What I Hope We Learn About Sacrifice

I’ve aimed to keep my coronavirus-related posts on the light-hearted side. There’s plenty of gloom and doom without my adding to it. I rarely watch the news anymore and just go to a few, trusted sources for my updates. One of those is the Worldometer. This is a nifty site that simply provides raw dataContinue reading “What I Hope We Learn About Sacrifice”

Appalachian Thursday – Covid Cuisine

Once again, Appalachia is ahead of the curve. Last week, when people began taking this whole coronavirus business more seriously (aka panicking a wee bit), the grocery stores were hit hard. There were the usual suspects–milk and bread–but folks also started buying staples like they were planning to set up a basement shelter to waitContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Covid Cuisine”

My Antidote to the World These Days

I’ve pretty much given up watching the news. Or reading it. I have a few, trusted sources I check in with–but not too often. Instead, I’ve been reading Wendell Berry’s poetry. It’s been my go-to antidote for all sorts of challenges over the years (following a healthy dose of Scripture and prayer!). Here’s the oneContinue reading “My Antidote to the World These Days”

Appalachian Thursday – WV COVID-19 National Champions

Being a native of West Virginia, I’m used to my home state coming last on way too many lists. But with just two cases of coronavirus in the state as of today, it’s nice to see the Mountain State at the bottom of the list. Which has given rise to some pretty hilarious Facebook postsContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – WV COVID-19 National Champions”

The Cure for the Coronavirus Crankies

Man, who knew we could have such strong opinions about toilet paper and washing our hands? And boy howdy, we’re sharing those opinions. And I think it’s safe to say we’re all a little cranky right now. On Sunday, I took a sneezing fit. Which, thankfully, is NOT a symptom of Covid-19. It is, however,Continue reading “The Cure for the Coronavirus Crankies”

Appalachian Thursday – Bloodstoppers

Ever get a cut that just won’t stop bleeding? Or a nose bleed that goes on and on? Or maybe your dog cut his paw and you can’t figure out how to get the blood to stop! I know . . . yuck. But there are some Appalachian remedies/superstitions that could be just the ticketContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – Bloodstoppers”

Learning to Trust my Heart

I don’t much trust my heart these days. And I really, really want to! I have a heart condition called atrial fibrillation. It stinks. What happens is, for no discernible reason, my heart rate will jump from 60 to 160. While I’m sitting still. Or standing. Or even sleeping. It’s exhausting. And incredibly uncomfortable. IContinue reading “Learning to Trust my Heart”

Appalachian Thursday – WV Schools for the Deaf & Blind

When I decided to write a story about a deaf boy who discovers a dead body (The Right Kind of Fool–Nov. 3, 2020), I knew I wanted him to know sign language. But how would a 13-year-old boy in West Virginia learn sign language? Just a little research solved the problem! The creation of theContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – WV Schools for the Deaf & Blind”

Appalachian Thursday – A Good Pig

I’ve been doing triage on some of Thistle’s stuffed toys lately. This trio of squeaky chipmunks live in a plush log. We hide treats inside and she has to remove the toys to get at them. When she was a puppy, she would have destroyed this toy in short order, but now that she’s aContinue reading “Appalachian Thursday – A Good Pig”