.

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My colleague and friend Nick Carroll still can’t write about this, but when I think of Thanksgiving, I know it came in late May this year.

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I am becoming more convinced that most Americans feel entitled.

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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…

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Random thoughts pile up way too frequently in my mind, often like a chain-reaction wreck on a slick, foggy road. Messy, messy, messy.

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All the hype last year about the county starting recycling was primarily smoke and mirrors.

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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.

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As I was wondering what to write about this month, I realized that I have been writing this op-ed for 3 years.

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As you start this school year, I hope that you will see the changes and progress that is being made.

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I have been fortunate to have driven in several countries and throughout all most all of the United States except Alaska.

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Now that President Trump has decided that he won’t host the G-7 summit next year at his Doral Country Club in Miami, I have a modest suggestion.

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I have nieces who celebrate Black Friday with perhaps more glee and abandon than Christmas itself.

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As a former smoker I know what it’s like to want to smoke, to know that comfort of inhaling that nicotine.

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Our friend Charlie Hall, who embodies history, emailed over an item from the Jan. 4, 1922 Review last week.

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I’ve been wondering about how time flies or, in words found on the Internet: “I thought getting old would take longer than this.”

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Sometimes we have the most interesting conversations around the newsroom. They aren’t necessarily productive, but they keep us all on our toes.

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It’s easy to conclude that we live in suspicious times when even the most legitimate businesses act in ways that raise the hairs on the back of your neck.

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Recently I received a collection of papers and reminiscences from one of my siblings about one of the branches of my family on my mother’s side.

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If you’re sitting in Bloomery or Intermont or Levels, I apologize in advance, but I have Romney on my mind this week.

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As I wake in this beautiful morning of cool, fresh air filled with bird song and a feeling that all is right with the world, I sip from my cup of hot dark tea and struggle to keep this joyous feeling.

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I had occasion recently to step into a drugstore looking for Colgate toothpaste for sensitive teeth, figuring it might be cheaper than the specialty brand Sensodyne.

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When Romney’s Town Council took up a resolution at its August meeting to set guidelines for the public to speak, Mayor Beverly Keadle explained that it was something the lawyers suggested they do.

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Five years ago I wrote a Sentiments column on the late Helen Pyles, who had gone home to be with the Lord. Helen and her husband, Ray, were best friends of my husband, Jim, and me.

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While many watched remembrances of Woodstock’s 50th anniversary on CNN this past weekend, I could not look at it and think that then was such a great time.

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Here’s a favorite column from 2013 that still makes sense to me and is sure to irritate others.

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On Jan. 29, 1961, President JFK, a strong Democrat from my home state, made this bold statement: “In my own native state of Massachusetts, the battle for American freedom was begun by the thousands of farmers and tradesmen who made up the Minute Men — citizens who were ready to defend their …

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To borrow a couple of phrases from Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini circa 1961 and Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin from 20 years ago …

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I am wondering what each of us is choosing to put on our plates – for breakfast, lunch or supper – these summer days?

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Ah, the turns life takes. For me, this week, it was too much busy-ness to have a cogent thought for a column. So I recalled that once I wrote about August and holidays and dug up this piece from 2012. I can hardly believe 7 years have passed.

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Somebody once told me that if you visit New York City for a day, you’ll see every attraction you want. If you’re there for a week, you’ll see most of them.

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We are on the cusp of a great new era in space exploration. On the 50th anniversary of the moon landing of Apollo and a period of uncertainty and interruptions about space exploration in general, it appears that there will be plenty of events during the remaining 81 years of this century.

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Two instances of people and government having no common sense have occurred this week that just have me chuckling. Both are involving law enforcement.

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If you’re of a certain age, you remember “Hoosiers,” one of the greatest sports movies of all time.

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Hampshire County’s school board and administrators are wrestling with a policy regarding graduation distinction – you know, how a valedictorian and salutatorian are chosen and who gets in the Top 10 academically.

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Sometimes you wonder what to say when there is nothing noteworthy going on in the news.

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All my family gathered last weekend to celebrate Mom’s 90th birthday, a milestone she marked with grace and the right amount of grumbling.

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Nothing equitable about this act before Congress.

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Call it time for summer reruns, but a reader asked if I would repeat something that I — a Mountain State transplant — had the conceit to write a couple of years ago: a creed for West Virginia. So thanks to my anonymous fan for the ego stroke, and here you go, just in time for West Virginia D…

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Recently I received some mail from an organization I am a member of, Amnesty International.

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My yearly suggestion to the graduating class at Hampshire High:

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Sometimes I just wish people would give it a rest. Now we have the left continuing to push for noncitizens to vote.

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Frontier — the phone and Internet provider that everybody loves to hate — probably doesn’t pay a lot of attention to folks like me, and more’s the pity.

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I have a deep appreciation for ritual and its cousin pageantry.