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‘Truth’ on the train—and on the Way

Getting up early in the morning to take my children to the baby sitter in Harpers Ferry, and then hurry on to the train in Brunswick finally made me decide that it would be better to live in the District, if I was going to work there. In the meantime, I rode the MARC train. […]

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How to shine at the backyard barbecue

One of the pleasures in life is being invited to a backyard barbecue. From ribs and chicken to beef and seafood, it seems that every American has his own tasty, unique, closely guarded secret when it comes to outdoor cooking. On the East Coast, pork is king when it comes to slow smoked meat. From […]

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You have a name?

My son was in day care for a year and a half before I decided to stay at home full time. While dropping him off, I would talk with many parents. One woman was always saying goodbye to her son at the same time as me. The two of us hit it off right away, […]

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Summer’s the perfect time for picking berries, making pies

KEARNEYSVILLE – Picking raspberries and blackberries is always a highlight of summer. What better to add to your morning cereal than fresh berries? What beats the aroma of your kitchen as you take just-picked berries and cook up jelly or jam? What tastes better than a fresh-baked berry pie? Berry picking involves more than just […]

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What’s going on with the poplar trees?

“What’s going on with the poplar trees this year?” is a common question I’ve been hearing lately around central West Virginia. “I’ve lived here 50 some years and have never seen the poplar trees look like this,” I had one fellow from Braxton County say to me a few weeks ago. I have to agree […]

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Democratic leaders misleading voters on Obama

There are more than 600,000 registered Democrats in West Virginia so if half of them were to show up at the polls and vote a straight ticket in the November general election that would be 300,000 votes for President Barack Obama. But that number won’t be enough to enable him to carry the state against […]

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Left hand, meet right hand

According to a recent report, Americans back many of the provisions in the nation’s maybe-soon-to-be-about-to-be-former health care law but overwhelmingly reject the law itself. The law, which mandates that insurers can’t not insure due to pre-existing conditions and also provides for adult children of policyholders to stay insured — both popular — remains, nevertheless, unpopular, […]

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Become the prophet of profit

Peter Richman stated it succinctly in his book, “The Insider’s Guide to Growing a Small Business” when he said: “Profit is the only objective measure of your company’s performance.” If this is a fact, and it is, then your business’s Profit and Loss Statement is its scorecard, showing whether you are winning or losing the […]

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Antique Tractor Consumer Report – (Farmall B, circa 1943)

I’m still mowing at the 1950s farm museum until we find someone to fill the late Jerry Kirk’s resident caretaker position. Anyway, there’s a new old tractor on the farm, a Farmall B equipped with a belly mower. The arrival of this restored gem was very timely as it corresponded to the radiator going out […]

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My many West Virginia days

On June 20, 1863, West Virginia became the 35th state admitted to the Union. The land was rugged and huge virgin timber towered over these hills and hollows. Most early settlers staked out the rich fertile bottomlands first. Along these rivers huge virgin oaks, walnuts, yellow poplars, sycamores and other hardwoods grew plentiful in the […]

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