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This week from Charleston

March 28, 2013 This week two of my bills passed out of the Judiciary Committee, hopefully towards passage in the full House. more »»

This week from Charleston

March 15, 2013 This week saw the House vote on its second gun bill of this year's session. Although the bills' sponsors were Democrats, I voted no. more »»

A preview of a summer day

March 15, 2013 6:30 a.m.: A red bird is knocking on my window. I don’t really want to wake just yet, but I drift out of my dozy slumber to “tick tick,” “tick”, tick tick”. more »»

This week from Charleston

March 11, 2013 This week saw the effective end of the bipartisan Eastern Panhandle caucus. This is a real shame. Caucuses are groups of legislators who have common interests. more »»

Considering the 'New Normal'

February 15, 2013 As I look forward to spring and all of its wonderful refreshing new beginnings I turn to thoughts of myself and my next chapter in this life. more »»

A Different View from the Inside

January 18, 2013 Astrologically speaking, I am a bundle of opposites. I was born literally on the cusp of Leo and Cancer. more »»

1972-The year I ruined Christmas

December 21, 2012 When I was five and just a tiny squirt, I totally ruined Christmas. more »»

What to watch out for when donating to charity

November 30, 2012 (StatePoint) Even when times are tough, many Americans budget a portion of their assets to go to charity. more »»

Reasons to be thankful for the holidays

November 16, 2012 What makes me thankful as the holiday season arrives once again? As the inevitable rush of retail store ads and TV infomercials pound us relentlessly with annoying pressure and the tacky yet... more »»

The rocking chair – a ghost story

October 19, 2012 Her mother woke with an uneasy feeling at 2 a.m. She couldn’t quite figure out what was wrong, she just felt like something was, well, wrong. more »»

The Tango between seasons

September 21, 2012 Lady Summer bade a disgruntled farewell last night as Prince Autumn rode in on his royal chestnut steed to announce his presence. They will Tango a complicated kind of graceful swing for now. more »»

Finding joy in the dogs days of summer

August 17, 2012 There are very few ways to get chills when it is over 90 degrees in the shade here in West Virginia, but I will tell you, it happened to me just the other day. more »»

Caring for the wild things

June 15, 2012 When we moved to our property seven years ago, we wanted to preserve the abundant wildlife that we found here. more »»

My Own Empy Nest--But Not Really

May 24, 2012 I never really believed this day would ever come. more »»

The Catharsis of Spring Cleaning

April 20, 2012 The challenge of good household spring cleaning is the right timing. I like to clean my house as the last frosts fade and are replaced with new spring moss. more »»

Surprising endorsements coming from the future

March 16, 2012 Just for the record, the contents of this article are deliberately misleading and contain half-truths, tall-tales and absolutely no fact-checking. more »»

A salute to the bad movies

February 17, 2012 Being a longtime fan of the cinema, I have experienced many different types of films, and while not all of them can be considered good or even enjoyable, every single one of them has taught many,... more »»

Go Google Yourself! (in a non-obscene way)

January 20, 2012 Have you ever, in an idle moment, given in to the temptation to Google yourself, possibly in the hope of seeing if the world at large values you as highly as they should? Or maybe to make sure that,... more »»

Single-member districts: amendment needed

December 16, 2011 When the legislature convenes in January for the 2012 regular session I will introduce a proposed constitutional amendment requiring single-member districts for the House of Delegates in the 2021... more »»

I believe in two things – Service and The Moment

December 8, 2011 Once when young, I was commuting into New York City. One Friday evening, looking out the commuter bus window at the Lincoln Tunnel, I didn't see Manhattan's bejeweled skyline. more »»



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