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Essays on Faith: Bon voyage!

It is midday. Small, white cumulus clouds move slowly across the sky. Interesting! It reminded me of monarch butterflies which travel all the way to Mexico for the winter, and in spring, there they are again! And perky robins are a good sight after...

Essays on faith: Keeping on track

One of my enjoyable moments as a child was to visit my grandmother. During the night, you could hear trains passing through the town, sounding their whistles as they came to crossings. I loved that sound; it was helpful in drifting off to sleep....

Steelhammer: Sony hacking done, North Korea develops cure for all major diseases

North Korea, a country known for using an anti-aircraft gun to publicly execute its defense minister, hacking Sony Pictures to block the release of a comedy poking fun at its leader, discovering the remains of an ancient unicorn lair and giving Dennis ...

Steelhammer: Bring antibacterial cream to go with sunscreen at Lake Erie beaches

Living in a landlocked state like West Virginia during a heat wave can make one envious of those who live in states with ocean beaches, or at least beaches fronting a Great Lake or two.

Our neighbor to the north is just such a state, boasting...

Essays on Faith: No time for me

“There are two messages on the answering machine,” my husband said as soon as I was out of bed.

“From whom?” I asked.

“I didn’t answer,” he said, “but one is from Thomas Hospital and...

Statehouse Beat: Reaction to prevailing wage legislation could be new low

The gang that couldn’t legislate straight could have its most ignominious moment yet, if it follows through on threats last week to file suit to block implementation of its own legislation.

That was one of the options authorized last week ...

Alyce Faye Bragg Column: Summer’s poetry of bees, birds and barking

Charleston, W.Va. — Summertime weather simmers along as daisies bloom and leaves grow green and full on the trees. The hills surround and envelop us with rich greenery that protect and comfort us. I could...

Steelhammer: Winning lottery jackpot getting to be more savory than sweet

Since I invest in scratch-off lottery tickets as a key component of my diversified retirement portfolio, I tend to take notice of trends in other states’ lotto offerings, such as Indiana’s debut last week of a $2 card that offers a 20-...

Essays on Faith: The love of a Lady

The love of a lady is a wonderful thing, but it is not the subject of this story.

When I was about five, my parents took in a stray dog and named her Lady. She was mixed breed, medium sized, with dark short hair and a patch of white on her...

Caution: Chocolate study may contain artificial ingredients

You catch more lies with chocolate than you do with honey, vinegar -- or any other diet supplement, according to the author of a study released earlier this year purporting that people on low-carb diets lose weight 10 percent faster if they eat a...

Statehouse Beat: There is such thing as free lunch

More mining of lobbyists’ spending reports filed with the Ethics Commission:

As has been the trend in the past few years, hosting catered lunches at the Capitol has supplanted evening receptions as the most popular (and cost-effective...

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...

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