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July 27, 2011
Comments Off on Getting the tattoo and getting some other things besides
In the summer of 2007 I had already wanted my tattoo for four years. I could close my eyes and imagine it a part of me, but when I tried too hard to see it, it would slip away into the underbrush like a deer who senses your gaze.
July 18, 2011
Comments Off on Talking Back to Spam – God bless you man
Bishop Nash sits down to have a heart-to-heart chat with some of the spam received at the ‘Meanwhile in West Virginia’ blog.
July 15, 2011
So, one of the missions of WestVirginiaVille is to scope out who’s doing interesting work on the Web. ‘Meanwhile in West Virginia,” a collaboritve blog by four Marshall students, passes muster.
July 9, 2011
Comments Off on Of cookie tables, jerkwater towns and undiscovered gems
Is Pittsburgh cooler than Austin? Are cookie tables the next hipster find? Is Weirton, W.Va., a jerkwater town or the next undiscovered gem? Or both? A Blogalachia re-post poses a few timely questions.
June 10, 2011
Comments Off on Taking a well-informed look at the “The Last Mountain”
“The Last Mountain” screens in Charleston and here are some thoughtful observations about a movie that has gotten widespread buzz in its depiction of the devastation caused by mountaintop removal mining.
May 30, 2011
Attract young people to West Virginia? Sure, says today’s Blogalachia commentary, but what kind? “Get the most hard-core world-changers we can. No one needs self-absorbed “what’s in it for me” types right now …”
May 16, 2011
Comments Off on Remembering Hazel Dickens and what her singing taught
‘One might be tempted to say that we’re poorer today because of Hazel’s Dickens passing, but a trip to YouTube will show that her spirit enriches the repertoire of musicians all over the world.’
May 15, 2011
Comments Off on Found Video: ‘What Happened to the Bull’s Jewels’
A charming found video, even if the camera is a little shaky and the subject is how a Calhoun County bull lost its jewels.
May 13, 2011
“My tic used to infuriate my old boyfriend. The first time he hurt me was, perhaps not coincidentally, the first time my hand shook this way.”
May 11, 2011
“As we awoke on the morning of November 5, 1985, none of us could imagine the changes that were being wrought upon our world …”
May 10, 2011
“November 4, 1985, may just be another day to most of you,” writes Matthew Burns, “but it will forever be imprinted in my psyche as the day that defined my life.”
April 22, 2011
An entertaining essay by Charleston, W.Va., native Elizabeth Gaucher, who manages to muse her way from a childhood game to issues of authoritarian manipulation.
January 21, 2011
Comments Off on An animated look at a disaster in the making
When Bayer CropScience announced the company would stop storing locally methyl isocyanate (MIC), the media and activists were blamed for harming the economy. A vivid animation shows the larger stakes.
December 6, 2010
Comments Off on A pertinent video after the big resignation
The faces in this video pose the most pertinent and pressing question to the legacy of Don Blankenship.
November 30, 2010
Comments Off on Rolling Stone dubs Don Blankenship “The Dark Lord of Coal Country”
However Don Blankenship’s career ends, “his story is a deeply tragic one,” says Rolling Stone in a profile of the Massey Energy CEO titled “The Dark Lord of Coal Country.”
November 2, 2010
Raising the right questions, as some in the Navajo Nation are undertaking to do, would go a long way toward kick-starting the conversation about the future of coal in Appalachia.
October 18, 2010
Should you ever get the bright idea to drive 800 miles to Chattanooga down-and-back in one day to rescue your son’s burned-up Honda, think again. A first-person cautionary tale.
October 17, 2010
Comments Off on Jeremiah’s 3-Point Plan on how to Rescue Joe
Take a read on a reprint of a West Virginia Blue post on how West Virginia’s governor might win back voters turned off by how he has tried to out-Raese John Raese in the unexpectedly tight race for Sen. Robert C. Byrd’s seat.