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How to properly recycle a wedding ring

January 9, 2012

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New in ‘Blogalachia': I didn’t want it to go cheaply. I didn’t want it to pay for dinner or even for the start of my new life. I wanted it to perhaps find its way to a new hand, a new marriage and a new start | By Bill Lynch from ‘Ring Cycle’

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Getting the tattoo and getting some other things besides

July 27, 2011

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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.

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Talking Back to Spam – God bless you man

July 18, 2011

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Bishop Nash sits down to have a heart-to-heart chat with some of the spam received at the ‘Meanwhile in West Virginia’ blog.

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Hold off on beaming me up, Scotty. Found some intelligent life

July 15, 2011

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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.

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Of cookie tables, jerkwater towns and undiscovered gems

July 9, 2011

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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.

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Taking a well-informed look at the “The Last Mountain”

June 10, 2011

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“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.

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How to Get Young Folk to West Virginia? No Foolin’ Around

May 30, 2011

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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 …”

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Remembering Hazel Dickens and what her singing taught

May 16, 2011

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‘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.’

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Found Video: ‘What Happened to the Bull’s Jewels’

May 15, 2011

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A charming found video, even if the camera is a little shaky and the subject is how a Calhoun County bull lost its jewels.

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‘Why My Hand Sometimes Shakes': A Personal Tale

May 13, 2011

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“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.”

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Part 2: Surviving the Great West Virginia Flood of 1985

May 11, 2011

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“As we awoke on the morning of November 5, 1985, none of us could imagine the changes that were being wrought upon our world …”

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Surviving the Great West Virginia Flood of 1985

May 10, 2011

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“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.”

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The Power of the Worm Wand: A Cautionary Tale

April 22, 2011

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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.

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Karan-a-go-go tries to find her blogging mojo

April 13, 2011

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The blogger known as ‘Karan-a-go-go’ has been having blogging interruptus issues. She issues a daring challenge to WestVirginiaVille to get her back on the blogging straight and narrow.

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An animated look at a disaster in the making

January 21, 2011

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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.

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A pertinent video after the big resignation

December 6, 2010

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The faces in this video pose the most pertinent and pressing question to the legacy of Don Blankenship.

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Rolling Stone dubs Don Blankenship “The Dark Lord of Coal Country”

November 30, 2010

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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.”

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Black-ish Day of Election Post

November 2, 2010

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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.

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800 Miles To Go Before I Sleep

October 18, 2010

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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.

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