August 26, 2014

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Three Cars on a West Virginia Curve

Candy-colored cars in a curve in the road somewhere out in the ever-rolling hills of West Virginia.

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August 24, 2014

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Marilyn in the Corner

Marilyn lives in a greasy repair shop on the East End of Charleston, W.Va.

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August 24, 2014

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Monk on the Loose

A close encounter with an orange-robed, internationally known monk in the back hills of West Virginia.

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July 27, 2013

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Strolling and snapping down the street

The town where I live is not a big town. Neither is it a bump and a burp in the road. It is quite walkable, which I like to do whenever possible. You only ever get the true measure of a city by walking it all over.

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July 15, 2013

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15 Thoughts on Planting 30 Flowers

I am posting notice that effective this past Sunday afternoon we have ended our run as the Shame of the Cul-de-Sac. Thank you for your patience, dear and not-so-dear neighbors.

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July 8, 2013

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Illuminated Variations on a Charleston skyscraper

Two brothers, one bruised purple sky against which a shiny skyscraper beams like a shaft of heavenly light. The debut of TheWebTheater’s occasional VideoShort Series.

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July 4, 2013

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How Me and Tiger Woods Almost Had a Thing

The day Tiger Woods teed off for his first high-profile round of golf in West Virginia. And how my journalism career nearly ended. A true confession.

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June 27, 2013

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Strong Wind, Strange Soil

Fresh rain pours into the face of the fishermen on the concrete dock dock beneath the great black sky of Wednesday here at the center of everything and nothing. It is one of those nights of storming from the West.

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June 16, 2013

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Another Dinner, Another Downtown

He keeps trying to negotiate with Fate, but she won’t return his calls. Does he even believe in her besides? Karma, more like it, which is, you know, something else entirely. He thinks, as he swirls the just-delivered cucumber-tequila, red salt-encrusted margarita, in a glass the shape of the letter ‘Y’.

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June 9, 2013

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When the grass needs cutting

The grass needs cutting, it’s that damn season when the grass always needs cutting. Not to mention the spidery brown corpses of last year’s porch-side plants I still haven’t ripped out yet.

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June 2, 2013

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Footnote 1: On Trying to Tell the Tale of ‘Elizabeth & George’:

Calling Ric Ocasek! Who was that female singer?! And other ongoing notes about trying to piece together Elizabeth/George’s life through a haze of 30-year-old memories and often incomplete details.

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May 29, 2013

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Meditation on a Lime Margarita

The city lulls. A woman sings passionately on the restaurant stereo, her voice an open faucet of sound above the bar, unintelligible except for this or that word you recall from Spanish high school class, which I nearly failed in college.

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May 22, 2013

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Six Vignettes, One About Two Attorneys

The well-heeled partners cruise by the brewpub window in their dark-blue sharkskin suits, or at least, suits I cannot afford. I’ve long admired their well-oiled hairdos. They must cost $500 an hour, these guys, what do I know. What do I cost?

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May 17, 2013

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Modding my iPhone in 60 Seconds

Th challenge was to create a one-minute video that somehow communicated something that was somehow useful. I just barely made it, borrowing a few extra seconds for the credits in this Final Cut Pro X exercise, with a little juice added by The Flow.

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May 17, 2013

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Photos from a WestVirginiaVille Life

Five photos from a life in the WestVirginiaVille hills — gold rims, where I don’t sit often enough, where I go to church, a Macintosh-face portrait of a native citizen of Digitalistan and a rusted angel overlooking the forgotten dead.

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May 15, 2013

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Pen, Paper and Indra’s Web

I read the national award-winning poet to juice my cadences. Maybe to steal his stately, nutritious, languorous lines. For it has been months since a pen, a real ink pen, touched down upon the snowy lined plains of my journal.

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May 7, 2013

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The cicadas are coming, the cicadas are coming…

Get ready. The 17-year cicadas are coming, HuffPo reports. Here is what a smaller brood sounded like in the Charleston-Huntigton axis in 2008.

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April 21, 2013

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CABARET CAM: “Why Don’t You Wanna Go Out With Me?”

Funny songs are great. Funny songs delivered by superior performing songwriters are even better. Here’s an except from Mark Bates’ song, “Why Don’t You Wanna Go Out With Me?”, performed live recently at Third Eye Cabaret.

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April 13, 2013

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4 Variations on What Spring Looks Like in Barboursville, West Virginia

This is all I got. A big ole magnolia tree in a full-throated shout of Spring blossoming, a mile from my house in the village of Barboursville, W.Va. Four viewing variations, from real to less-real.

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