Church in the lonesome pines

Church in the lonesome pines

My wife’s late mother, Margaret Whitt Freeman, grew up in southwest Virginia not far from the Clinch Mountains, where the air is pure, the strea...

August 7th, 2019 |  


We have to do something, right?

We have to do something, right?

I would wager that you were horrified when you read about the recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. Only a maniac could condone the taking of i...

August 6th, 2019 |  


Aging is not for the weak

Aging is not for the weak

It seems we do everything to live longer. We try to eat right (I’m lying), we exercise (still lying), and go to the doctor regularly (when force...

August 5th, 2019 |  



Challenge yourself, and find common ground

Fifty-two years ago, Captain told Cool Hand Luke, “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate,” one of the silver screen’s ...

August 1st, 2019 |  


Which path will your student take?

Which path will your student take?

“All roads lead to Rome,” according to the medieval proverb. That is, travelers can take a variety of paths and all end up at the same pla...

August 1st, 2019 |  


Healthy dislike of oats for hay

Healthy dislike of oats for hay

It’s funny how something someone says in a completely unrelated conversation will take you a trip down memory lane into events that you hadnR...

July 29th, 2019 |  


School’s cruel with lunch money threat

School’s cruel with lunch money threat

You wouldn’t think people would want the title of “America’s Meanest,” but it seems so many are vying for it.Today’s win...

July 26th, 2019 |  


Pooling our brains to beat the heat

Pooling our brains to beat the heat

I know everyone’s tired of the heatwave we’ve had in the region much of this summer.For me, though, I’m kind of glad to see it linge...

July 25th, 2019 |  


Sleeping at the foot of the bed

Sleeping at the foot of the bed

Little Jimmy Dickens, the late classic country music star from Bolt, W.Va., sang old-style country music since the beginning of that genre as we know ...

July 24th, 2019 |  


Is your child experiencing the summer slide?

Is your child experiencing the summer slide?

July seems to be an appropriate month to write about what we in education call “the summer slide.” This term refers to the widely held per...

July 23rd, 2019 |