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Friars Hill Traffic Report By Sarah Mansheim Managing Editor • Mountain Messenger

High Water

I remember the flood of 1985. I was nine years old, and my aunt and cousin lived in Marlinton. I remember going there the day after, when the waters had receded. For all these years,...

New to Town

This column originally appeared in the Aug. 15, 2015 edition of the Mountain Messenger Now, I’m a newcomer to Friars Hill; I’ve lived there only 11 years and my people only recently moved there back...

My dog, my landscaper

By Sarah Mansheim Ask any of my neighbors, and they will agree, we are the Bumpuses of the neighborhood, and our dogs, Max and Ruby, are the Bumpus Hounds, gleefully barking, humping and digging at...

Punching up

In comedy there are two rules, often at odds, that we strive to live by: 1: always try to punch up, and 2: political correctness is a humor killer. When I first heard the...

Moms gonna mom

Jesus God, we moms are crazy. I’m not talking “look how wacky I am in my ironic ugly Christmas sweater,” crazy - I’m talking straight up Texas cheerleader killing coo coo for Cocoa Puffs Momzillas....

Off the Tops of our Heads

By Sarah Mansheim I was covering a government meeting this week, and an audience member asked the governing members an interesting question. “How do members of the media decide what to write about?” she asked. My reporter...

What we talk about when we talk about bacon

What keeps you going? Is it your church? An energetic exercise routine? Art? A glass of wine? Is it food? Is it sugar? What gets you out of bed in the morning and tamps down the...

World’s Okayest Mom

I don’t want to brag, but, I’m really a pretty okay, less than average, okay-fine-at-least-I’m-not-addicted-to-crack, mom. Yeah. I’m pretty average. It’s cool. It’s pretty easy to be an okay mom. You have to stock your pantry...

I brake for squirrels

Originally published in August 22, 2015 edition of the Mountain Messenger. I brake for squirrels. I also brake for any other animal that comes across my path. If I can, I also swerve, but only...

The cobbler’s children have no shoes

I should have known; I mean, everyone warned me. But I was in love. And this time it was going to be different. When I was growing up, my dad honed his carpentry skills, and...
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