Take a listen to the debut issue of “Mountain State of Mind,” a new podcast of the Charleston Gazette-Mail, that focuses on the development of the “West Virginia Activist Archive.”
October 31, 2015
Two video visits to the remarkable Pumpkin House in Kenova, West Virginia, one of the Seven Wonders of the Mountain State.
November 29, 2014
An extremely short tale of a random five-dollar bill, a pudgy Catholic kid and a wet sidewalk in Charleston, West Virginia.
June 27, 2013
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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.
June 16, 2013
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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’.
June 2, 2013
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.
May 29, 2013
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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.
May 22, 2013
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?