Fighting the good fight

The United States celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday (January 16) honoring the civil rights leader's life, legacy and achievements. King, a baptist minister, was the most prominent civil rights leader during the 1960s and advocated nonviolent methods to end racial segregation. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1964. King... Continue Reading →

Facing St. Peter

I’ve cut people off on the highway. I’ve told a white lie or two. When I was in college, I didn't return the $10 the convenience store cashier handed me thinking it was a dollar bill. When my day comes and I get sent to the Pearly gates and Saint Peter asks me why he... Continue Reading →

Gifts of Christmas: Faith

Christmas is not what we touch with our hands or see with our eyes, but what we feel inside and know in our hearts. It's the love that a small child has for his or her parents. It's the excitement we feel about getting together with loved ones and trading jokes and stories of cherished... Continue Reading →

Good things are coming

Whether you’re religious or not, there’s something I love about the Christmas week. I love that work is usually lighter and easier going. (It wasn't this week for me, but at least, now I get to regroup and get my head back on straight.) Coworkers are willing to help; nobody takes themselves too seriously.  People... Continue Reading →

Why married people fight!

I’m thinking of opening my own marriage counseling service. My wife and I have been married for close to three decades. Now I would need to tell anyone who came to me that my wife is the brains of the outfit. Outside of that, what qualifications do I bring to the job? Oh, absolutely none.... Continue Reading →

A grateful heart

My wife had Christmas songs playing on the stereo. I'm sure Michael Bublé was somewhere on the playlist. Insert face palm here. How can I compete with that? Yes, I'm straying from my story. In any event, the Thanksgiving turkey was fresh from the oven and the house was full of robust smells. The table... Continue Reading →

Some Mountain State love

We had barely pulled into Morgantown for a visit with our son, a freshman at West Virginia University, when he had asked us to make a Target run. When we got back to his dorm, he pulled the shopping bags out of our SUV like they were coming off an assembly line, handing them out... Continue Reading →

Love you forever

When our kids were young, we used to read them the book “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Sheila McGraw. The mother in the story holds her new baby and slowly rocks him back and forth, singing: “I’ll love you forever, I’ll love you for always, as long as I’m living my... Continue Reading →

Renewing our vows

Here’s your invite. Mark it down now. My wife wants to renew our vows next fall when we celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. She wants to throw a party. She wants to have our friends over and have a few drinks, dance a little, (sorry we prefer the slower stuff to today’s dance music), and celebrate.... Continue Reading →

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