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Notes on trying to be a confessional writer

April 27, 2012

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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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The Shape We’re In, Then and Now

April 25, 2012

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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.

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Found Poem of the Day from the Calhoun Chronicle

October 23, 2011

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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.

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Seeing the roccoco Keith-Albee and one unrelenting film

October 22, 2011

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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.’

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Looking back at what West Virginia used to look like

October 19, 2011

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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.

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Sounding out the Fantasy of the Greenbrier Resort

August 3, 2011

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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.

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Recalling the terrible flood of 1961 in the Kanawha Valley

July 21, 2011

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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.

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Listening in on the recent march on Blair Mountain

July 5, 2011

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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.

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Marching back to Blair Mountain – with roadblocks in the way?

June 9, 2011

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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.

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After the dust settled in Hawk’s Nest Tunnel and the dying began

June 4, 2011

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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.

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A Few Words on ‘Sleeping At the Foot of the Bed”

May 18, 2011

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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.”

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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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Pictures Out of the Past

February 21, 2011

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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.

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Recalling the Great 1985 Flood in West Virginia

November 5, 2010

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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.

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A musical tour through the W.Va. Music Hall of Fame

September 24, 2010

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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.

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Are rock cairns a Native American ritual site?

November 15, 2009

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A complex of 53 mysterious rock cairns is found on a rural West Virginia farm in the Appalachian hills. Was it a Native American Indian ritual site?

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