Fighting the honeysuckle invasion

Fighting the honeysuckle invasion

Several years ago I realized that our farm was being invaded by Japanese Honeysuckle, an aggressive shrub that takes over and smothers everything in i...

October 28th, 2019 |  


West Virginia Ready Graduates

West Virginia Ready Graduates

“Be Prepared” is a motto that we often talk about in my service with the Boy Scouts’ Buckskin Council, and it’s certainly one ...

October 25th, 2019 |  


Scare away poisons this Halloween

Halloween is a time for fun and treats for princes, princesses, and superheroes, but experts at the West Virginia Poison Center (WVPC) warn parents to...

October 25th, 2019 |  



Good to the last bad drop

Good to the last bad drop

September was a very bad month for anyone concerned about the environment and anyone who lives in it. That, you understand, is us.In the first salvo, ...

October 22nd, 2019 |  


Grandparents are not cool?

Grandparents are not cool?

One of our granddaughters turned 13 this week, and the topic of discussion for my wife and I the past couple of weeks has been taking an inventory of ...

October 22nd, 2019 |  


Container gardening at a higher level

Container gardening at a higher level

Container gardening is a popular way to enjoy color. Whether you grow houseplants indoors, vegetables or annual flowers in pots or window boxes outdoo...

October 21st, 2019 |  


She was more than just a dog

She was more than just a dog

The air has turned crisp as the sun rises and sets each day, and my yard is filled with leaves from a gigantic maple tree that stands behind my house,...

October 15th, 2019 |  


Breasts and a need to know

Breasts and a need to know

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I know the stories of survivors of this disease as well as the stories of several women who did not live. An...

October 15th, 2019 |  


Hostas are problem-solvers for shade

Hostas are problem-solvers for shade

Hosta is a perennial foliage plant so well known and widely planted that many gardeners take it for granted. There are over 3000 named varieties, all ...

October 14th, 2019 |  


Kids still say the darndest things

Kids still say the darndest things

Most homes in the 1950s and 1960s only had one television. Ours sat in the corner of the living room where the afternoon sun wouldn’t cause a gl...

October 14th, 2019 |