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Sandpaper people in a rough-edged world

April 23, 2011 Every person on the face of the earth meets up with him or her at one time or another — someone who absolutely rubs you the wrong way, taxes your nerves and drives you to distraction. more »»

Are you in need of strength?

April 16, 2011 Driving to drop the kids off for school while still in your pajamas, you glance at the backseat after they exit and realize two of them have forgotten their lunches. more »»

Life is full of the unexpected

April 9, 2011 Driving down Route 33 in a panic stricken mode, you realize, life as you knew it is now over. more »»

There is joyfulness in the life of a single parent

April 2, 2011 According to the organization Parents without Partners, as of 2000 an estimated 13.5 million single parents had custody of 2. more »»

Obtain an unshakable faith

March 26, 2011 Tsunamis, earthquakes and tornadoes are no small matter in the world today. Media attention to these catastrophes bring home to our mountains the devastation that lies elsewher. more »»

Stress can be a hurtful weapon

March 19, 2011 It happens to every home, some more often than others: The circus comes to town. Oh, I don’t mean the “Big Top” with the elephants, acrobats and cotton cand. more »»

The power of forgiveness

March 12, 2011 If life were a Hallmark card and every second a Kodak moment, there would be warm and fuzzy times throughout each and every day. more »»

When love is too much

March 5, 2011 Walking out to my vehicle to go to work the other morning, I wondered: How did I get here and how did things get so out of control? Can we nurture too much? Can a person love too much? The little... more »»

The trials of our everyday

February 26, 2011 Heading out to the voting polls on Tuesday, you spill coffee on yourself and have to go back into the house and change clothes. more »»

As tragedy hits close to home

February 19, 2011 When a sleepy little town such as Elkins awakens to the devastation that happened on Wednesday morning, it does something to the equilibrium of our oasis. more »»

The Daily Grind

February 12, 2011 Although Valentine’s Day is considered a time of love and togetherness, for quite a few folks it is also a time of loneliness. more »»

The art of loving a difficult person

February 5, 2011 Difficult people. They are everywhere. They are in the store lines, on the roads, in the workplace and possibly even in your own family. more »»

It’s time to get out of the clutches of the wintertime blues

January 29, 2011 Driving home from work, I couldn’t help but notice the landscaping along the way looked magical. more »»

Get over guilt

January 22, 2011 The cooler in the store beckoned me ... I looked longingly. I had not had one in a very long time. Remembering my girlhood and teen years, I longed for a cool, long drink; but I really shouldn’. more »»

What is your love language?

January 15, 2011 I know, I know, Valentine’s Day is an entire month away, but my desire is to give you a head start. Every person on the face of the earth has a love language. more »»

Scars remind us of where we’ve been

January 8, 2011 It has been said: “Scars remind us where we’ve been. They don’t have to dictate where we are going.” On the inside of each of my ankles, there are scars. more »»

Resolve to end resolution making

December 31, 2010 The latest statistics are in: 30 percent of all resolutions are broken within the first week of the new year. The rest of the lot fold like cheap cameras in less than a month. Not very encouraging. more »»

K.I.S.S. Christmas:?Keep it simple, sweetie

December 24, 2010 Perhaps you are not among those like Ebenezer Scrooge who believes everyone who utters the words “Merry Christmas” should have a stake of holly through his heart. more »»

The Daily Grind

December 18, 2010 Though Christmas is around the corner and the sights, sounds and aromas surround us, many are thinking ahead, even now, of the future: The new year and all it holds for them. more »»

Building a strong character

December 11, 2010 We’ve all heard the little analogy, “What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger. more »»



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