I have never counted myself among the cadre of brave or bold writers writers or singer-songwriters when it comes to personal revelation under my own name.
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April 27, 2012
Comments Off on Notes on trying to be a confessional writer
April 25, 2012
Comments Off on The Shape We’re In, Then and Now
A slideshow from the Charleston Gazette series “The Shape We’re In” tracks how the literal shape of things — of people themselves — has changed in West Virginia.
October 23, 2011
Comments Off on Found Poem of the Day from the Calhoun Chronicle
Poems can be found in the most unexpected places. Such as page 2 of the Calhoun Chronicle’s “This Week in History,” with news of some chestnuts that came to town 100 years ago.
October 22, 2011
Comments Off on Seeing the roccoco Keith-Albee and one unrelenting film
Being inside the historic Keith-Albee Theater in downtown Huntington is sometimes like being on drugs without the drugs. Photos of the interior on the way to seeing the unreleneting ‘Biutiful.’
October 19, 2011
Comments Off on Looking back at what West Virginia used to look like
A heads up if you’re within striking distance of Charleston, W.Va. This month’s free Charleston ArtWalk features a superb exhibit of remarkable historic West Virginia photos previously profiled in two audio slideshows on WestVirginiaVille.
August 3, 2011
An auditory and video essay on The Greenbrier, with a little visual evidence as to who really makes the fantasy world of the historic resort come to life.
July 21, 2011
Comments Off on Recalling the terrible flood of 1961 in the Kanawha Valley
There are far smaller disasters that no one outside of a region knows about – just a handful of people killed. And yet these events are no less seared into a local community’s consciousness.
July 5, 2011
Comments Off on Listening in on the recent march on Blair Mountain
Take a listen to Catherine Moore’s 10-minute audio documentary on the recent 50-mile march on Blair Mountain by a colorful crew of hundreds of marchers, intent on preserving the historic site.
June 9, 2011
A video tracks the start of this week’s March to Blair Mountain with an excerpt from a Charleston Gazette story that raises a question of whether coal companies are attempting to affect the march’s forward progress.
June 4, 2011
Comments Off on After the dust settled in Hawk’s Nest Tunnel and the dying began
If you live outside West Virginia, it’s more than likely you may know next to nothing about one of America’s most horrific industrial disasters. But the Hawk’s Nest Tunnel Disaster is no ancient history, says a documentary filmmaker.
May 18, 2011
Comments Off on A Few Words on ‘Sleeping At the Foot of the Bed”
Donald Call, a native of the tiny burg of Culloden, W.Va., is an excellent example of “how a life can be lived quietly, yet abundantly robust.”
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.”
February 21, 2011
If a picture says a thousand words, then this musical slideshow of historic photos of mountain living in West Virginia speaks tens of thousands of them.
November 5, 2010
Click over to the Charleston Gazette’s remembrance in story and video recalling the 1985 Flood, which devastated several towns in West Virginia and washed away 47 lives.
September 24, 2010
Comments Off on A musical tour through the W.Va. Music Hall of Fame
What do “Sweet George Brown,” “Lean on Me” and avante-garde classical music in the round all have to do with West Virginia? Hear and see the answer in a visit with the founder of the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.