Bits & Pieces

By Brenda Boykin Alderson Cleaning Up After Your Grown Children I have been thinking for some time now that how the world considers a child as being grown because they turn 18 is hilarious. It’s like blowing smoke up someone’s butt. It may impress them, but the truth remains the truth. If anyone really expects that a person is suddenly grown up More...

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By Mountain Messenger On Friday, August 29th, 2014

True story from ‘The Great War’

Dear Editor: The family name in this telling has been changed, for obvious reasons, but the story is true. The county seat of Monroe County, to our south, Union, was described in 1830 as “a sprightly village” More...

By Mountain Messenger On Friday, August 29th, 2014

WRIGHT TO THE POINT

Jonathan Wright   On this Labor Day weekend it’s worthwhile to look back on our own individual work histories and renew ourselves once more to the deep value of hard, honest work. Most of us remember our More...

By Mountain Messenger On Friday, August 29th, 2014

AG Morrisey sends letter to EPA outlining agency’s failure to follow its own rule-making process

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey this week sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, which outlines further legal objections to EPA’s plan to regulate carbon More...

By Mountain Messenger On Friday, August 29th, 2014

Research links a healthy body to healthy brain

By Dan Heyman Keeping kids active not only keeps their bodies healthy but also their brains, according to new research. “White matter” describes the bundles of axons that carry nerve signals from one area of More...

By Mountain Messenger On Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Bits & Pieces

By Brenda Boykin Alderson Where Are the Doctors! I think I have actually seen my doctor as a patient, twice in about 3 years and that was on “well” visits. My son has not seen his doctor as a patient in over More...

By Mountain Messenger On Friday, August 22nd, 2014

WRIGHT TO THE POINT

Jonathan Wright It was absolutely the greatest family gathering possible—without being connected to a funeral. I’m talking about a phenomenal event I attended last weekend in St. Simons Island, Georgia—none More...

By Mountain Messenger On Friday, August 8th, 2014

‘I’ve got a little list’

Dear Editor: The names of J. Edgar Hoover, Sir William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan don’t often appear at the same time in the same story but there is a connection when you look at certain details. Mr. Hoover’s More...

By Mountain Messenger On Friday, August 8th, 2014

Bits & Pieces

By Brenda Boykin Alderson Daily Life Challenges As if life does not offer enough challenges, my stove quit working. It is partially my fault. My bottom oven element burned out, so DIY me ordered a replacement and More...

By Mountain Messenger On Friday, August 8th, 2014

National Breastfeeding Month – It’s the perfect baby food

By Dan Heyman August is National Breastfeeding Month, and supporters are touting the benefits of mother’s milk – often called “nature’s perfect baby food.” Mothers who breastfeed can reduce their risk More...